Why Adele, John Mayer, & Other Pop Stars Are Getting Vocal Cord Surgery

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Just a few weeks ago, we were reeling from the (untrue) rumor that the amazing [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Adele[/lastfm] had throat cancer.

Turns out she was forced to cancel all her concerts and appearances for the rest of the year because of a vocal hemorrhage that required surgery.

Sure, it may not be as life threatening as cancer, but it’s still a scary thing for someone who makes a living off their voice.

This sort of thing seems to becoming more and more common, which got Carson wondering: why are singers getting so sick?

Dr. Reena Gupta of the Osborne Head & Neck Institute here in Los Angeles called in this morning to shed a little light on the subject.

And it’s not just [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Adele[/lastfm] – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Mayer[/lastfm] and country singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Keith Urban[/lastfm] have been in the news recently for their deteriorating vocal health.

Dr. Gupta credits some of this decline to the 24/7 nature of the music business. These days, artists are performing gigs as many as 5-6 times a week. They go on media blitzes to promote their albums and in general, they’re much busier than singers were even just a decade ago.

[pullquote quote="Smoking, drinking, staying out late at night, speaking over loud music...all of those things are absolutely going to injure the voice." credit="Dr. Reena Gupta"]

Plus, the rock star lifestyle doesn’t help either…

Smoking, drinking, staying out late at night, speaking over loud music…all of those things are absolutely going to injure the voice.

She also said that artists often don’t take extra care with their voices until it’s already too late:

So let’s take a car analogy. You get your car, you take care of it, you maintain it because you need it to work to get to work. So you hit 3000 miles, you get your oil changed. You get your breaks changed. You get your tires changed. You don’t wait until your transmission falls out to get an oil change, but that’s what singers do. They wait until their transmission falls out. They do what we call problem-oriented care. They don’t do preventative care.

So will [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Adele[/lastfm] be able to come back stronger than ever after surgery? Dr. Gupta gave us insight into her recovery:

As for some final parting tips, Dr. Gupta recommended that you hydrate and practice to preserve your own vocal health.

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