MADRID (AP) — Spain's King Juan Carlos left the hospital on Sunday, two days after successfully undergoing knee replacement surgery, an operation that sparked alarm about his overall health, irking the monarch.
The king has been able to take some steps after receiving titanium implants in his right knee, Madrid's San Jose Hospital said.
"He walks on his own with the help of crutches," the hospital said in a statement signed by doctors Angel Villamor and Avelino Barros.
Villamor said the king would need to use crutches for three weeks and undergo recovery therapy for six weeks.
The monarch smiled and joked as he emerged unsteadily on crutches from a hospital room.
The 73-year-old head of state was visibly annoyed by media reports depicting him as being at death's door when the operation was announced. He had a benign tumor removed from his right lung last year.
The knee replacement corrects the lingering consequences of a past sports accident.