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Thai king undergoes surgery for hernia.

BANGKOK, June 18 Kyodo

King Bhumibol Adulyadej underwent a surgery for hernia at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital Tuesday night and the operation went well, the Bureau of the Royal Household said.

The palace said the 74-year-old monarch was resting at the hospital following the 90-minute surgery.

Doctors detected a small hernia on the king's left side during a medical check-up, the palace said. King Bhumibol had an operation in February to remove a growth in his prostate gland.

Before the surgery, King Bhumibol undertook a series of tests to confirm his fitness for surgery, including exercise on a running machine to test the condition of his heart, the palace said.

The king is known to have a condition, but his health is believed to be generally good.

King Bhumibol, the world's longest reigning monarch, has been on the throne since 1946.

Though the king, a constitutional monarch, is regarded above politics with no executive powers, he is highly respected by the nation. The king's influence over the country's policy is seen as critical.
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Date:Jun 24, 2002
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