Kym Marsh was forced to pull out of making a return to hosting the BBC’s Morning Live on Monday, as she grapples with effects of her ‘horrendous’ hernia operation.
The TV personality, 44, was replaced in the studio by two-time Strictly Come Dancing champ Oti Mabuse as she appeared from home to explain her absence.
Speaking to her co-host Gethin Jones, she said: ‘I am really surprised. There was more to it than we originally thought.
Recovering: Kym Marsh was forced to pull out of making a return to hosting the BBC’s Morning Live on Monday, as she grapples with effects of her ‘horrendous’ hernia operation
‘I am someone who likes to get up and about and do things for myself. It’s really difficult having to sit and do nothing, it’s horrendous.
‘One of the problems of having a hernia is it’s really restrictive and stops you doing exercise you want to do. This is just killing me now. But I am listening to my body, you have to, it’s important. I’ll be there soon.’
On Thursday, Kym gave her Morning Live co-stars and viewers an update on her recovery from a hernia operation.
The presenter usually presents alongside Gethin, 42, in the show’s studio but is recovering at home after having an operation on two hernias over the weekend.
Surprised: Speaking to her co-host Gethin Jones, former Coronation Street star said, ‘I am really surprised. There was more to it than we originally thought’
Appearing via video link on Thursday, Kym admitted she was still in pain and declared herself to be ‘the world’s worst patient’.
‘It’s just been a bit more painful than what I expected it to be and probably, I’m the world’s worst patient,’ she told Gethin and co-star Rav Wilding.
‘Not because I’ve got people running around after me, quite the opposite, I’m really uncomfortable with watching other people do things and I wanna get up and help but I can’t.’
Gethin then cheekily asked Kym if she’d managed to have her first post-operation shower after she previously mentioned she hadn’t worked up the energy to.
‘That wasn’t because of the hernia, that’s because I couldn’t be bothered,’ quipped Kym. ‘I had my first shower yesterday and that was heaven.’
‘You just feel horrible, you’re so grubby after an operation, you’ve got iodine and all sorts all over you. I’ve still got an arrow drawn on my stomach in pen that hasn’t come off yet!’
Kym also appeared on last Monday’s episode of Morning Live from her bed after having surgery over the previous weekend.
Kym told Gethin and Dr Xand the surgery ended up being more complicated than doctors thought so she had to stay overnight in the hospital.
Not happy: On Thursday, Kym gave her Morning Live co-stars and viewers an update on her recovery from a hernia operation
Informing viewers Kym wouldn’t in studio with him, Gethin said: ‘Kym can’t join us this week, but I’m pleased to say we can catch up with her first now… wow! We’re going live into Kym Marsh’s bedroom, how exciting.’
Kym explained: ‘I’m OK, I’m recovering. It turned out to be slightly more than they thought it was going to be. So to clear up… I do have a hiatus hernia but that wasn’t the operation I was having.
‘I’ve had two hernias in my groin, I thought I only had one and I ended up having two. So it’s more painful than I thought.’
Kym added: ‘What I had originally was diagnosed as an inguinal hernia which they said can be caused by sport, and I’d trained quite a lot.
Live from home: The presenter usually presents alongside co-host Gethin Jones in the BBC show’s studio but is currently recovering at home after having an operation on two hernias
‘When they went in and had a look they found what you call a femoral hernia as well, which is slightly less common.’
The former Coronation Street star reassured her co-host she is doing fine but is still ‘a bit sore’.
She said: ‘It’s more common in women, apparently, that have had children. So that was my Saturday… and I ended up having to stay overnight because I hit a few complications but I’m OK, I’m doing alright, I’m a bit sore.’
‘Weirdly, because I had it done keyhole, the pain I’m getting is where they’ve gone in with the instruments rather than the actual groin area.’
Meanwhile, Kym recently revealed that she once had pre-cancerous cells removed following a routine smear test.
The actress has urged women to be ‘vigilant’ with their health and not miss important appointments.
Kym lamented the fact that one-in-three women have missed their smear tests during the pandemic.
Writing in her OK! magazine column, the actress said: ‘I am someone who has had pre-cancerous cells – I’ve had them removed and, touch wood, I’m fine.
‘But imagine if I hadn’t gone to that smear test at that time? You’ve got to be vigilant.’
Kym added: ‘Coronavirus is going on, but other serious illnesses and diseases don’t go away so we’ve got to be aware.’
On the mend: Kym also appeared on Monday’s episode of Morning Live from her bed after having surgery over the previous weekend
A smear test detects abnormal cells on the cervix, which is the entrance to the uterus from the vagina. Removing these cells can prevent cervical cancer.
Most test results come back clear, however, one in 20 women show abnormal changes to the cells of their cervix.
Women are invited to have smear tests every three years between the ages of 25 and 49, and then every five years until they reach 65.
During the first national lockdown, smear test services were paused in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as in some practices in England.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust charity have estimated 600,000 fewer tests than normal were carried out last April and May due to the pandemic, in addition to 1.5 million appointments missed annually.
Ouch: Kym told Gethin Jones (pictured) the surgery ended up being more complicated than doctors thought so she had to stay overnight in the hospital