PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim underwent spinal surgery in Turkey and will have another operation performed on his right shoulder on Thursday (July 12).
In a statement published on his Facebook page, Anwar said that he decided to go ahead with the surgery as a part of his recovery for his condition.
He said he has lumbar central stenosis, where the spinal canal narrows, causing pain and numbness.
In addition, he has central disk herniation, also known as a slipped disc, which can cause severe neck or lower back pain.
“I had to undergo a follow-up spinal surgery operation at Medipol Mega University Hospital, Istanbul,” said Anwar.
“Alhamdulillah, my health condition has improved after the surgery and I am scheduled to undergo another surgery on Thursday on the right side of my shoulder due to rotator cuff injuries.
“Appreciate everyone’s doa (prayers) and well wishes in seeing it go smoothly,” he said.
Anwar posted photos of him with doctors and his two daughters at the hospital.
In one photo, presumably taken after the surgery, he was seen with a brace wrapped around his lower back.
Anwar was rushed to University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) last month after he complained of shoulder and back pain upon returning from his trip to Turkey.
Anwar said that an examination and angiogram at UMMC found that his chronic back pain and shoulder pain has not yet caused an obstructive coronary disease.
The PKR leader has been suffering from constant pain in his right shoulder, which worsened after a car accident on Sept 22 last year.
Anwar also tweeted that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife visited him during his post-surgery recovery in Istanbul.
“Their visit was greatly appreciated even though their time was limited due to their recent victory in the election,” he said.
Erdogan was re-elected as president on June 24.