Mick Jagger clears heart valve replacement surgery
By aoligschlaeger on April 5, 2019
It seems time is on his side — at 75 years old, Mick Jagger survived his heart valve replacement procedure and is expected to make a full recovery.
The Rolling Stones frontman underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a “minimally invasive” procedure that allowed doctors to repair Jagger’s heart valve with a catheter. Because doctors did not need to open Jagger’s chest, the singer is expected to recover much quicker than patients who receive conventional catheter replacement — in fact, assuming there are no post-surgery complications, Jagger could be released from the hospital in a matter of days.
News of Jagger’s heart condition broke on March 30, when the Stones postponed their scheduled No Filter tour to accommodate Jagger’s surgery and recovery time.
“Mick has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment,” the band wrote in a press release. “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.”
“We apologize for any inconvenience this causes those who have tickets to shows but wish to reassure fans to hold onto these existing tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly,” they continued.
Rescheduled dates have not yet been announced, but Billboard predicts shows will start sometime in July, assuming Jagger’s recovery goes well.
“I really hate letting you down like this,” Jagger said in a statement to fans. “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.”
A committed athlete and health nut, Jagger credits his healthy lifestyle for enabling to tour well into his seventies. He remains optimistic for a quick post-surgical recovery.