Earlier tonight, Van Halen’s website posted a message to fans, stating that Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery. The message, in full, reads: “Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of Diverticulitis. No further surgeries are needed and a full recovery is expected within 4 – 6 months. Van Halen’s scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013.”
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, diverticulitis refers to small, bulging sacs or pouches of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) that become inflamed or infected. Most often, these pouches are in the large intestine (colon).
According to WebMD, surgical treatment of diverticulitis involves “removing the diseased part of the large intestine and reconnecting the remaining parts.”
— Brian Ives, CBS Local