Former Brazilian footballer Pelé has been successfully operated on a kidney stone, Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo, where he has been hospitalized since Tuesday, announced.
According to the clinical report, released after the surgery to remove the stone in the kidney, the three-time Brazilian world champion, 78, presents "a good general health" and is already in his room in the hospital.
Edson Abrantes do Nascimento, commonly known as Pele (1956-1974), has had only one kidney since the 1970s, and medical tests performed on Friday night confirmed the need for surgical intent.
Pelé, one of the greatest footballers of all time, world champion for Brazil in 1956, 1962 and 1970, was hospitalized Tuesday in São Paulo, after arriving from Paris, where he remained hospitalized for five days with a serious urinary infection.
In the same unit where he is hospitalized, Pelé remained hospitalized for two weeks in 2014 because of a urinary infection, which appeared after having been operated on for another kidney stone. In 2015, he underwent prostate surgery.
The health of the Brazilian has been cause for concern in recent years, in which Pelé also underwent surgical procedures to the spine and hip.