VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen spent three weeks in the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for diverticulitis, and will now need four to six months at home to recover from the procedure.
According to CNN (as reported by Van Halen News Desk), the guitarist first developed the condition while on tour and had a serious flare-up once he came off the road.
The long hospital stay was required because surgery to remove the infected intestine resulted in another infection when Van Halen popped a few stitches.
Diverticulitis is a digestive disease that occurs when pouches of the inner lining of the intestine, most often in the colon, become inflamed or infected. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fever and cramping.
VAN HALEN‘s previously announced November tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled for sometime in 2013.
Last month, after bowing to Internet rumors about VAN HALEN being the half time show for 2013’s Super Bowl XLVII (47) in New Orleans, David Lee Roth took the bull by the horns and issued an open letter to the NFL explaining that VAN HALEN is ready and willing to play.