Naomi Campbell has surgery to remove cyst

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - British supermodel Naomi Campbell was recovering in a Sao Paulo hospital on Tuesday from emergency abdominal surgery to remove a cyst, according to hospital officials and her spokesman.

Campbell, 37, was admitted on Monday to the Hospital Sirio-Libanes, one of Sao Paulo’s best hospitals. The hospital confirmed that Campbell was in its care but declined to elaborate on her condition.

“Naomi Campbell was admitted to hospital last night (February 25) to have a small cyst removed,” said a statement from her Los Angeles spokesman. “Following the successful procedure, she is now resting and is looking forward to getting back to work.”

The surgeon who attended to Campbell, Dr. Jose Aristodemo Pinotti, said she underwent laparoscopic surgery.

“I operated on her yesterday and that she is completely cured,” Pinotti told Brazilian news agency Estado.

“It was an emergency operation, but everything went well. There were no incidents or any problems that worried me during the operation,” he added.

Campbell often visits Brazil, where she has been known to show up at Carnival festivities and is frequently photographed at parties with Brazilian celebrities.

Reporting by Todd Benson and Bob Tourtellotte in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra Maler