MANILA, Philippines, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo underwent surgery Wednesday to remove an infected cervical spine implant, her doctor said.
The seven-hour operation at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Manila removed a titanium plate that was implanted July 29 to realign Arroyo’s spine, the Philippine Inquirer.net reported.
Arroyo, 64, suffers from a condition called cervical spondylosis where the bones in the neck deteriorate with age resulting in a misalignment of the spine and pressure on nerves.
Dr. Juliet Cervantes, Arroyo’s attending physician, told a news conference that Arroyo would need to undergo a third operation for a new implant once her condition improves.
She said the former president’s neck was being held up by an “external support” in lieu of an implant.