“Juan Pedro did very well in this surgery,” said surgeon Jose Antonio Castaneda, who was quoted in the statement. “We are very optimistic.”
He said Franco should be released in the next few days.
The operation Thursday, which followed an earlier surgery in May, was performed by minimally invasive laparoscopy. This crucial procedure involved dividing Franco’s stomach in half to give it a much smaller capacity, while also removing a section of intestine.
The patient said he felt considerable anxiety, but also hope, as he looks ahead.
“I was more nervous than in the first surgery,” he said, “but I knew that this second surgery was a priority in my life if I am to be able to move forward.”
He said he was excited to be getting “closer and closer to having a healthy weight.”
The Guinness World Records organization certified early this year that Franco, who was weighed last December at 595 kilos, was considered the heaviest living man.
That record had been held by another Mexican, Manuel Uribe, who in 2007 weighed in at 597 kilos. But he died in May 2016.