KING Juan Carlos is about to undergo his twelfth operation. This time it is for his discal hernia. As well as a discal hernia, the King also has stenosis of the spine, which needs to be operated on before it gets worse.
He may have to postpone all other public duties for next month until more is known about the outcome of the operation and his recovery time.
The operation clashes with an invitation from the King of Morocco to visit his country during March which would have been the first trip by Juan Carlos since he went to Botswana.