“Sam Smith underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels to stop recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage (bleeding). This condition is the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture and prevent vocal performance,” the hospital said in a statement.
Dr. Zeitels has “pioneered many vocal cord surgery procedures for benign and malignant problems,” the hospital added, “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, Lionel Richie and Adele, allowing them to return to full performance. Similarly, Dr. Zeitels expects Sam to make a full recovery from his laser microsurgery.”
The Grammy Award winner, who is celebrating his 23rd birthday Tuesday, posted several photos from the hospital last week as he was preparing for the procedure.
The British crooner had said he was “dreading” the surgery, which will force him to stay silent for three weeks and leave him unable to sing for six to eight weeks. Last month he had to cancel his Australian tour due to vocal cord hemorrhaging.