Politics 22 December 2012 Margaret Thatcher recovering from bladder operation Former prime minister had "minimally invasive" procedure and remains in hospital. Sign up for our weekly email * 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 from just £1 per issue More Related articles Parliament will trigger Article 50 - but it may legally still be possible to cancel Brexit Who will win in Stoke-on-Trent? From Netflix to rented homes, why are we less interested in ownership?