3rd Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo surgery a success, says doctor


Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s third cervical spine surgery was successful, but it is going to take a while before she can return to her duties as a Pampanga representative, according to her doctors.

“The surgery went well. We were able to do what we set out to do, no complications,” said Dr. Mario Ver, the orthopedic surgeon in Arroyo’s team of doctors at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig.

“We’re very happy with the procedure. Everything happened as planned, no problem was encountered. We’re very happy with the outcome of the surgery,” he said.

According to Ver, the surgery involved the reconstruction of the anterior part of Arroyo’s cervical spine using a titanium mesh cage with a bone graft that was harvested from her pelvic bone.

“The titanium mesh cage filled with bone graft was inserted as a strut (tukod) anteriorly in her cervical vertebrae and was stabilized further with kick plates,” he explained.

Halo vest

Bone growth from the mesh would fuse the vertebrae in Arroyo’s cervical spine, allowing the doctors to remove the halo vest that is attached to her neck and head.

The halo vest is to ensure that Arroyo’s cervical spine is immobilized to help speed up the growth of bones in the damaged area, the doctor explained.

“We will monitor bone growth which could take weeks,” said Ver, who expressed optimism that the damaged parts of Arroyo’s spine will be repaired after Wednesday’s surgery, her third in less than a month.

Once the bone graft fuses with Arroyo’s damaged cervical spine, Ver said the former president will have to undergo a minor surgery again to remove the halo vest.

“Although wearing it is really uncomfortable, the halo vest is a must right now,” he said.

Arroyo went through a third operation on Wednesday after doctors discovered that the titanium implant previously placed on her spine had been dislodged because of “inherent bone problem.”

Arroyo’s first surgery was done on July 29 at the same hospital during which titanium implants and bone substitute were used to rebuild her spine.

She had to undergo a “revision” surgery on Aug. 10 after it was found that the implants connecting four levels of Arroyo’s spine had been dislodged by what they initially thought was an infection.

Poor bone quality

The doctors later said the problem was traced to Arroyo’s poor bone quality caused by hypoparathyroidism, an endocrine disorder in which the parathyroid glands in the neck do not produce enough the parathyroid hormone (PTH) that helps control calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D levels in the blood and bone.

Dr. Juliet Gopez-Cervantes, Arroyo’s main attending physician, also said that Arroyo’s “genetic make-up is very rare.”

The third operation was initially scheduled for last Tuesday but Arroyo developed a fever.

The doctors decided to push through with the operation on Wednesday after Arroyo’s fever went down, said Marilen Lagniton, St. Luke’s vice president for customer affairs.

Cervantes said the former leader was back in the coronary care unit “not because she’s in a critical condition.”

“We just want to closely monitor her recovery until she can be transferred to a regular room. We want to control the environment [with] no visitors allowed yet because we want her to rest further so we will be able to have [a] better result,” she said.

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  • Anonymous

    I do not understand why the media takes a keen interest in this topic.

    • http://twitter.com/tanmarius_23 tristan marius

      @SelmerMk6:disqus : to every Filipino, stories about Gloria Arroyo is of interest because people want to know what will be the next scene for the theatrical evasiveness of this plunderer from the law. this is such a big show for everyone. just remember that karma is the great universal balancer. whatever you have done will be returned to you in its full weight. she is just harvesting what she have sown. she betrayed the trust that people gave her when Estrada was ousted.
      when she ran for President, she called a comelec official to ensure a lead of over 1 million votes- a good indication of cheating. when we were still a student, once we were caught cheating, we will be dealt with accordingly, the school can even kick us out. whether she won or not but the bottomline is: she cheated in the election. cheating is a crime, and crime pays. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

        Why would the TV station cut its program just to announce the Evil Bitch’s health condition?  We’re not interested.  We don’t care.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

      The media might be on GMA’s payroll.  

  • Anonymous

    Kailan kaya yung 4th ? Di na matatapos yang moro moro na yan hanggat di nakakabalik nang Portugal.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZOKC6X7Q52Z4E5VLYNB7GF72Y Kaloy

      Announced na nga ang 4th minor surgery after 30 days, removal of the halo vest di ba? Ang 5th? Iyan ay removal of the mole in her face. Si belo na mag-ooperate niyan.

