Thursday 8 February 2007

Queen Margrethe's successful knee surgery

Prince Henrik is supporting Queen Margrethe through her latest medical problem, says Billed Bladet this week (as we would expect).

According to an official statement on the Danish royal website by Lord Chamberlain Ove Ullerup, Queen Margrethe's knee surgery has gone well. This morning (8 February) the surgery went well and according to plan and took about an hour. The surgery has taken place at the Orthopaedic Department at the Århus University Hospital. The surgeon Dr Anders Odgaard says the Queen is not in pain, is fine and will start rehabilitation exercises almost straight away.

Added: from The Copenhagen Post:

Queen recuperating after knee operation

9 February 2007

Queen Margrethe now has two artificial knees after undergoing successful surgery Thursday.
A sore but healthy Queen Margrethe was reportedly doing fine at Århus Hospital after undergoing an operation for a new artificial right knee Thursday.
The Queen will begin rehabilitation immediately and doctors hope to have her home to Amalienborg Palace in a week or so. Dr Anders Odgaard, one of the physicians responsible for the Queen's treatment, said he expected her to be on crutches for up to eight weeks.
The Queen's left knee is also artificial, having been implanted last June, also with Odgaard in charge. This latest operation was the fifth time Queen Margrethe has been under the knife for osteoarthritis in her knees.
The Royal Lord Chamberlain said that some of the Queen's engagements for the next few months have been cancelled, while others will be handled by her husband, Prince Henrik, or her son, Crown Prince Frederik.
Odgaard said that the Queen's operation was a fairly routine one and that nearly 4000 are performed yearly nationwide. The Copenhagen Post

From International Herald Tribune Europe

Denmark's Queen Margrethe undergoes successful knee-replacement surgery

The Associated Press
Published: February 8, 2007

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Danish Queen Margrethe II on Thursday received an artificial right knee during an hourlong surgery at a hospital in northwestern Denmark, a palace statement said.
The surgery at Aarhus City Hospital, 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of Copenhagen, went smoothly, according to Anders Odgaard, the orthopedic surgeon who performed the operation.
The popular monarch was doing well, the statement said, citing Odgaard.
"The Queen has no pain and is looking forward to start her rehabilitation" program, he said in the palace statement.
Margrethe's official duties in the next two months have either been canceled or will be undertaken by her son, Crown Prince Frederik, or her husband, Prince Henrik.
The 66-year-old queen, who suffers from osteoarthritis, has had several operations on both knees and her back since 1992. In September, she had an operation for a hernia.
In recent years, Margrethe has often been seen sitting at official occasions when she would normally stand. When U.S. President George W. Bush visited Denmark in July, Margrethe sat on a chair when she and Bush greeted Danish dignitaries arriving for a lunch at a palace north of Copenhagen.International Herald Tribune Europe

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