James Gandolfini undergoes surgery

James Gandolfini was hospitalised after complaining of stomach pains.

The former Sopranos star was taken to New York’s St. Luke’s Roosevelt hospital on Tuesday, where he underwent keyhole surgery on his abdomen.

The 46-year-old actor is now recovering from the operation at his home. His representative said: “It was a minor procedure and he is already home.”

Keyhole surgery – which is also known as laparoscopic surgery – is a technique in which small incisions are made, before a telescopic rod len system is inserted into the body. Meanwhile, rumours are rife The Sopranos is set to be made into a movie.

The hit US TV show, which ended last year after six series, ended in mystery with viewers left unsure of the fate of Gandolfini’s character, Tony Soprano.

Satin Dolls strip club manager Nick D’Urso – whose establishment was used for filming – says he is postponing renovations to his business in New Jersey, after being tipped off that a movie would be made there.

However, a spokeswoman for HBO – the US network that broadcasts the show – denied the claims.