Carter, 90, underwent an elective procedure at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia to remove a small mass from the organ.

A representative for the politician's The Carter Center charity insists Carter is recovering well, saying in a statement, "His operation proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery."

Although the details of his condition were not revealed, the surgery news comes after Carter cut a trip short to Guyana in May (15) because of health concerns.