‘Today Show:’ Co-Host Sheinelle Jones Shares Some News Following Her Vocal Chord Surgery

Sheinelle Jones of the Today Show recently revealed that she was dealing with a polyp on her vocal chord that was affecting her job as a co-host. The mom of three just underwent surgery to have the polyp removed and will be in recovery for six weeks, which includes not being able to speak for two weeks.

Following her surgery on February 24, Jones gave an update on how she’s doing.

Sheinelle Jones of the "Today Show"
Sheinelle Jones of the “Today Show” | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Jones’ news

Last week, Jones shared on the air the medical issue she’s been experiencing for years, which has gotten worse over the past few months. Despite trying to remedy the issue outside of the operating room, she soon realized she had to head to the operating room.

“For the last four or five months I’ve been going to vocal therapy, sometimes up to twice a week, literally working to try to take the hoarseness out of my voice to see if it’ll go away on its own,” Jones told People. “Surgery was kind of my last resort.”

Despite some understandable apprehension leading up to the surgery, the Today co-host was focusing on the opportunity to have some long overdue down time.

“This is the first time ever in my life, in my career, and I’ve been in the business for more than 20 years, that I will stop and just take care of myself,” Jones shared with People. “So part of me it’s like, the good Lord’s way of just telling me to stop and do a little self care and practice what we preach on the show day in and day out.”

Tears of joy

Since the Today star is unable to speak post-surgery, Jones took to Instagram to give an update on her status following the procedure.

“I just wanted you to know that I’m okay, and to thank you for all of your messages and prayers,” Jones wrote alongside a picture of herself from her hospital bed. “Apparently I emerged out of anesthesia ‘talking’ …. I was out of it… I just remember a male voice kindly but firmly telling me to ‘please stop talking.’☺️ At the time, I was trying to tell them that I was ‘awake’ and not to use the breathing tube yet lol — but clearly they were already finished.”

Once Jones realized she had made it successfully through the procedure, she was overcome by emotion. “Once I was alone in post recovery … I started crying through my oxygen mask… the nurse rushed over and gave me a pen to scribble what was the matter,” Jones shared. “Honestly, nothing was wrong — I think it was just a release … this has been a long time coming and I’ve struggled off and on for so long…. I also felt like I was wrapped in prayers …. it felt like such a powerful moment.”

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Hi everybody! I just wanted you to know that I’m okay, and to thank you for all of your messages and prayers. Apparently I emerged out of anesthesia “talking” …. I was out of it… I just remember a male voice kindly but firmly telling me to “please stop talking.” ☺️ At the time, I was trying to tell them that I was “awake” and not to use the breathing tube yet lol – but clearly they were already finished. :-) Once I was alone in post recovery … I started crying through my oxygen mask… the nurse rushed over and gave me a pen to scribble what was the matter. Honestly, nothing was wrong – I think it was just a release … this has been a long time coming and I’ve struggled off and on for so long…. I also felt like I was wrapped in prayers …. it felt like such a powerful moment. I remember when I was little I would see older people crying in church; my mom would explain that they were “moved” and “rejoicing,” with happy tears. That’s how I felt today… I literally felt the power of so many well wishes and prayers. I was also, truth be told, thankful to be “awake” …. I promised my kids that “mommy would be just fine”… and I was relieved I could keep my promise. Now the work begins to heal. The nurse kept telling me to “enjoy” the rest… I had a hard time doing that, so clearly I have some work to do. Ok that’s my check in. Thank you *so so* much for all of your kindness.❤️❤️❤️

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The relief Jones experienced along with the knowledge that she was finally on the road to recovery brought on the wave of tears. “I remember when I was little I would see older people crying in church; my mom would explain that they were ‘moved’ and ‘rejoicing,’ with happy tears,” she wrote. “That’s how I felt today… I literally felt the power of so many well wishes and prayers.”

Time away from ‘Today’

Jones was also grateful that she would be starting her healing process and soon be able to take care of her three kids – son, Kayin, 10, and twins Uche and Clara Josephine, 7 – whom she shares with with husband Uche Ojeh.

“I was also, truth be told, thankful to be ‘awake,’” she wrote. “I promised my kids that ‘mommy would be just fine’… and I was relieved I could keep my promise.”

Though she’ll miss her seat at the Today table for the next six weeks, Jones realizes she needs to learn the art of R&R. “Now the work begins to heal,” she said. “The nurse kept telling me to ‘enjoy’ the rest… I had a hard time doing that, so clearly I have some work to do.”