Prince Philip has a had a successful hip operation

Admitted to Hospital for Planned Surgery on His Hip

On Sunday, he was absent from the Easter service attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family at St. George's Chapel in Windsor - also the venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19.

In June 2017, he spent two nights in hospital as a "precautionary measure" for the treatment of an undisclosed infection.

Philip withdrew in March from a planned appearance with his son, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, at Windsor Castle to mark Andrew's role as colonel of the Grenadier Guards, which he is taking over from Philip.

He retired from public life past year but has since appeared several times at royal engagements alongside Queen Elizabeth.

Philip, 96, underwent a planned procedure on Wednesday after suffering with a hip problem for about a month. At that time, he was supposed to attend the State opening of Parliament with Queen Elizabeth.

Recovery will depend on the individual patient but, in general, doctors get patients on their feet as quickly as possible and discharge them three to five days after the procedure.

The hospital was rated as "requires improvement" by inspectors a year ago.

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In 2013, the royal household said Philip had once again been admitted to the hospital for exploratory surgery after his doctors revealed that it was necessary following "abdominal investigations".

There maybe be some concern for the duke given his age, but Scarlett McNally, an orthopaedic surgeon and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: "Any operation and any anaesthetic carries some risk".

Patients have to be well enough to cope with a major operation which lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, and the rehabilitation afterwards. It was said that the surgery would take place on Wednesday, April 4.

"It is one of the most clinically effective and cost-effective operations available".

There will be physiotherapy exercises to do at home and crutches are needed for about four to six weeks.

Complications which can occur include hip dislocation, infection, injuries to the blood vessels or nerves, a fracture, differences in leg length.

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