After Neil Ruddick loses 93lbs following gastric band op, other celebs who’ve had similar surgery
Weight loss surgery can be popular with celebrities looking to shed the pounds with a little extra help – but it's far from a magic fix.
A slew of stars who have gone under the knife have found themselves facing countless complications, from Fern Britton, who felt her new look made her a liability, to Vanessa Feltz, who nearly died from the complex procedure.
Some might feel overjoyed with the procedure at first, like former Premier League footballer Neil ‘Razor' Ruddock, who announced this week that he's lost a whopping seven stone after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery.
But others, such as Randy Jackson, struggled to keep the weight off in the years which followed their op.
Here, FEMAIL reveals the nine celebrities, on both sides of the pond, who've slimmed down thanks to bariatric surgery – and its dramatic impact on both their appearance and their lives.
The ex-Liverpool and Spurs defender told MailOnline the op ‘saved my life' after admitting his eating and drinking had gotten out of control (pictured ahead of surgery, and right, after the op)
The TOWIE star, who's battled cocaine addiction and depression, has shed 13 stone since having gastric sleeve surgery with the Transform Hospital Group. Pictured before his transformation
After he binged on high-calorie meals, Arg (pictured in 2019) was left exhausted so would stay at home on a regular basis. However, one afternoon she found him in bed and began crying
The reality star now swears by a strict diet of chicken salad, fish and vegetables which he supplements with multivitamins. Pictured left and right, last summer
Looking leaner than ever following weight loss surgery in May 2011, James ‘Arg' Argent is definitely the modern poster boy for the gastric band op.
The TOWIE star, who's battled cocaine addiction and depression, has shed 13 stone since having gastric sleeve surgery with the Transform Hospital Group, after years of struggling with his weight – he once tipped the scales at 27.5 stone.
James previously told The Sun he was on the brink of death when he was at his heaviest but hadn't listened to doctors when they warned him.
The ‘big wake up call' came when his mother Patricia wept at the sight of her ‘unrecognisable' son, who had ballooned after replacing his cocaine addiction with unhealthy food.
After he binged on high-calorie meals, Arg was left exhausted so would stay at home on a regular basis. However, one afternoon she found him in bed and began crying.
He admitted: ‘I could have been a goner, so I just knew I had to do something.'
The surgery saw 70 percent of his stomach removed in the £10,000 operation, which now means he must not drink liquid half an hour before or after eating, with his much-loved fizzy drinks prohibited.
He said: ‘If I drink water just before a meal it sits above my stomach, and if I eat too soon it can make me sick.'
The reality star now swears by a strict diet of chicken salad, fish and vegetables which he supplements with multivitamins, while limiting his liquid intake to green tea and water, alongside regular boxing, swimming and weight training sessions at the gym.
Despite losing three-and-a-half stone, Vanessa (pictured left, in 2009 and right, in 2020), 61, began feeling unwell after the initial surgery
The TV and radio star, who recently split from her long-term lover Ben Ofoedu after allegations that he cheated on her, underwent gastric band surgery in 2010 – but the operation wasn't a success.
WHAT IS BARIATRIC SURGERY?
Bariatric surgery is a variety of procedures designed to help a patient lose weight.
Surgeries include reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band, or removing part of the stomach through a gastric sleeve.
It also includes gastric bypass surgery, in which surgeons reroute the intestine to a small stomach pouch which shrinks the stomach.
Despite losing three-and-a-half stone, Vanessa, 61, began feeling unwell after the initial op.
She said at the time: ‘The gastric band I had fitted would have been alright for some, but for me it was brutal.
‘Your food can get stuck in the band – and you puke it up. It's very unpredictable.'
In order to rectify the problems she was suffering, Vanessa went under the knife again, but suffered complications when the doctors discovered the band had implanted in her liver.
In 2019, she candidly revealed that her family feared she had died while undergoing the operation earlier that year.
The TV personality told how surgeons discovered the complication during an interview with Best magazine, admitting that her family worried they had lost her after the 45-minute operation took more than five hours.
