The Only Way is Essex star Liam Gatsby underwent a “life changing” operation this week he shared with fans on Instagram.
The 33 year old posted a couple of photos of himself from a hospital bed following his treatment at The Holly Private Hospital in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, to repair his stomach after suffering from a hiatus hernia.
Liam had flown in from LA especially for the operation and is now on a required liquid diet ordered by surgeons while he recovers from the complicated surgery.
The reality star was seen in the photos shared holding up the thumbs up sign with both hands as he looked relieved to be out from on top of the operating table.
Opening up about the experience, Liam wrote: “I would have still been in LA but the reason I came home was to have surgery.
"I’ve been suffering with a hiatus hernia & acid reflux for a few years now but it got to the point where I couldn’t eat food & drink liquids at the same time without it coming back up.
"Imagine eating a meal & being thirsty and not being able to drink a glass of water with it or the food you’ve just eaten will come back up.
"Also, the burning taste of acid in your mouth most mornings.
"This surgery repairing my stomach & hiatal hernia will hopefully be life changing for me.”
While Liam was happy to have completed the surgery he mentioned not being ecstatic to have to follow the restrictive liquid diet.
"Not looking forward to the next 6 weeks on a liquid / soft food diet so any tips from people who have had this surgery it would be much appreciated x,” the TV star added.
Liam’s mum had travelled all the way from her home in America to visit her son in hospital and was seen with him in one of the pictures posted after the surgery, as Liam revealed that she would be looking after him over the next two months.
The condition Liam was treated for occurs when a section of the stomach rises into the chest and is rarely discovered in those aged under 50.
It is thought that the TOWIE star will remain in hospital for the next three days before being released to continue on with his recovery, forcing him away from filming the ITV show for at least six weeks.
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