Justice Sanjay Krishan Kaul, the second most senior judge of the Supreme Court after Chief Justice of India (CJI) D.Y. Chandrachud, has undergone gall bladder surgery at a hospital in Delhi.
The former chief justice of Madras High Court and Punjab & Haryana High Court had earlier complained of abdomen pain.
Scans revealed presence of stones in his gall bladder and the former judge of the Delhi High Court.
The 64-year-old was advised to undergo a minimally invasive surgery for their removal, considering the number and size of stones.
A release issued by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said that Doctors successfully conducted the minimally invasive gall bladder surgery on Justice Kaul this morning.
It further said that a team of doctors led by Dr Saumitra Rawat, Chairman and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplant, conducted the procedure through a laparoscope.
At about 8 am on Tuesday, the 64-year-old was taken to the operation theatre for surgery, which took one hour, added the release.
Dr Ajay Swaroop, Chairman of Board of Management of the hospital, said Justice Kaul was stable now.
His condition was stable post-surgery and he was likely to be discharged in a day or two, with the final decision to be taken by the doctors, added Dr. Swaroop.
Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud visited Justice Kaul at the hospital yesterday.
Gall stones is a condition where calcified stone-like structures form inside the gall bladder, while cholecystitis is a sudden inflammation of the gall bladder.
Both conditions can be immensely painful and in some cases, can be life threatening. Laproscopic gall bladder removal (also known as Lap cholecystectomy) is done to remove the gall bladder through several small cuts made in the abdomen.
Gall bladder stones can block the flow of bile if they get stuck near the liver or in the bile duct.