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Bachchan undergoes surgery

The operation was successful and the actor's condition was stable. Wish the star a speedy recovery| What ails Big B?

india Updated: Dec 01, 2005 04:32 IST

Ailing superstar Amitabh Bachchan was operated upon at the Lilavati Hospital on Wednesday night. Sources said the surgery was to treat diverticulitis — the development of small, hollow pockets in the large intestine that get infected.
The two-hour operation was successful and the actor’s condition was stable. Doctors have advised him complete rest and banned him from working till December-end.

Bachchan’s personal physician Jayant Barve was said to be a part of the seven-member team of doctors that operated on him even as anxious fans and the media waited outside.

Bachchan was admitted to Lilavati on Monday after he complained of acute stomach pain in New Delhi. Initial medical opinion was that the actor had colitis — an inflammation of the intestine. The surgery came as a surprise to Bachchan fans across the country, especially since it was believed that he would be discharged by Wednesday evening. The hospital had told the media at about 4 pm that there would be an official briefing, but barely an hour later, the briefing was cancelled. Bachchan’s family had apparently asked the hospital not to divulge any details on the actor’s health, sources said. Before the surgery, Bachchan underwent another round of tests.

First Published: Dec 01, 2005 04:32 IST