ATLANTA — Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is recovering from surgery at Emory University Hospital.
Carter, 90, had surgery on Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine, the Carter Center said in a statement. The surgery was successful. The scar tissue, the statement said, developed after a cyst was removed many years ago.
Carter is expected to remain hospitalized for several days, where she will rest and recover, the statement said.
Rosalynn Carter married Jimmy Carter, the future president, on July 7, 1946, in Plains, Ga., their birthplace.
She emerged as a driving force for mental health during his presidential administration and was considered his closest adviser during his terms governor of Georgia and as president.
She became honorary chairwoman of the President’s Commission on Mental Health, which resulted in passage of the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980.
She has also worked on mental health, human rights, and other issues through her work at the Carter Center, the private, nonprofit institution the Carters founded in 1982.
Rosalynn Carter is often seen at Maranatha Baptist Church .
The Carter Center in January said the former president planned to limit his duties at the church, but planned to continue to attend and greet visitors with his wife.
Jimmy Carter, who is 93, has been treated for cancer of the brain and liver, but he announced in late 2015 that the tumors were no longer evident in medical tests.