updated 12/08/2010 AT 7:05 PM ET
•originally published 12/09/2010 AT 9:05 AM ET
Sure, Bret Michaels knows there are risks surrounding his upcoming surgery to repair a hole in his heart. But as harrowing as the prospect of going under the knife is, Michaels is characteristically upbeat.
“I gotta tell ya, I’m very positive,” the rocker tells PEOPLE of the surgery, which is expected to happen in January. “I feel positive they’re going to do an amazing job. They’ve done thousands of these operations.”
Michaels will have the operation at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, a place he’s regrettably familiar with. The diabetic music man has been put through the wringer, first with an emergency appendectomy in April, followed shortly thereafter by a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, then a mini-stroke in May, which is when doctors found the hole in his heart.