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His Majesty The King’s surgery was successful

His Majesty The King underwent a heart valve replacement at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, today. The operation was a success and the King is in good condition.

The King was awake during the procedure, which was carried out under local anaesthesia via the groin.

The medical team involved was led by the King’s physician, Bjørn Bendz, and included section heads Lars Aaberge and Christian Eek of the Department of Cardiology at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet.


In 2005, His Majesty The King underwent heart valve surgery. At that time, the aortic valve was replaced with an artificial biological heart valve. Artificial biological heart valves have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, and therefore it is not uncommon that the intervention must be repeated after some time.

Recent tests carried out on the King indicated that it was necessary to replace the artificial biological heart valve from 2005 with a new one to improve the King’s breathing.

Further information

Updates on the King’s condition will be provided regularly.

On Friday, 9 October at 14:00, the King’s physician will meet briefly with invited members of the media at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, to answer questions relating to the intervention. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital has strict infection control rules, so access to the building will be limited. Priority will be given to the largest media outlets. The media invited will be contacted directly.



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