After nixing all her remaining 2011 appearances due to serious vocal cord problems, Adele has successfully undergone surgery in Boston. According to the Guardian, the 23-year-old U.K. singer had “vocal cord microsurgery,” which used special lasers (really!) to slice off a benign polyp — a growth that had caused “recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage,” a.k.a. bleeding. The surgeon who treated her, Dr. Steven Zeitels, heads up the hospital’s Voice Center and has previously operated on Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. He’s called Adele’s condition “fixable.”
Per a statement from the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, “Dr. Zeitels expects Adele to make a full recovery from her laser microsurgery.” Experts tell MTV News recovery time from such a procedure typically takes one to two months.
“The fact is that I have never been able to fully recover from any of the problems that I’ve had … if I continue to pick up everything before I have properly conquered these problems and nipped them in the bud, I will be totally and utterly fucked,” Adele explained on her blog last month. “Singing is literally my life. It’s my hobby, my love, my freedom, and now my job. I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or I risk damaging my voice forever. I’m gonna [sic] smash the ball out the park once I’m touring again.”