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FILE - In this Tuesday July 2, 2013 file photo, Spain's King Juan Carlos, walks with a in Madrid.. The royal palace says the King of Spain is to undergo a third hip operation in less than two years after failing to gain full mobility following his last treatment. King Juan Carlos broke his right hip while on an elephant hunting safari in southern Africa in April last year. He then had joint reconstruction surgery on his left hip in November after doctors said age and sporting activity had taken their toll. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday July 2, 2013 file photo, Spain's King Juan Carlos, walks with a in Madrid.. The royal palace says the King of Spain is to undergo a third hip operation in less than two years after failing to gain full mobility following his last treatment. King Juan Carlos broke his right hip while on an elephant hunting safari in southern Africa in April last year. He then had joint reconstruction surgery on his left hip in November after doctors said age and sporting activity had taken their toll. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin, File)
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(AP) The royal palace says Spain's king is to undergo a hip operation this week on a suspected infection that is hampering his ability to walk.


Miguel Cabanela, a specialist surgeon who flew in from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, will lead the operation on Tuesday at Madrid's Quiron hospital, a palace statement said.


Cabanela said surgery on the left hip is needed to clear up a problem that is causing the monarch considerable discomfort. It will be the 75-year-old's third hip operation in less than two years.


The king broke his right hip while on an elephant hunting safari in southern Africa in April 2012. He then had joint reconstruction surgery on his left hip in November.


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