The Staggers 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. From only £1 a week Subscribe More Related articles Autumn Statement 2015: George Osborne abandons his target We don't need to build more prisons - we need to send fewer people there Can Trident be hacked?