Melania Trump's successful embolization treatment casts spotlight on interventional radiology

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President Donald Trump took a helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit her and tweeted that his wife was in "good spirits". She will leave the hospital in 2 or 3 days. "Thank you to all of the well-wishers!" he wrote on Twitter. "As her office has stated, the first lady remains in good spirits", Walters said in a statement.

Trump departed the White House on Marine One shortly after 4 p.m. and touched down at the military hospital in Bethesda, Md., roughly 10 minutes later.

He later reiterated to reporters on his way into Senate policy lunches with Republican members that Melania was doing "really well" and had a "really successful" procedure.

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Reporting on Monday, the White House said that the First Lady had been sent to the hospital to be treated for a benign kidney condition, according to CBS News on Monday. Earlier, he began remarks on Capitol Hill by thanking the "incredible" doctors at Walter Reed for his wife's care. The President spoke with his wife that morning and visited her that evening for over an hour.

Vice President Mike Pence, however, described the procedure as "long-planned" as he opened a speech in Washington on Monday night. They have a 12-year-old son named Barron. "Embolization can be used to stop bleeding, as in cases of trauma, or to starve a fibroid or tumor of its blood supply, as may be the case in the treatment performed on Mrs. Trump". Her spokeswoman had said in a statement Monday that the first lady was likely to remain hospitalised for "the duration of the week".

An embolization is a minimally invasive treatment that blocks one or more blood vessels or abnormal vascular channels. Mrs. Trump is 48.