In August 2019, the radio star revealed how the weight loss had made her more confident and helped her sex life.
She had explained that she felt more confident and enjoyed wearing sexy lingerie in the bedroom after shedding the pounds down to a size 12.
‘I've been able to get sexier underwear. I love a négligée – I've got some fabulous satin ones which I think are absolutely irresistible to Ben,' she told Woman Magazine.
Vanessa's gastric band was fitted 13 years ago, and she famously admitted she used to try and ‘cheat' the weight-loss procedure by drinking ‘chocolate custard'.
Fern (pictured left in 2005, and right, in 2019) had undergone gastric band surgery but hadn't spoken publicly about the reasons behind her significant weight loss, something that caused an uproar when it was revealed
Perhaps the most controversial gastric band op belongs to former This Morning and Ready Steady Cook star Fern Britton.
In 2006, the presenter, now 65, at the height of her daytime TV fame, thanks to her successful partnership with co-host Philip Schofield, was also the £200,000 a year face of Ryvita, and had slimmed down considerably.
Fern had undergone gastric band surgery but hadn't spoken publicly about the reasons behind her significant weight loss, something that caused an uproar when it was revealed.
She defending having the surgery, saying: ‘My cholesterol was high. My knee joints were starting to hurt.
‘I wasn't able to run. I was approaching 50 and I thought: ‘Do you know what? I'm going to be different when I'm 50.”
Ultimately, the surgery sparked her exit from her lucrative This Morning role.
Speaking on TalkRADIO after she'd left the ITV daytime show, Fern said: ‘It was all gastric band-gate. It ruffled a few feathers.
‘I think perhaps I became a bit of a liability to ITV. I really don't know.'
Shutting down long-running rumours of a feud between her and her co-star over differing pay salaries, she continued: ‘That got into a story and it was not to do with that. I didn't know what Phillip was earning.
‘But I knew that I was earning plenty for me and you have to know what is enough for yourself.
‘I'm old fashioned enough not to question what other people are earning. I was very well looked after.'
In 2005, former TV-AM star Anne Diamond, now 68, had a gastric band – but with disastrous consequences
A first disastrous operation put the band not around her stomach but at the top of her oesophagus
In 2005, former TV-AM star Anne Diamond, now 68, had a gastric band – but with disastrous consequences.
She said in her autobiography, Girl Next Door, written in 2005, that she opted for surgery having ‘done every diet in the land – and yet, at the end of them, put on more weight'.
By the end of her 40s, she said she had ‘ended up with a worse problem than when I started' – weighing in at 15st 10lb – and decided to go under the surgeon's knife.
She said: ‘I was really, really miserable about my weight. Depressed, even. Not about life – but my weight.'
A first disastrous operation put the band not around her stomach but at the top of her oesophagus.
A leading stomach reduction surgeon in the UK corrected the procedure, about the same time she was scheduled to appear on Celebrity Fit Club, which she had to leave in a storm of publicity after revealing she'd had surgery.
The weight fell off though, she reduced by a dress size within a month and lost a further three stone but said later that those interested in such surgery should do thorough research, saying: ‘gastric band or a bypass cannot turn you into Catherine Zeta Jones and propel you to Hollywood and a nice rich husband'.
The former X Factor UK judge – who is married to Ozzy Osbourne and has three children Aimee, Kelly and Jack – underwent gastric band surgery in the late nineties. Pictured in 1987
The former X Factor UK judge – who is married to Ozzy Osbourne and has three children Aimee, Kelly and Jack – underwent gastric band surgery in the late nineties…but it wasn't a success, with the star, now 70, undergoing a second procedure to remove it in 2006.
Afterwards she said she felt like a ‘cheat' because she wasn't losing the pounds healthily, and revealed the band had made her ill.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in 2014, she said: ‘I felt like such a cheat when I had that band on my stomach.
‘It makes you vomit the whole time. Nothing goes down because it goes out.'
The star, who underwent surgery for colon cancer in 2002 and had a double mastectomy in 2012, now controls her weight by eating healthily.
