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Spain's king to undergo back hernia operation

Thursday - 2/21/2013, 11:42am  ET

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 file photo, Spain's King Juan Carlos leaves after the official opening of the Parliament, in Madrid. Spain's royal palace says King Juan Carlos will undergo surgery next month for a lower back disc hernia. It will be the 75-year-old monarch's second operation in recent months. He had hip surgery last November. The palace said the king will undergo the hernia operation in a Madrid hospital on Mar. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)

MADRID (AP) -- Spain's royal palace says King Juan Carlos will undergo surgery next month for a lower back disc hernia.

It will be the 75-year-old monarch's second operation in recent months. He had hip surgery last November.

The palace said the king will undergo the hernia operation in a Madrid hospital on Mar. 3.

The king has had several other health issues in the past two years, including knee surgery and the removal of a benign lung tumor.


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