Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After ‘Minimally Invasive’ Procedure

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Anders Hagstrom White House Correspondent
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, was hospitalized after a “non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure,” SCOTUS announced Wednesday night.

The hospitalization comes roughly two weeks after another hospitalization for a minor infection, after which court’s oldest justice revealed she had been receiving chemotherapy since May for her fifth bout with cancer. SCOTUS says Ginsburg expects to be released by the hospital by the end of the week, CNBC reported. (RELATED: Justice Ginsburg Says Her Health Is Improving After Cancer Scare)

WASHINGTON, DC - NOV. 30: United States Supreme Court (Front L-R) Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., (Back L-R) Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Elena Kagan and Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh pose for their official portrait at the in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court building Nov. 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Earlier this month, Chief Justice Roberts publicly defended the independence and integrity of the federal judiciary against President Trump after he called a judge who had ruled against his administration’s asylum policy “an Obama judge.” “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” Roberts said in a statement. “What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for.” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOV. 30: United States Supreme Court. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Justice Ginsburg underwent a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to revise a bile duct stent that was originally placed at Sloan Kettering in August 2019,” the statement from the Supreme Court said, according to CNBC. “According to her doctors, stent revisions are common occurrences and the procedure, performed using endoscopy and medical imaging guidance, was done to minimize the risk of future infection. The Justice is resting comfortably and expects to be released from the hospital by the end of the week.”

Ginsburg has not released an update on her cancer treatment since her initial announcement.

“Immunotherapy first essayed proved unsuccessful. The chemotherapy course, however, is yielding positive results. Satisfied that my treatment course is now clear, I am providing this information,” Ginsburg said in a statement earlier in July.