Eddie Van Halen Has Emergency Surgery

Eddie Van Halen

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What Happened to Eddie Van Halen?

Eddie Van HalenAfter suffering from a textbook case of diverticulitis Eddie Van Halen was taken to a hospital for emergency surgery. The band was set to continue their 2012 tour in Japan in November, but by default they have had to cancel the dates (one of which was sold out according to their web site) and are currently working to reschedule the concerts in 2013 after Edward’s recovery which is speculated to be anywhere from four to six months give or take.

This isn’t the first time in 2012 they’ve had concerts canceled as a similar trend was set earlier in summer, though while wild speculations ran wild between Eddie’s health then or turmoil in the band they’ve all quite readily dismissed all of those claims as unrelated. Instead they substituted that the band had simply accepted more responsibility than they could handle at the time. And that doesn’t seem unreasonable.

After all Eddie himself is 57 which means his health is more important to watch than ever, but from what it looks he made it through the surgery quite safely and now it’s just a matter of time until he’s on stage rocking out again.

The Evils of Diverticulitis

So what is this bestial “diverticulitis” that has brought one of the guitar’s greatest to his knees? According to WebMD.com “diverticulosis happens when pouches (called diverticula) form in the wall of the colon” and it becomes diverticulitis when said pouches “get inflamed or infected”. Apparently it can be quite painful too making one wonder how long Eddie’s had this going on.

As for the causes it’s still up in the air, but current studies lean towards dietary habits. A lack in fiber can prevent the bodily refuse from bulking up forcing one’s bowels to work extra hard to rid themselves of the waste. That’s when the pouches are currently believed to begin. It’s when more refuse comes through and gets caught in the pouches that the inflammation happens.

After that the biggest giveaway of diverticulitis is a hefty stomach ache in the lower left side that gets worse with motion. It can often be accompanied by a fever, gas, and a slew of other unpleasant bodily expulsions that I will graciously not go into detail on.


Good information on a guitar site, I know. It paints a good picture of what Eddie’s been putting up with for a while now. It looks like he should only be getting better from here on and we all wish him a speedy recovery.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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