What is gastric sleeve surgery? Kelly Osbourne says the stomach operation is the ‘best thing she’s ever done’

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Kelly Osbourne, pictured in January 2020, underwent gastric sleeve surgery two years ago. (Getty Images)
Kelly Osbourne, pictured in January 2020, underwent gastric sleeve surgery in 2018. (Getty Images)

Kelly Osbourne has revealed she underwent gastric sleeve surgery in 2018 and she credits it for her 6st weight loss.

Describing the operation as “the best thing she’s ever done”, Osbourne, 35, opened up about the experience on the Hollywood Raw podcast.

“I don't give a f**** what anyone has to say. I did it, I'm proud of it, they can suck s****. I did the gastric sleeve,” Osbourne said.

“All it does is change the shape of your stomach. I got that almost two years ago. I will never ever ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done.”

According to the NHS, there are a range of different gastric surgeries a person can have to drop weight.

Unlike a gastric band - which places a band around the upper section of the stomach to help you feel full quicker - a sleeve gastrectomy is where a large part of the stomach is removed so it's much smaller than it was before.

This means you can’t eat as much as before and you’ll feel fuller quicker.

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The operation removes around 80% of the stomach, leaving a thin tube or ‘sleeve’ (about the width of your thumb) which holds about 50-100mL of fluid (about ½ cup of tea).

One of the disadvantages of the surgery is that it may worsen severe acid reflux and the operation isn’t reversible.

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Osbourne also revealed that her face may look “skinnier” due to injections she’s been having to treat temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), a condition that affects movement of the jaw.

“I had really bad TMJ. One of the things they did to stop it was they gave me injections in my jaw. It kinda made my jaw look skinnier,” she explained.

“That's when people started to notice that I had really lost weight because it changed the shape of everything. I found out it’s called buckle fat. It changed everything on my face! How the f*** did I not know about this sooner?”

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The actor added that before undergoing the surgery she gave up alcohol and worked on becoming happy, as she had to “fix” her head before making any big decisions about her body.

“The number one thing I had to do was get happy. I had to fix my head before I could fix my body. You can never go into this if you’re not in a good mindset,” she said.

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