Singer John Mayer was admitted to the hospital for an emergency surgery on Tuesday, postponing the New Orleans stop on his concert tour with Dead & Company, People reports. John, who once romanced Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston, went into surgery earlier today.
So what’s going on with John? An appendectomy!
A surgery to remove the appendix, appendectomies are often necessary in people who develop appendicitis, an inflammation of the organ that occurs in more than 5 percent of the population, and serves up debilitating abdominal pain along with a fever, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Appendicitis may be caused by a blockage in your appendix, an infection, inflammatory bowel disease, or parasites. In serious cases of appendicitis (like, when antibiotics won’t do the job), surgery is crucial for removing the appendix before it bursts and creates more trouble throughout the body. A burst appendix can be a life-threatening emergency situation, and is most likely to hit in your teens or 20s, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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John can expect to be back on his feet soon. Depending on the type of surgery he got (and whether or not his appendix actually burst), recovery can take as little as three days or as long as to two weeks, according to the NIH. And while the concert tonight may be postponed, reps aren’t saying yet if other dates (including his upcoming solo performances) will be affected, People reports.
Now that appendicitis is back on your radar, it can be easy to assume that any stomach pain is a huge red flag. However, signs of appendicitis include pain in your abdomen that begins near your belly button and moves to the lower right portion, according to the NIH. The pain tends to increase quickly and may be some of the worst you’ve ever felt. Nausea, vomiting, a low-grade fever, and constipation and diarrhea are other symptoms. If you experience these things, don’t hesitate to call your doctor or head to the ER.
But don’t worry. Unless you are suffering from appendicitis, there’s no reason to remove the appendix. Although it has long been thought as a useless organ, the appendix it may actually act as a “safe house” to store good gut bacteria, 2017 research suggests. Who knew?
Source: Women’s Health Mag