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Mayo Clinic surgeon to lead hip surgery on Spain's King

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Spain's King Juan Carlos, walks with a cane in Madrid Spain's King Juan Carlos, walks with a cane in Madrid

MADRID (AP) — The royal palace says Spain's king is to undergo a hip operation this week led by a Mayo Clinic surgeon on a suspected infection that is hampering his ability to walk.

Miguel Cabanela, a specialist surgeon who flew in from Mayo Clinic, will lead the operation on Tuesday on Spain's King Juan Carlos at Madrid's Quiron hospital, a palace statement said.

Cabanela said surgery on the left hip is needed to clear up a problem that is causing the monarch considerable discomfort. It will be the 75-year-old's third hip operation in less than two years.

The king broke his right hip while on an elephant hunting safari in southern Africa in April 2012. He then had joint reconstruction surgery on his left hip in November.

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