Chacham Ovadia’s Surgery Said to Be a Success


chacham-ovadiah-yosefChacham Ovadia Yosef underwent a multi-hour surgery this afternoon at Ein Karem Hospital to address debilitating back pain he has been experiencing. He was diagnosed as suffering from a fracture in his lower vertebrae.

The surgery began later than expected, at about 3 p.m., and doctors express their satisfaction that the operation was a success. There was grave concern in light of Chacham Ovadiah’s age and the decision of the surgeons to sue general anesthesia on the nonagenarian gaon.

Waiting outside the operating room were MK Eli Yishai, MK Aryeh Deri, MK Ariel Atias, Rav Moshe Yosef, Rav David Yosef and Rav Zvi Chakak, among some others.

After the operation, Chacham Ovadia was transferred to a recovery room, and after he awoke, he was transferred to the ICU.

Three screws were inserted into his spine, sources say. A world-renowned physician was brought to Israel for this operation.

Dr. Yuval Weiss, director of Hadassah Medical Center, indicated that Chacham Ovadiah is in stable condition, boruch Hashem.

The Sefardic gaon is expected to remain in the hospital for at least several more days as he recovers and remains under the close watch of physicians.

Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu spoke this evening with Shas chairman Aryeh Deri and asked him to convey his best wishes to Chacham Ovadiah, adding that he was consumed all day

with concern about Chacham Ovadiah’s condition and prayed for his recovery.

Chief Rabbi Rav Shlomo Amar, who returned from a trip in Spain, where he spent the last week, arrived at Hadassah to visit Chacham Ovadia. Noted medical askan Reb Elimelech Furer was also present at the hospital.

Shas today announced that there will be no weekly meeting of the party, asking all Yidden to daven for the recovery of Chacham Ovadiah.

It is about three weeks since Chacham Ovadia first slipped in his house at 45 Rechov Hakablan in Har Nof, Yerushalayim, after which he began suffering from severe pain, leading to today’s surgery.

All are asked to daven for Rav Ovadiah ben Georgia l’refuah shleimah.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. Please correct the name (again). The correct name is:
    Rav Ovadia Yosef ben Garjia

    This is the second time correcting this today alone