First lady Melania Trump had surgery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, according to her communications director, Stephanie Grisham.

“This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” the statement read. “Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week. The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.”

So what exactly is an embolization procedure, and does this mean her life was in danger? Here’s what you need to know.

It’s a common medical procedure, used to treat multiple conditions

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