Salman Khan at IIFA June 2007

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Salman Khan who left for Us for surgery was wheeled into the operation theatre of a hospital in Los Angeles, last night around midnight (IST) to undergo surgery.  A source informed, “The doctors, who Salman went to for consultation, advised the actor to immediately undergo surgery. The operation involves using a coil to remove some blockages inside his mouth. The procedure is similar to a heart surgery. The operation usually lasts for close to five hours.

A source revealed, “Salman had this problem about seven years ago. He used to get spasms in his face. But the pain would go away. In fact, it vanished completely after a year or two. Then about three months ago, the pain resurfaced. This time, it’s more painful. He couldn’t have neglected it further.”

This is the first time that the actor had to miss the release of his film. However, the Kareena-Salman starrer Bodyguard, which hit theatres this Eid, has earned an estimated Rs 18 crore on its first day. Reportedly, this breaks the record of the Rs 14 crore opening that Dabangg received.