Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (searchwill return home late Friday but will remain in detention after recovering from surgery at a Yangon hospital (search), her personal physician said.

Suu Kyi, 58, underwent what was described as a major three-hour operation last Friday. Tin Myo Win (searchhas declined to specify the nature of the surgery, but other doctors have said it was a gynecological procedure.

"She will go home today ... at night," Tin Myo Win told diplomats and reporters outside the Asia Royal Cardiac and Medical Center.

The doctor said that while the Nobel Peace Prize winner would return to her lakeside villa in the Myanmar capital, she would be kept under house arrest.

Suu Kyi was detained in May and held for months in an undisclosed location after she and her followers were caught in a violent clash with a pro-government mob in northern Myanmar, also known as Burma.

The detention further isolated Myanmar's ruling junta, already shunned by many Western nations because of its poor human rights record, as world leaders appealed for Suu Kyi's release.

The junta has said she will be freed but has refused to specify when.