Mick Jagger 'resting and recovering well' post successful heart valve surgery
It's been a few days now since Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger left his fans and followers worried when he announced that he was taking a month off after a routine scan discovered "something untoward". Jagger has now successfully undergone heart surgery and according to the 75-year-old's friends, he is recovering pretty well. The musician underwent a heart valve procedure and is believed to recovering at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
According to Billboard, Jagger is surrounded by nurses monitoring him closely for any signs of complications. The medical procedure, which was deemed minimally invasive, allowed Jagger to avoid major surgery, with doctors repairing the defective heart valve using a catheter that accesses a major artery without having to open the chest.
"He is resting and recovering well," the musical legend's friends have said. He will need significant rest after completing the transcatheter aortic valve replacement, as per sources at Daily Mail. As fans would recall it was on Sunday that the band announced they were rescheduling their North American 'No Filter Tour' so that Jagger could have the medical procedure.
"Mick Jagger has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time as he needs medical treatment," the band said in a statement after the postponement. "The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible."
Even Jagger tweeted at the time, "I'm so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. I really hate letting you down like this. I'm devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on stage as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone."
Sources close to the rock star have said that Jagger, who follows a strict diet and exercise regimen, is expected to make a complete recovery and be on stage by summer. Jagger has eight children, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, but has maintained his energetic stage performances well into his 70s, even playing Britain's Glastonbury Festival in 2013.
As reported previously, the Rolling Stones revealed a day earlier that doctors had advised Jagger not to go on stage, weeks before the tour was due to start on April 20 in Miami. The band, who formed in 1962, were due to play 17 shows in the US and Canada between April and June.