It appears that the wait-and-see approach for John Mayer's throat condition wasn't cutting it.
The 34-year-old recently revealed that he was suffering from a serious throat condition called granuloma, a non-cancerous lesion that results in continuous irritation. "This is a temporary setback, though I'm not sure how long or short a period of time it will be," he wrote in September. "I've got the best doctors in the country looking after me, and I will be singing and touring again as soon as I get the all clear."
Mayer had hoped to avoid surgery with some rest and a break from performing, but chimed in last week to announce that he'd gone under the knife to speed things along.
"I had surgery this afternoon to remove it and am now on complete vocal rest for a month or more," he wrote on Tumblr. "It’s been a very long process in waiting to see if time was an alternative to surgery, but even given two weeks’ voice rest (along with many other approaches), there was no change for the better."
Mayer went on to say that despite losing his voice, he's upbeat and focused on the beauty of life. "I should be frustrated but I can’t seem to stop thinking about beautiful things," he wrote. "I never thought I’d be wishing I could do what I love again; I stay in at night, picking guitar parts off of records and dreaming of playing on the big stage. The only difference between now and when I was 18 is that now I have this beautiful, meaningful record waiting for me when I can sing it."
"Until then, I’m taking off," he added. "Going to travel the country, look and listen."
Mayer's next album, titled "Born and Raised," is largely finished but requires a few more vocal tracks from the artist before release. If all goes well, it's expected to hit sometime later next year. We wish John a speedy recovery.