BREAKING NEWS: King Charles III has left the London Clinic, he is fine

His Majesty left the London Clinic after prostate surgery

by Lorenzo Ciotti
BREAKING NEWS: King Charles III has left the London Clinic, he is fine
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There had been rumors and speculation regarding the lengthening of his hospitalization, but just a few minutes ago King Charles III left the London Clinic, having been hospitalized for three days following prostate surgery.

His Majesty had been hospitalized in the prestigious private London clinic since last Friday and, after three nights spent in hospital, he, accompanied by Queen Camilla, is returning to Buckingham Palace. A few hours after Kate Middleton, who was also discharged, the sovereign left the hospital from the main door, with Camilla at her side, waving with a smile.

Then he got into the car and, accompanied by the royal procession, drove away.

According to unofficial sources cited by Sky News, King Charles' surgery will force him to be absent from all official external commitments for about a month.

King Charles and Queen Camilla© Peter Nicholls / Stringer Getty Images Sport

The reason for hospitalization and surgery

King Charles was hospitalized for surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia. The clinical manifestations are not correlated with the size of the gland: a small prostate can cause much more serious obstructive symptoms than a larger prostate.

The symptoms are of two types: obstructive urinary ones, and irritative ones.

Obstructive symptoms include difficulty in starting urination, intermittent flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, weak urinary flow and effort in urination. Irritative symptoms include frequency of urination, nocturia, i.e.

an increased need during the night, urination urgency and burning sensation when urinating. These symptoms, obstructive and irritative, are evaluated using the International Prostate Symptom Score questionnaire, formulated to verify the severity of the pathology.

BPH can be a progressive condition, especially if it is left untreated. Incomplete emptying of the bladder can lead to the accumulation of bacteria, increasing the risk of urethritis and also to the formation of stones due to the crystallization of salts in the post-void residue.

Urinary retention, acute or chronic, is another form of disease progression. Acute urinary retention is the inability to completely empty the bladder, while chronic urinary retention sees the progressive increase in the residual and distension of the bladder muscles.

Those who suffer from chronic urinary retention may suffer from a pathology of renal impairment called obstructive uropathy.