Adele's Vocal Cord Surgery: Success!

Adele had her vocal cord surgery, she's recovering, and her prognosis is good. Hoorah!

Adele’s Vocal Cord Surgery: Success!

Adele had her vocal cord surgery, she’s recovering, and her prognosis is good. Hoorah!

-Lucia Peters


So remember that throat surgery that Adele was scheduled to get? The one that wasn’t to fix the throat cancer she doesn’t have? Well, she had the surgery, and I’m pleased to report that she’s in recovery and doing well!

I’m also pleased to report that Massachusetts General Hospital handled the surgery; it makes me proud to be from Massachusetts. A statement released by the hospital gives her an optimistic prognosis:

“Adele underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels to stop recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage (bleeding) from a benign polyp. This condition is typically the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture. Based on the advice of her doctor and voice therapist in the United Kingdom, Adele came to Boston to consult and undergo corrective voice surgery with Dr. Zeitels, the Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center. … Dr. Zeitels expects Adele to make a full recovery from her laser microsurgery.”

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In normal person terms, this whole thing means that Adele had developed a growth on her vocal cords due to their constant colliding that resulted in some nasty bleeding. The laser surgery performed by Dr. Zeitels removed the growth and stabilized her vocal cords, putting a stop to the bleeding.

Adele was in good hands, too. You see, she isn’t the only singer to have benefitted from Dr. Zeitels and his specialized lasers; Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler visited the doc for the same procedure back in 2006. Good to know that the right people were taking care of her!

Adele is expected to be able to resume performing in the new year. Sure, that may seem like an awful long time away; frankly, though, we’re just glad that she’ll get the full recovery time needed to bounce back from something like this. Get well soon, Adele!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.

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