Last week, it was also declared that she would not be joining President Trump at Camp David retreat in Maryland and neither to the G7 summit in Canada on June 8 or the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12. "She wanted to go, [but] can't fly for one month, the doctors say".
That relatively lengthy hospitalization and the low profile she has maintained since she returned to the White House sparked all sorts of theories on the social networks, including that she had left Trump or was cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian Federation probe.
President Trump's new characterization of the procedure as a "big operation" is the latest attempt to explain her lengthy absence from the gaze of the media.
At the briefing event, Trump said Melania was doing great even though she had a rough patch.
The first lady of Japan was in Washington D.C., Thursday but Melania didn't spend any time with her, according to reports. "I [don't] really want to call [the White House] because Melania is there", said Ivana. "During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H".
"The statement I put out on May 14 was correct", Grisham said Friday in an email. Mrs. Trump had a successful embolization procedure. She's doing great. And you know what? "She can not travel internationally yet, and is doing great".
Several days later, the first lady underwent a procedure to treat a kidney condition. By all accounts, the First Lady is doing well and recovered.
Her prolonged absence sparked wild online speculation that she had been out of view for other reasons.
The first lady addressed the issue on Twitter last week, saying: "I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I'm doing".
On Monday, the first lady returned to the spotlight, attending a Gold Star family event that was closed to the press.
Despite the cryptic tweets and public doubt, Trump rose from wherever she was hiding this week for a few different White House appearances.