Mick Jagger undergoes successful heart surgery
Even at 75 years old, Mick Jagger is still regularly performing, bringing his signature moves and vocals to The Rolling Stones' tours across the world.
However, one of these tours recently had to be altered, after it became apparent that the iconic frontman of the band would need to undergo heart surgery. On March 31, the band announced that they had to reschedule their North American tour, No Filter, so that Jagger could go through with the procedure.
"I really hate letting you down like this," Jagger said in a statement. "I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on the road as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone."
Now, it has been reported that the surgery was successful, and he will be released within the next few days. Sources told Billboard that he is recovering and in good health following the heart valve procedure.
Doctors were reportedly able to repair his heart valve using a catheter, that allows access via his femoral artery without opening the chest.
Following the transcatheter aortic valve replacement, he has been told to rest for five days so that the artery can properly heal, during which time doctors will monitor him in case any complications arise, such as excess bleeding. He could be ready to leave within just a few days, but will need some additional time before he can return to the stage.
The Rolling Stones are expected to make up for nearly all the dates missed, but won't be appearing at Jazz Fest in New Orleans this year - they'll replaced by Fleetwood Mac instead. The No Filter tour was originally slated to begin this month, but has been postponed to July.
New dates are to be announced in the coming weeks.