Louis XIV was suffering from anal fistulas. In 1686, the king Louis XIV was operated on by Charles François Félix, the court surgeon, without any form of anesthetic at seven in the morning on November 18. The operation took place in the king's bedchamber at Versailles. The only onlookers were Madame de maintenon, a Minister of War named Louvois, the priest La Chaise, the doctors Daquin, Fagon and Besnières and four apothecaries who were to hold the patient.
Charles François Félix, the court surgeon operated again on December 6,8 and 10. It was on January 11 that the king first promenaded in the Orangerie at Versailles.