MONTREAL (AP) — Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is recovering after successful brain surgery in Montreal.

The Jewish General Hospital said Saturday the 76-year-old former Liberal leader had the surgery Friday.

He was treated for a spontaneous subdural hematoma — a collection of blood between the skull and the brain that applies pressure on the brain.

The hospital says a neurosurgeon was able to remove the blood that had built up on the right side of Chretien's skull.

He is expected to be released from hospital in the coming days.

Chretien also had successful quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2007.