Denise Richards surgery Bold and Beautiful
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Bold and Beautiful actress’ close call was a lesson in listening to her body.

Busy actress Denise Richards, who juggles her role of Shauna Fulton on Bold and the Beautiful along with appearing on the reality series, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, shared photos taken by her husband, Aaron Cameron, a couple of months ago and revealed that she had undergone emergency surgery for four hernias. has the post below, in which Richards explained how she waited longer than she should have to address the situation, and stated, “Being a mom, wife, & having a career sometimes it’s easier to just be strong and power through, I thought the pain & my other symptoms would just go away. They did not and got a lot worse.” She thanked her husband for taking great care of her and went on to describe her shock when she finally went for treatment, “I thought I had one femoral hernia, I actually had 2 femoral & 2 inguinal. And I waited way too long & didn’t even tell my husband how bad I was feeling (I know it was stupid) … gotta always listen to our bodies & take care of ourselves.” Dr. Shirin Towfigh at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center performed the surgeries on Richardson, which took six hours, during which time her husband waited close by.

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A femoral hernia occurs when fatty tissue or a portion of the bowel pokes through into the groin at the top of the inner thigh. It pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle wall (abdominal wall) into an area called the femoral canal. Symptoms include a bulge in the upper thigh beside the groin, groin discomfort when lifting, and in severe cases can lead to pain in the abdomen, nausea, and vomiting. Since it can obstruct the intestines (strangulation) it is a medical emergency that requires surgery to put the tissue poking through back where it belongs and repair the weak spot. In an inguinal hernia, the tissue pokes through the abdominal wall rather than the groin.

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