The Royal Court of Norway has released an update saying King Harald’s heart valve surgery on Friday, 9 October 2020, was a success.

King Harald V of Norway. Photo: Photo: Jørgen Gomnæs, The Royal Court

King Harald is in good condition.

Rikshospitalet’s Department of Cardiology’s Chief Physicians Bjørn Benz, Lars Aaberge and Christian Eek carried out the operation.

King Harald was awake during the operation, which was performed via the groin with local anesthetics, according to Dr Bjørn Bendz, in a ‘hybrid room – a combination of an X-ray laboratory and operating theatre.’

A temporary pacemaker was first installed, then the procedure itself, which was performed via a carotid artery in the groin.

A new biological heart valve was inserted via the access in the in the inguinal artery and placed inside the old valve. The old flap was thus pushed out to the side of the new well-functioning flap.

The King had an operation in 2005 to replace the original aortic valve, between his heart and the main artery, with an artificial one.

These artificial valves have a lifespan between 10 and 15 years so it was time for King Harald to have further surgery for a new one.

King Harald was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit for further observation.

Crown Prince Haakon, arriving for the opening of the 165th Storting on 2 October 2020, will remain as Regent. Photo: Morten Bakestad/Stortinget

His Majesty will remain on sick leave during October whilst Crown Prince Haakon will remain as Regent.

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