Politics 22 December 2012 Margaret Thatcher recovering from bladder operation Former prime minister had "minimally invasive" procedure and remains in hospital. Print HTML Margaret Thatcher is recovering in hospital after a minor operation to remove a growth from her bladder. The 87-year-old was taken into hospital on Thursday night, and underwent an operation to remove the growth. Lord Bell, a friend and former adviser, told the BBC: "The operation was a complete success and her condition is satisfactory. She'll stay in hospital for a few more days and then she'll go home. She's very tough. The doctors are perfectly happy. They say the operation has been completely satisfactory." › Gender neutral pricing won't work in the way you think Margaret Thatcher in 2010. Photograph: Getty Images Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics. Subscribe More Related articles Benn vs McDonnell: how Brexit has exposed the fight over Labour's party machine John McDonnell "will never" stand for Labour leader and has a warning for rebels Sacked Hilary Benn rules out standing for leadership but tells others "do the right thing"