The TV veteran was admitted to hospital to undergo the procedure on an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a swelling of the main artery which carries blood from the heart, last Thursday (12Nov15) and he is now recovering at home.

Doctors discovered the condition during tests which were carried out on the 87 year old after he was hospitalised due to a fall at his home last month (Oct15).

Bruce scaled back his television commitments after the accident, but he still recorded an appearance as the host of a special edition of U.K. TV show Strictly Come Dancing for the BBC's Children In Need charity telethon.

"The procedure was a complete success and while Sir Bruce needs to rest and recuperate, it is anticipated, given the minimally invasive nature of this operation, he will make a speedy recovery," a statement issued by Bruce's manager reads.

"It is not connected in any way with the fall itself from which Sir Bruce has made a full recovery - indeed, he recorded Strictly Come Dancing's Children In Need Special... which aired last Friday (13Nov15)."

Bosses at the BBC anticipate that Bruce will return to work soon and will be able to present a special Christmas installment of the televised dance contest.

"We anticipate Bruce will still very much be a part of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special," a BBC spokesperson adds.