BOGOTA, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Wednesday underwent surgery to remove a cancerous prostate tumor " in a successful way and without complications," his urologist Felipe Gomez confirmed.
The first report after the surgery said there were no complications and that Santos is perfectly sound, and is accompanied by his family in hospital Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota, where he will remain no more than three days.
"The surgery was performed in a regular and successful way, under local anesthetics. The results were based on previous images and tests," said Gomez.
According to Gomez, no problems occurred during the surgery. There were no bleedings and doctors didn't find anything unexpected.
The doctor added that in three more days Santos can return home, where he will have a three-week convalescence period, and won't be able to travel, but he will meet his responsibilities as president without any problem.
Before entering surgery room, Santos said he was "optimistic" about what could happen.
"I want to deeply thank you, to many fellow citizens who have sent me all kind of messages. The solidarity I have felt fills me with good energy and with the help of God, I hope the doctor can issue a positive report," said the president.
Last Monday, Santos announced he was going to undergo surgery after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer which was not so advanced, but that he would continue fulfilling his role as president all the same.