      Guess what the 6th will be. Right. Removal of the lying tongue.

      Have a nice day sid.

  • gdarjuan

    Boring news! Ngayon mas exciting pa ang penpal section!

  • Anonymous

    next in line…miguel arroyo….4 surgeries will be performed………

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    Of course it was a success.  Either her condition was not that serious or the surgery never took place at all.  What we want to hear is she’s dying.

  • Anonymous

    Hallelujah! Praise be to God! At least now she’d be healthy enough to stand trial….that is of course, if we ever go that far. Another Hallelujah if indeed we go that far.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Dr. Juliet Gopez-Cervantes, Arroyo’s main attending physician, also said that Arroyo’s “genetic make-up is very rare.”

    From pinched nerve to genetic make-up. Pakisampal ako please!

  • http://pinoy-politics.blogspot.com Monsi Serrano

    GOD is giving you another chance to reconcile with HIM, take advantage of it & don’t let pride reign in your heart. Remember, Lucifer’s greatest sin is pride. He thought by being a “light bearer” the etymological meaning of Lucifer’s name, he will be the next GOD. Madame, it’s not yet too late to turn yourself to HIM.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reymedina-Fong/100001830895982 Reymedina Fong

      blind  idiot   god

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHASLFOABRFQ65B7ZMMCIYRTYY Steve Hicks

        Stupid blind idiot ATHEIST.

    • Anonymous

      Are you Lucifer’s disciple?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHASLFOABRFQ65B7ZMMCIYRTYY Steve Hicks

        Ano ba  naman klaseng tanong yan? hindi ba obvious na si Monsi Serrano po ay nag tuturo ng REPENTANCE at RECONCILIATION and FORGIVENESS. Papatawa ka ba?

      • http://pinoy-politics.blogspot.com Monsi Serrano

        steve, don’t argue with someone who doesn’t understand what i said. sometimes, there are people who are eager beaver. they’ll say something out of heck without realizing it. :-) pagpasensyahan mo na si manggoding. :-)

      • Anonymous

        Sorry never heard.

  • Anonymous

    “The doctors later said the problem was traced to Arroyo’s poor bone
    quality caused by hypoparathyroidism, an endocrine disorder in which the
    parathyroid glands in the neck do not produce enough the parathyroid
    hormone (PTH) that helps control calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D
    levels in the blood and bone.”

    Doc, Kindly explain in plain language please. Pakisabi na lang marupok na ang buto ni Arroyo dahil sa dami ng operasyon at gamot na ininom.

  • Anonymous

    i am wondering why waste a few kilobytes of disk space for this column..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nothandsome-Nottrue/100000576812385 Nothandsome Nottrue

    kung ang iba sa sobrang bilis ng pagangat ng kabuhayan at napakayabang, kapag bumagsak, ang sinasabi pinatid lang ng diyos para hindi masyadong maging malabis, itong si gloria, hindi pinatid, siya ay BINATUKAN. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000344530757 Guillermo Nera

    Kahit ano pa sabihin si Ate Glo parin ang pinakamagaling na presidente hindi lang ng ating bansa kundi sa buong mundo, Marami paring filipino ang di makatanggap nito dahil  hindi dugong filipino ang nanalantay . A hard working leader like no one else deserved respect and admiration . To you Madam President we wish for your speedy recovery so you can enjoy your life again. Thank you for making us proud as a filipino for atleast nine years of your EXCELLENT service as our leader.

    • Jae mann

      pinakamagaling na presidente? oo tama ka.. pinaka magaling MANGURAKOT.. magkano kinurakot nya? 9 year ninakawan nya tayo.. kaya ikaw NERA.. mukha ka siguro PERA.. kaya maka GMA ka din.. magsama sama kayo sa impyerno ..

  • Anonymous

    SANA ang susunod ay OPERATION linis bayan na!

  • Anonymous

    puro kayo sinungaling pati ang pasyente nyo.

