Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dolly Parton's Secret Surgery After Drastic Weight Loss

Iconic country singer Dolly Parton recently underwent a secret surgery to implant a state-of-the-art device into her esophagus in hopes the experimental treatment will prevent her from developing full-blown esophageal cancer.

According to the National Enquirer, the surgery was kept super secret because Parton, 67, didn't want her family, pals and fans to worry.


"She researched her condition and knew that, without treatment, developing cancer was a real possibility. Dolly always projects an upbeat, positive image, but underneath that she was terrified," a source revealed to the tabloid.

A drastic weight loss of 20 pounds caused great fear in Dolly that she had esophageal cancer, which prompted her to do the surgery.

"Dolly knew something had to be done - or she could die," the insider was quoted as saying.


"Her weight was dropping dramatically, she was chugging ant-acid medication, and she couldn't eat anything but soft, bland foods," the source added.


Dolly went under the knife at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., the outlet reports and her personal physician flew in from Los Angeles to consult with the surgeons.


"Dolly was worried at first that she wouldn't be able to have the procedure. When she learned about this treatment, she knew it was her last hope," the insider explained.







 "The procedure was supposed to last just two hours, but it took five. When it was over, Dolly said she wanted to get on her bus and head home that same day. But the doctors insisted that she stay overnight for observation, and the next day Dolly walked to her bus and climbed on board for the eight-hour trip back to Nashville," the source close to the situation noted.


On the other hand, Dr. Peter Green of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center warns that the treatment is not a cure.



"Having the procedure does not prevent esophageal cancer," he claimed, adding: "She will have to be closely monitored."



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