The Royal Court of Norway has issued a statement on Saturday, 10 October 2020, regarding King Harald’s progress following his operation.

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

King Harald’s doctor, and Bjørn Bendz, Chief Physician from the Cardiovascular and Lung Clinic at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet physician says His Majesty is doing well, had a short walk and his condition is good.

His Majesty the King is doing well after yesterday’s intervention. The King has had a short walk, and the condition is good.

King Harald’s doctor and Chief physician Bjørn Bendz

King Harald had had surgery to replace an artificial heart valve on Friday, 9 October 2020, as they usually have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

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

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

A new biological heart valve was inserted via the access 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.

His Majesty will remain on sick leave for the rest of October whilst Crown Prince Haakon will remain as Regent.

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