"I am going in for surgery on the 20th, and the prognosis is excellent," Tyler, who is a Canadian citizen, told XBIZ. "I just did not have time to wait for the Obama administration to do the universal health care. Because I still had the option, I exercised it immediately. I believe they will fix the health care situation, I just didn't have time to wait for it.
"There was no point in going bankrupt while I was trying to heal. Stress is the No. 1 killer on the planet."
Tyler had been an active performer in the early '90s and moved behind the camera as a director, working for Mercenary Pictures in series including "SuperWhores," "Black Moon' Risin'," "Fresh Out the Box" and her male-solo series "HandyMan."
"The plan is that once everything is fine and I have a clean bill of health, I'm looking at coming back," Tyler said. "But that's a year to 18 months away, and there are a lot of question marks before that decision is made."