News agency: Saudi king has successful surgery

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Posted: Oct 17, 2011 10:04 AM
News agency: Saudi king has successful surgery

Saudi Arabia's aging ruler had successful back surgery on Monday at the King Abdel Aziz medical compound in Riyadh, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

SPA quoted a Royal Palace statement as saying the 86-year-old King Abdullah's surgery was to treat a loose vertebra in his back and that the surgery was "completed with success, thank God."

The king arrived at the hospital Sunday night. A picture distributed by SPA showed him using a walking stick, but otherwise appearing healthy.

Abdullah had two back surgeries late last year in New York City.