Keith Urban performs in a tribute to Glen Campbell at the
45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville,
Tennessee earlier this month. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
Country singer Keith Urban underwent successful throat
surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cord earlier this week
and is doing fine, the singer's spokesman said.
Urban had the procedure on Wednesday, and he will not be able
to speak for three weeks, spokesman Paul Freundlich told
Reuters. The singer is recovering at an undisclosed location.
One day ahead of the procedure, Urban posted a video on his
website thanking fans for their support.
"I want to thank you for sending such good wishes for my
upcoming surgery," Urban said. "I can't express enough my
gratitude to you guys; it feels like family."
He said he had received cards, gifts, emails, flowers and a
large basket of items he would need as he recuperates
including hand-written notes to hold up when he needs
Urban, whose hits include "Long Hot Summer" and "You Look
Good in my Shirt," announced earlier in November that he was
postponing several shows while he sought medical care.
The polyp developed during his recent "Get Closer World Tour
2011," and in Monday's video Urban took note of the fans who
had turned out to see him perform during what he called his
"crazy great phenomenal year.
"The tour was incredible for me, and seeing you guys sing
along with my new songs was heartening for me. Personally I
had an incredibly great time and I was sad to see it end," he
Urban is not the only singer to have problems with his vocal
cords. In the past month, British pop singer Adele had
similar surgery as did Kiss frontman Paul Stanley.