New York: Saudi King Abdullah underwent
successful back surgery at a hospital here, according to a
statement from the Saudi Arabian Royal Court.
The 86-year-old king traveled to the United States
earlier this week for treatment in New York`s Presbyterian
Hospital after suffering from a slipped disc and being
diagnosed with a blood clot pressing on the nerves in his
The king had "a back surgery, in which the blood clot
was extracted, the slipped disc was corrected, and the injured
vertebrae was stabilised...," the Saudi Press Agency quoted a
Royal statement as saying.
"The operation was accomplished successfully," it
King Abdullah had named Crown Prince Sultan to
administer the oil-rich state`s affairs in the monarch`s
absence, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.
"The medical team recommended that he leaves for the US
to visit a spine-specialised medical center in order to
complete medical examinations and for follow-up treatment,"
Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah had said.
Doctors performed tests on the monarch last Friday
after he complained of back pain, and he underwent more tests
on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The top three figures in the kingdom -- Abdullah,
Sultan and Prince Nayef, the country`s interior minister and
second deputy prime minister -- are all sons of King Abdul
Aziz Ibn Saud, who founded modern Saudi Arabia in 1932.
Abdullah has ruled the oil-rich kingdom since the
August 2005 death of his half-brother, King Fahd. But Abdullah
ran most of the kingdom`s affairs for a decade before that on
behalf of his ailing half-brother.