People are saying Adele has one of the most powerful voices of this generation, and the raw emotion you can hear in every single song instantly catches and holds her audience. In the short time that she has been on the scene she has grown quite a following. Her career seemed infallible...
...until, that is, her voice died, well sort of! At a concert one night in early 2011, her voice got weaker and weaker until she could no longer sing. Doctors said it was laryngitis, and she had to cancel several tour stops while she rested her voice. And then for several months she was fine.
But the next time she lost her voice, it was much more serious. Doctors said there was a recurring vocal cord hemorrhage, and if it was not fixed, she could lose her voice forever. The Adele surgery happened late last year in Boston, by the same surgeon who has operated on many other singers – including Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler. Doctor Steven Zeitels performed a vocal cord microsurgery to remove a benign polyp caused by unstable blood vessels.
After the surgery Adele rested, away from the public eye, while the world prayed that her voice would be healed for good.
Weight LossThe much talked about Adele surgery affected not only her voice, but her weight. Adele came back into the public much slimmer. Her face, which has always been round, has a much more angular appearance and her famous curves are not quite as curvy. No one is saying how, exactly, the weight came off, but the most logical explanation seems to be that when one has had throat surgery, it is difficult to eat as one used to. Not being able to eat normally for several months will definitely take the weight off. Very few people are trying to start the rumor that there was a second Adele surgery to take the weight off, but it is not really logical and no one really believes that.
Throat and VoiceFrom the very beginning of the Adele surgery talk, doctors were confident that Adele’s voice would return completely after the surgery. The many other celebrities who have had the surgery were a testament to the fact that there was a really good chance of a full recovery. And after the surgery, Adele posted on her website that her prognosis was very good and that she just needed time to build her voice back up. She made her post-surgery debut at the Grammy Awards, and it was an amazing show.
Her voice sounded as beautiful and as powerful as ever. She was given a standing ovation by everyone in the room. And while she still has to be closely monitored for several months by her voice team, everyone is breathing a monumentous sigh of relief. Although her health is not completely clear of worry – if she does not take certain precautions, it could come back. She will probably never be able to do a several-hundred cities tour, but for now she can sing and she is strengthening her voice, which is good enough for her.