Melania Trump Is Still In The Hospital Four Days After A Procedure That's Usually Done Outpatient

Aaron Homer

Melania Trump is still in the hospital, four days after she went for what the White House claimed was a routine, outpatient procedure, MSN is reporting.

On Monday, the First Lady was admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in suburban Washington, for what the White House described as a "benign kidney condition." Also on Monday, the White House said that Mrs. Trump underwent an "embolization procedure," and later that day, Donald Trump tweeted that she would be home in "two or three days."

On Wednesday, Melania stated that she was "feeling great" and would be home soon.

"A sincere thank you to Walter Reed Medical Unit @WRBethesda & to all who have send good wishes & prayers! I am feeling great & look forward to getting back home @WhiteHouse soon."

Speaking to The L.A. Times, Dr. Mark S. Litwin, professor and chairman of urology at UCLA, said that an embolization procedure is almost always done as an outpatient visit.

"Why someone would be in a hospital for a week for this, I have no idea."

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 24, 2018

"It may be just out of an abundance of caution and privacy. Certainly, staying a little longer may imply that this is a little bit more of a complex situation."
"I always tell my patients to prepare for the worst-case scenario, which may involve having to stay three or four days in the hospital, or they could get out earlier, and then that would be even better."

The two most common types of kidney lesions treated by embolization, according to Dr. Litwick, are an angiomyolipoma – that is, a type of benign tumor that can be filled with blood vessels, fat cells, and sometimes some random muscle cells; or an AVM, or arteriovenous malformation – that is, a random collection of blood vessels that arrange themselves in an odd way. Both types of lesions can cause discomfort in the patient and, in some cases, even blood in the urine.