CMU reports the following:
The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins has been talking to the Sun about the surgery he had on his throat. As previously reported, Hawkins had the operation after throat problems forced the band to cancel a number of US gigs.
Hawkins: “I had a hiatus hernia and acid reflux. Basically, there’s a sphincter inside your throat, as well as up your bottom. It’s supposed to control how much acid is let up into your throat. But mine was broken so my stomach was spitting acid into the throat. It was literally burning my voice up. Doctors stuck a tube down my nose to measure the acidity. Three per cent is normal. They operate at 12%. But I clocked a whopping 82%. It was one of the worst cases in medical history. I was taking indigestion tablets to stop it. But they weren’t working. So I had to go through with the procedure.”
Speaking about his singing voice post-op, he continued: “I’m definitely back to my best. If anything, my voice is now sounding better than ever because I haven’t got to hold back.”