ul 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he holds his wife Melania Trump after her speech during the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena.

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First Lady Remains Hospitalized Following Kidney Procedure

May 15, 2018 - 8:58 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - First lady Melania Trump continues to recover at Walter Reed Medical Center just outside Washington after undergoing an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.

What's that mean?  SLU Care's Dr. Keith Pereira is an interventional radiologist at SSM Health SLU Hospital:

“Putting tiny, small beads or particles to block the blood flow to a certain part. We usually do this for things like when you have an accident and you have bleeding from a certain artery, we also do this for cancer, we also do this for tumors, so there are various conditions where we intentionally block the blood flow to the kidney," he says.

But Dr. Pereira says since it is benign, that means no cancer - although he says there are certain non-cancerous tumors that can be treated this way. 

He's curious as to why the first lady will remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, saying that type of procedure usually requires a very short stay, typically only overnight.