Anwar undergoes spinal surgery in Turkey, to have another operation on Thursday

Anwar undergoes spinal surgery in Turkey, to have another operation on Thursday
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PETALING JAYA - PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had spinal surgery procedure performed on him in Turkey and will undergo another operation on his his right shoulder on Thursday (July 12).

In a statement published on his Facebook page, Anwar said that he decided to proceed with the surgery as a as part of his recovery for his condition.

He said he has lumbar central stenosis, where the spinal canal narrows, causing pain and numbness.

Anwar also has central disk herniation, also known as a slipped disc, that can cause severe neck or lower back pain.

"I had to undergo a follow-up spinal surgery operation at Medipol Mega University Hospital, Istanbul," said Anwar.

"Alhamdulillah, my health condition has improved after the surgery and I am scheduled to undergo another surgery on Thursday on the right side of my shoulder due to rotator cuff injuries.

"Appreciate everyone's doa (prayers) and well wishes in seeing it go smoothly," he said.

Anwar shared photos of him with doctors and his two daughters at the hospital.

In one photo, presumably taken after the surgery, Anwar was seen standing up with a brace wrapped around his lower back.

Anwar was rushed to University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) last month after he complained of shoulder and back pain upon returning from his trip to Turkey.

Anwar said that an examination and angiogram at UMMC found that his chronic back pain and shoulder pain has not yet caused an obstructive coronary disease.

The PKR leader has been suffering from continuous pain in his right shoulder, which worsened after a car accident on Sept 22 last year.

Anwar also tweeted that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife paid him a visit during his post-surgery recovery in Istanbul.

"Their visit was greatly appreciated even though their time was limited due to their recent victory in the election," he said.

Erdogan was re-elected as president on June 24.

Anwar said that he expressed desire to strengthen the bond and co-operation between Malaysia and Turkey during the meeting.

"President Erdogan responded positively. May this close friendship remain strong and unbroken," said Anwar.

Anwar a free man after royal pardon

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    Jailed Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim was granted a full pardon on Wednesday and walked free from a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, capping dramatic changes in the Southeast Asian country since the government was ousted in an election upset last week.

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    In his first press conference since his release at his residence in Segambut on Wednesday (May 16), Anwar said that he was only back as a citizen.

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    "I'll be taking time off to give a series of talks in Harvard, Georgetown and a few Muslim countries," said Anwar.

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    "I've given my assurance to Mahathir and Azizah that I'm here as a concerned citizen, with complete support for them manage the affairs of the country," he said.

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    Anwar also said that as premier, Dr Mahathir had the prerogative to form the Cabinet, but added that the Prime Minister had given him assurance that he would consult party leaders before deciding on its composition.

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim (centre) speaking to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at the palace, where he has been granted an audience with the King at noon.

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    Police directing traffic as Mr Anwar's convoy leaves for the palace.

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    Anwar Ibrahim greeting his supporters after being released from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018.

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    A poster of Mr Anwar by one of his supporters outside the hospital.

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim and wife Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail leaving Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim making his way home after his release from Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Anwar Ibrahim arrives at his house following his release from hospital

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    Mr Anwar Ibrahim arrives home after he was released from Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

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    Journalists and supporters of jailed former opposition leader and current federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrive at his home after his release from the Cheras Hospital Rehabilitation in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018.

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