Mass. General Voice Doc 'Expects Adele To Make A Full Recovery'

Please see the statement below regarding Adele's care at MGH. Unfortunately that is the only information we have been authorized to share and Dr. Zeitels is extremely busy with cancer patients and will be unavailable for comment.

Statement from Massachusetts General Hospital:

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, who is also the Eugene B. Casey Professor of Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard Medical School, has pioneered many vocal cord surgical procedures including the use of specialized lasers to stop vocal cord bleeding in singers. He has performed this unique procedure for many vocalists including Steven Tyler, allowing him to return to full performance. Similarly, Dr. Zeitels expects Adele to make a full recovery from her laser microsurgery.

This program aired on November 7, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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