Spain’s king undergoes successful hip surgery

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s King Juan Carlos has had a hip prosthesis successfully removed after he was found to have an infection that made it difficult for him to walk.

Surgeon Miguel Cabanela told reporters at Madrid’s Quiron hospital that the 75-year-old king could be up and about Wednesday afternoon and could return to a certain normal activity on leaving hospital within the next week or so.

He will have to undergo another operation in two months to complete the process.

The king underwent the operation Tuesday. It was his fifth operation in less than two years.

This latest health problem raised some speculation as to whether it was time for the king to abdicate in favor of his son, Crown Prince Felipe, but this was ruled out by the royal palace. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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