Colonic stricture, also called stenosis, is a condition in which part of the large intestine becomes narrower than usual. It can become dangerous if it is too narrow to let food safely pass through. Diverticulitis, a common condition that involves the formation of small bulges or sacs on the wall of the colon, can cause the stricture.
Recovery from diverticulitis surgery typically includes a hospital stay of up to a week and at least another two weeks of limited activity.
Pope Francis last underwent an operation in 2019, for cataracts.
Early this year, the 84-year-old pontiff was forced to miss several public events due to a recurrence of the sciatic pain that struck him at the end of 2020.
Francis has suffered from the painful condition for a number of years.
Generally healthy, at the beginning of 2020, the pope canceled some of his public audiences due to having a cold.
After his personal physician died from the coronavirus in January, Pope Francis appointed internalist Roberto Bernabei as his doctor.