Honolulu mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano released from hospital

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu mayoral candidate and former governor Ben Cayetano was released from the hospital on Tuesday after spending two days under physician's care.

Cayetano, 72, was admitted to The Queen's Medical Center on Sunday night after complaining of symptoms consistent with a bleeding ulcer.

On Monday, doctors performed an operation known as an endoscopy and cauterized a blood vessel in his stomach. They reportedly found no other problems.

Doctors released Cayetano at 5 p.m. today. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"We are extremely thankful to everyone who has sent us their well-wishes for a speedy recovery for Ben," said his wife, Vicky Cayetano. "We are pleased with the news of his release as he will feel much better resting in the comfort of his own home as he prepares for this Saturday's primary election."

15 years ago, then-Governor Cayetano collapsed from a bleeding ulcer. He was hospitalized for five days. His wife says that this time, they caught the symptoms early.

According to doctors, bleeding ulcers can be caused by bacteria as well as medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen. The illness is common at Queen's, with two to three cases a week, mainly among elderly patients.