"He (the Dalai Lama) is going to undergo the removal of gall stones, which I believe is a simple routine procedure," Chhime R Chhoekyapa, a senior aide to the Dalai Lama, told sources from Dharamsala, base for the Tibetan government-in-exile in India. The spiritual leader was admitted to New Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital following media reports that abdominal pains for which he had spent four days in a Mumbai Hospital in August had recurred.
Doctors had earlier advised the Dalai Lama to cut down on long travels and rest more.
"His holiness, who was discharged from Lilawati Hospital (in Mumbai) on September 1, was advised to visit our hospital for follow-up checks but he was admitted when he complained of severe abdominal pain," he added.
Hospital spokesman Ajay Sehgal said health details of the Dalai Lama would be released only by the Tibetan leader's office in the northern Indian hilltop town Dharamshala.