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Pence says Mrs. Trump's procedure 'long-planned'

Pence says Mrs. Trump's procedure 'long-planned'

First lady Melania Trump underwent kidney surgery Monday and is expected to remain hospitalized for several days, her spokeswoman said.

The statement vaguely described the procedure as "an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition" but offered no additional details about the first lady's condition or treatment.

Another time when a president was not at the hospital while the first lady was undergoing surgery was when Laura Bush was having a procedure to help her with pinched nerves in her neck in 2007.

By far the most common diagnosis that leads to this kind of procedure is a benign growth called an angiomyolipoma - a tangle of blood vessels, muscle and fat. Trump let everyone know via Twitter that it was a "Successful procedure, she is in good spirits".

Vice President Mike Pence says the medical procedure that first lady Melania Trump underwent to treat a kidney condition was "long-planned".

"My list of benign conditions that you'd embolize is pretty short", he said.

The president spent a little over an hour at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with his wife Monday evening before departing via motorcade under threat of bad weather.

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President Donald Trump stayed behind in the White House, officials said, since his travel to the hospital could have meant a press pool would have camped out during the private medical procedure.

Grisham says Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just outside Washington and will likely remain there for the rest of the week. "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!"

According to the a White House spokesperson, the procedure was successful without any complications.

"There are certain benign tumors that may be treated this way", he continued.

The hospitalization comes as Melania Trump, 48, has taken a higher-profile role in the White House in recent weeks.

"This is one of those moments where all partisanship and rancor stops for a moment as we ALL wish First Lady Melania a swift return to good health!"