Supreme Court liberal Ginsburg out of hospital

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from hospital after an operation to remove cancerous nodules from her left lung (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB)

Washington (AFP) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the eldest justice of the minority liberal faction on the US Supreme Court, left the hospital after an operation to remove cancerous nodules on her left lung, Court officials said Wednesday.

"Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday and is recuperating at home," a court statement said.

The 85-year-old judge, popularly known by her initials RBG, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The nodules were discovered last month in x-rays after she fell and fractured three ribs.

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has had the opportunity to replace two retiring justices, tipping the balance in favor of conservatives.

Ginsburg's health is closely monitored amid liberal worries that, if she dies or has to retire for health reasons, Trump would get another pick and lock the high court into a conservative ideology for a generation to come.

Ginsburg, who was appointed by president Bill Clinton in 1993, is one of four liberals on the nine-member court.