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Mrs Hinch Reveals Complications Of A £6,000 Gastric Band

Mrs Hinch Reveals Complications Of A £6,000 Gastric Band

Mrs Hinch - real name Sophie Hinchliffe - has opened on an "agonising" gastric band she had fitted at age 21.

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.

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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.

Credit: Instagram/Mrs Hinch
Credit: Instagram/Mrs Hinch

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."

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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."

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Credit: Instagram/Mrs Hinch
Credit: Instagram/Mrs Hinch

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.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@carlbembridgehair

Topics: Mrs Hinch, Celebrity News, Health

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Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - [email protected]