Official: Chavez surgery successful

Supporters wave to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Caracas on February on 24, 2012.

Story highlights

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has lesion removed in Cuba
  • The lesion was near where doctors previously removed a cancerous tumor
  • Chavez was in stable condition and accompanied by his family
Doctors in Cuba have successfully removed a lesion from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, authorities said Tuesday.
He was listed "in good physical condition" after a pelvic lesion and surrounding tissues were removed, according to a presidential statement. There were no complications to nearby organs, it said.
Chavez had traveled to Cuba to undergo surgery to remove the lesion, which was in the same area where doctors removed a cancerous tumor last year.
Chavez said last week that the lesion was likely malignant because of its location.
The results of the surgery were "satisfactory," Vice President Elias Jaua told the country's National Assembly.
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He read from a statement prepared by Chavez's office.
Chavez was in post-operative recovery and was accompanied by his family, he said.
In June, Chavez said doctors in Cuba had removed a cancerous tumor but did not specify the type of cancer. He announced in October that the treatment had cured him.
Word of this week's operation comes at a critical time, about seven months ahead of presidential elections in Venezuela.