MADRID (AP) -- The royal palace says Spain's king is to undergo a hip operation this week on a suspected infection that is hampering his ability to walk.
Miguel Cabanela, a specialist surgeon who flew in from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, will lead the operation on Tuesday 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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