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James Argent ‘vomiting blood’ as he opens up on life-saving gastric surgery

Arg has revealed he underwent lifesaving surgery earlier this month (Picture: Rex)

James ‘Arg’ Argent has opened up on his painful recovery after undergoing live-saving surgery in a bid to shed 11st.

The Towie star had half his stomach removed last week in the hour-and-a-half surgery after his weight peaked at 27st in lockdown, and admitted he was ‘scared’ he might meet his maker during the £10,000 op last week.

Speaking about the procedure, Arg told The Sun: ‘This is the biggest operation I’ve ever had in my life, so I was scared.

‘I did say to the surgeon, “Is there a chance I might not wake up?” He said there was a small chance.’

The star went on to reveal his ‘uncomfortable’ recovery, saying he’s been vomiting blood since the operation and cannot have solid food for six weeks, with even water and paracetamol a struggle to keep down. But despite the downsides he feels he’s got ‘a bit of a glow’ back and is ‘already losing weight’.

He said: ‘It is quite scary when you’re just randomly being sick and you’re seeing lots of blood come up.

James has been on a mission to lose weight (Picture: Old Boy’s Club/Backgrid)

‘Just dealing with trapped wind is really uncomfortable. They encouraged me to keep burping to get wind out, but you can’t even fart.’

James – who has been in an on/off relationship with Gemma Collins for several years – insisted he wasn’t trying to lose weight for anyone other than himself, saying the operation will aid him getting into shape physically but that he still needs to put in the mental health work.

He said: ‘This operation is going to help me physically get my life back but it’s not going to cure me mentally.

‘I’m going to get regular counselling and I’ve still got a lot of work to do.’

Arg had previously been on a weight loss kick but recently said he was warned by doctors he could be in serious trouble if he tested positive for coronavirus.

He said during an appearance on Good Morning Britain: ‘I’m currently at 27st. I’ve been speaking regularly to the doctors and nurses at Transform Hospital Group. They’ve been giving me advice.

‘They’ve basically been saying, the size I am at the moment, it could be fatal. If I was to catch Covid, I could be a goner.

‘It’s not just that, my mum and dad, they’ve had heart problems themselves, so it’s kind of in my family hereditary, in my genes and stuff.

‘I’ve got to tackle this now before it’s too late.’


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