Mrs Hinch Reveals Complications Of A £6,000 Gastric Band
The Insta-famous clean queen, 29, spent £6,000 on having the band fitted after feeling self-conscious over her weight.
But two years later, she was left in agony after it slipped and became wedged in her oesophagus, meaning she needed emergency surgery.
While the band hasn't been removed, it doesn't work anymore. "The surgery works for some people, but for me, if I had known the complications and risks, I wouldn't have done it," Sophie told the Mail on Sunday.
Mrs Hinch lost eight stone with the gastric band, but was left with excess skin on her arms and underwent another operation in 2016 to remove it. However, she was left with an infection from the surgery - at one point, Sophie feared she'd lose her left arm. Thankfully, doctors managed to clear it up with antibiotics.
Recalling what pushed to her having the surgery in the first place, Mrs Hinch explained: "I'd just passed my driving test, so I was able to go out in the car and get takeaways at McDonald's Drive-Thrus. Before I knew it, I was eating for what felt like eating's sake. I was getting pizzas and deliveries. I love food, even now."
View this post on Instagram:heart: Sadly I cant post a letter to each and every one of you individually. So instead Ive laid on my bed and written one :see_no_evil: and thought I would post it here , I really hope you get to read it :heart: To my Hincher , How are you? It's Mrs Hinch here! I really need to thank you , thank you for changing my life. You may be thinking how? So let me explain. My life hasn't changed in a physical way, I still live in the same house, wear the same clothes , shop in the same shops and eat out in the same restaurants! But you have changed the way that I feel inside about myself. I've been anxious, a worrier and an over thinker ever since I can remember and never really understood why or why I was the only one like it. But little did I know there's millions out there like me and without you I would never have known this. You've given me the confidence to go out alone , eat lunch on my own , show off my random Hinch hauls, pine my toilet, hang up my cloths, shine my sink and not feel ashamed. Because of you I've stood in front of photographers, been on the TV, opened up in my very own book and now I feel as though I can even manage my anxiety. I need you to know that I will never forget where I started and I will never leave you behind. I also need you to remember that If I can do this journey ... you can. With or without Mrs Hinch .. you've got this. We are now a community of Hinchers , working together , simply trying to enjoy the one life we are blessed to have. Henry and bump would also like to thank you for making their mum smile that bit more everyday and Mr Hinch thanks you for giving his wife the confidence to keep going. We have learnt the "boring life" is the best life and I can't wait to share my next chapter with you. Thank you for reading this letter , lots of love always. All the best , Soph (AKA Mrs Hinch) :heart: #imahincher #alwayswillbe #mrshinch #2million
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The influencer added: "Body shaming angers me, because even if you lose the weight you never forget the comments. I'm still not 100 per cent confident with my body but I'm getting there."
Mrs Hinch previously reflected on her journey with her 10 Year Challenge, which evoked a powerful response from her 2 million Instagram followers.
"I think it surprised people," Sophie said, adding that people related as she is: "Not this perfect cleaner with a perfect setup. I wanted to let them know that, because people have such pressure on themselves to have a perfect life. I went through a hell of a lot, which is why my confidence isn't great even now."
Mrs Hinch also candidly spoke about how 'hinching' helps calm her anxieties and control panic attacks.
"When I'm at home, and I start to feel a bit of panic in my chest, I will grab a mop or a cloth and put on some good music. It really helps me relax," she explained.
After her interview was published, Mrs Hinch hoped her followers would take away one very strong message. "Do not body shame anybody! Never judge a book by its cover! Everyone's cover is their own and that is what's so amazing!" she shared on her Instagram.
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