MANILA - Alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has been granted surgical clearance by her doctors at the Ospital ng Makati after her surgery last month.
In a press briefing, Dr. Elsie Badillo-Pascua said the operation to remove Napoles' uterus and ovaries last April 23 was successful and uneventful.
"She is ambulating and she has minimal post op pains, which is expected. She remains stable from the beginning of the operation up to present although there is occasional elevation in her blood sugar level. Otherwise, our patient is very good and very stable. Her biopsy report is benign, this means no further post op treatment is warranted," she told reporters.
However, Napoles still needs to do follow-up checks every week for four weeks and later on twice a week for a month.
Pascua said Napoles is granted gynecologic clearance. "She is cleared surgical-wise, pending medical and endocrinological clearance," she said.
The doctors said they will leave it up to authorities on when Mrs. Napoles will be transferred back to Fort Sto. Domingo.
Obstetrician-gynecologist Efren Domingo said the biopsy result was consistent with their initial diagnosis that Napoles suffered adenomyosis of the uterus and endometrial hyperplasia.
"It is benign, it is not cancer, so it will not require post-operative treatments," he said.
He, however, reminded the public that the follow-up checkups are very important. Each check-up will take about 30-45 minutes.
Home medication has been given to Napoles, including insulin.
Asked if he would recommend that Napoles stay in Fort Sto. Domingo, he said he is not exact about the prevailing condition in the military camp.
"I would like to believe that the humane nature of our camps and detention center would allow a post op patient to be able to blend easily. I would hope so," he said.
Both doctors said the endocrinological clearance is important since Napoles is diabetic, which could affect the healing of her wounds.
They advised against forcing Napoles to strain and put pressure on her abdomen.
Napoles is accused of conniving with lawmakers and government officials to siphon billions of pesos in priority development assistance funds to fake non-government organizations that she set up.
At least three opposition senators are facing plunder charges for their alleged links to the scam.