The heart of rock and roll continues to beat: Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones frontman, has successfully undergone non-invasive heart valve replacement surgery and is recovering well.
Indeed, the 75-year-old artist plans to return to the road this summer. Such a rapid recovery would have been impossible just a few years ago.
Non-invasive heart valve replacement surgery did not exist when the Rolling Stones first appeared on the music scene in 1962. Individuals in Jagger’s situation would have had to have traditional open-heart surgery, which would have required anesthesia and put them at a higher risk of infection and other consequences.
Doctors now have a growing arsenal of safe and successful methods for repairing and replacing heart valves, thanks to rapid advances in medical technology.
One such treatment, which Mick Jagger’s medical team chose, allows surgeons to install a heart valve through a small incision near the groin using a catheter. The heart valve is subsequently inserted into the heart cavity through the body.
According to research, this surgery tremendously influences patients of all types. They have lower death, stroke, and rehospitalization rates than those who had standard surgery.
Whereas traditional open-heart surgery patients usually recover in four to eight weeks, patients with the non-invasive technique are typically home in a few days. They can resume low-intensity activities in two to three weeks.
Mick Jagger’s on-stage antics may not be low-intensity, but doctors predict him to be back on stage in no time. In this situation, it turns out that the superstar can be satisfied thanks to cutting-edge medical technology.
“Thank you, everyone, for all your messages of support, I’m feeling much better today and on the mend – and also a great thank you to all the hospital professionals for doing a superb job,” Jagger said on Facebook and Twitter.