Spain's king undergoes knee operation

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Spain's King Juan Carlos is seen during a visit to an art exhibition with Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski, not seen, at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Wednesday June 1, 2011. Spain's King Juan Carlos has shown that he has a sarcastic side, berating reporters Tuesday who queried him about his health and saying he feels "terrible, terrible, seeing that you like killing me."The palace earlier announced that Juan Carlos will have corrective knee surgery. The monarch had a benign tumor removed from his right lung last year.  (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Juan Carlos successfully underwent knee replacement surgery Friday that sparked alarm about his overall health, irking the monarch.

The king underwent the corrective surgery on his right knee at Madrid's San Jose Hospital, Zarzuela Palace said, adding that there were no complications

The operation was decided on to "alleviate a painful knee joint," Dr. Angel Villamor said at a news conference at the hospital.

The king was expected to make a full recovery after successfully receiving a knee replacement titanium implant, Villamor said.

The 73-year-old head of state testily accused the media this week of trying to depict him as being at death's door after the announcement of the knee operation. The monarch had a benign tumor removed from his right lung last year.

The palace said he needed the latest procedure to correct lingering injuries from past sport activities.

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