James Argent undergoes life-saving £10k gastric surgery operation
- Bang Showbiz
- 19 April 2021
'TOWIE' star James 'Arg' Argent has gone under the knife for life-saving gastric surgery, and while he was told there was a "small chance" he might die during the operation, he is "already losing weight"
James 'Arg' Argent has undergone life-saving gastric surgery and admitted he was "scared" he might die during the operation.
The 'Only Way is Essex' star underwent the £10,000 op in a bid to shed 11 stone after he ballooned to 27 stone during lockdown, but he was told there was a "small chance" he may meet his maker on the operating table.
He said: "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 33-year-old star "struggled" to stick to a 1,000 calories-per-day diet to enable him to go under the knife.
And while Arg has been vomiting blood since the operation, and cannot consume solid food for six weeks, he feels he 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.
"Just dealing with trapped wind is really uncomfortable. They encouraged me to keep burping to get wind out, but you can’t even fart."
Arg is looking forward to training with his pal Mark Wright when his surgery has healed, and he admitted his ex girlfriend Lydia Bright and her mum Debbie Bright have been a great support to him.
He added to The Sun newspaper: "She’s a real friend and she and her mum have been an incredible support to me.
"I’m very fond of Lydia. I’m lucky to have her in my life and for us to be such close friends.
"But my whole weight loss journey isn’t to try and win anyone back and it isn’t for any particular woman. I am doing this genuinely for myself.
"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."
Last month, Arg told how he had been warned by doctors he could be "a goner" if he tests positive for coronavirus, due to his 27-stone size.
He said at the time: "I’m currently at 27 stone. 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."
Arg admitted in May last year he was a cocaine addict, and revealed his addiction led to him suffering two near-fatal overdoses in 2019.