  • Anonymous

    More Arroyo Anomaly..
    1.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of two franchise bills
    2.The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for Arroyo’s achievements.
    3.The report said the PIA received from the Department of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488 million was appropriated for it under the national budget.
    4.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political enemies
    5.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of extra judicial killings of militants
    6.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo critic, Cory Aquino
    7.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of Pag-Ibig
    8.- Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.
    9.- Midnight appointment of an Arroyo lapdog, Renato Corona, as SC Chief Justice

    – 200+ other illegal midnight appointments
    10.- Mikey Arroyo’s undeclared properties in California
    11.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like Ninoy’s murderers
    12.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek presidential clearance before testifying in Congress hearings

    13.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency in 2004

    14.- “Vote Buying” by giving away Philhealth cards

    15.- Taxpayers’ money for her giant billboards and and PCSO tv campaign ads[/b]

    16- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as COMELEC chair
    17.- Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses from Australia worth P384 million.
    18.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16 times, son Mikey 69
    19.PNoy: PAGCOR spent P1B on coffee
    20.Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
    all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair for the five helicopters.
    21.Pagcor ‘pabaon’ to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: P345M
    22.The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas(Jueteng lord)
    23.Glorietta 2 and Batasan bombings
    The Glorietta 2 bombing happened during the height of the bribery case which took place in Malacañang.

    24.Misuse of Balikatan funds
    Navy Lt. Nancy Gadian revealed an alleged malversation of funds in 2007
    25.Solon: Charge Gloria Arroyo for taking P98-M from PNoy’s social fund
    Former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Narciso Abaya, Dionisio Santiago, Generoso Senga, Hermogenes Esperon, and Alexander Yano,chiefs of staff – Angelo Reyes, Diomedio Villanueva, and Roy Cimatu
    and MANY MORE..

  • Anonymous

    Arroyo corruption and many more..
    1. NBN ZTE Scandal

    2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors (October 2007)

    3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (Hello Garci)

    4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

    5. Jose Pidal Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 Million)
    6. Nani Perez Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

    7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning

    8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 Million)

    9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

    10. Extra Judicial Killings
    11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)
    12. General Garcia and Other Military Men

    13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) (P1.3 Billion)

    14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

    15. Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (Zubiri, Bedol)

    16. NAIA-3

    17. Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

    18. Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque
    19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states
    22.the C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar
    23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA).
    24 P780-million LWUA funds-Prospero Pichay
    25 Bishop’s SUV-Gloria Pandak Birthday gift
    26 Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund
    27 Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy Ampatuan
    28.P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties from 2002 to May this year.

    30. 600,000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for the rice importation.
    31.Dato Arroyo wife bought the condo unit for $570,000, 70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown San Francisco.

  • Anonymous

    Aba naman Gloriang Swapang, Puno ka ng grassa, Pinandidirihan ka ng tao Ang yaman ng bayan ay? kinurakot mo lahat Bukod kang mandaraya at sinungaling Sasambahin ka lahat ng sip-sip na alipores? mo Sumaimpierno sana ang kaluluwa mo At pinagmumura din ang lahat ng mga anak mo at asawa mong mabaho pa sa bilasang isada Ang yaman na ninakaw mo Ay sindami ng kasalanan mo Ikaw ay sasantohin ng lahat ng demonyong nakapaligid sa iyo, Dahil sa nakaw mong puwesto….wala ng natira sa… A-M-E-N-

  • Anonymous

    yes doc. cervantes her “genetic make-up is very rare”..bihira lang yun sobra evil at greedy na tao…and by the way doc…how come mahaba pa rin buhok ni GMA?  di ba dapat shaved siya or at least maiksi ang buhok for the operation??? or sobra galing ng mga doktor sa St. Lukes….

  • Anonymous

    what do you expect, Miguel Arroyo is successful in obtaining a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the watch-list issued by De Lima so it is logical that the operation of Gloria Arroyo would be successful also since she doesn’t need to pretend very sick…. next: a TRO against watch-list order in favor of Pandak, courtesy of SC Chief Justice Corona…. and they all live happily ever after…. abroad.

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