Two years after undergoing her procedure, reality star Kelly Osbourne, 38, opened up about her gastric sleeve surgery in 2020
In her 2017 memoir, media personality Kelly Osbourne wrote about her struggles with weight gain, as well her substance abuse issues.
She described herself as having had ‘a little dumpling body' which put her off going to the gym and exercising around thinner people.
She ended up losing six-stone after her gastric sleeve surgery in 2018.
But before she decided to get surgery, Kelly said that she had to fix her mind and get sober before she made any big decisions.
She explained on the Hollywood Raw with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn podcast: ‘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.'
‘I stopped drinking, which is the best thing I've ever done. I really wanted to fix the things that were broken in me. I'm not perfect.
‘I still make a lot of mistakes. I have bumps in the road, I fall down, I get back up again.'
‘I had surgery,' the daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne defiantly told two years later in an interview.
‘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.'
She added: ‘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.'
She also spoke about having injections to change the shape of her face, and make her jaw look ‘skinnier', after suffering with TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction).
Kelly also admitted that since showing off her weight loss, she has received more attention from men than ever, even being asked out seven times in one day.
After she lost nearly seven stone following her 1998 gastric bypass, Roseanne Barr, 70, told People Magazine that she was left with a ‘huge overhang'. Pictured in 1988
Rosanne Barr, the American actress and comedian has in past been open about her cosmetic procedures which include gastric bypass, a nose job, a tummy tuck, a breast reduction and a face-lift.
After she lost nearly seven stone following her 1998 gastric bypass, Roseanne Barr, 70, told People Magazine that she was left with a ‘huge overhang' and ‘had it taken off.'
But a few years ago, the star appeared to be far from done when it comes to going under the knife.
In 2019, the Roseanne told DailyMailTV that she was ready for more and will be going back to the doctor get consultations on future procedures.
‘Now I want a waist,' she sated. ‘I don't have a waist.'
She also cited the Kardashians as a source of inspiration, aesthetically.
‘I have a thing for butts because I never had a butt my whole life and I've always felt deprived,' she continued.
While many have looked at the physiques Kim or Khloe and thought the same thing, Roseanne revealed that she had a procedure done to procure a plump behind.
‘I did have one procedure where I got the fat sucked out of my stomach and put in my butt because I just wanted to see what it would be like to have some shape of my butt,' the television star added.
American Idol judge Randy Jackson, 66, lost over seven stone when he had gastric bypass surgery in 2003. Pictured before and after his transformation
American Idol judge Randy Jackson, 66, lost over seven stone when he had gastric bypass surgery in 2003.
He has over the years opened up managing the weight loss since – admitting to intermittent struggles with the process – and doing so while keeping his type two diabetes in check.
Writing about the experience in his 2008 book Body With Soul, he said the life-threatening disease is both a curse and a blessing.
The television star explained that learning about his condition – with which he was diagnosed in 2001 – had ‘burst the bubble he'd been living in' – and he ‘couldn't lie to himself anymore'.
Randy had revealed to WedMD, in a 2008 interview, that he had tried countless fads to keep the weight off.
‘Liquid fasts. Bee stings. Urine of pregnant women. You name it. I have tried it,' he joked. ‘The problem is that those diets don't work for people who have the disease of obesity.'
In 2020, he spoke to PEOPLE about Unify Health Labs, which he co-founded to create health products with a ‘holistic approach' to weight-control and management.
‘You have to change the way you think about food,' he told the outlet. ‘You have to almost have a complete divorce break up…and start back bit by bit and find out the things that work with your body and you also find out the allergies and really pay attention to how you feel.'
Randy has in past been candid about his struggles with cravings.
In a 2010 article, the Daily Mail quoted him as saying: ‘The struggle continues. It never ends. I am not some trainer with a half-percentage of body fat – I am a real guy dealing with obesity.
‘I am the guy who knows what it’s like to be walking around with 100 extra pounds.'
He added that following the surgery, he drastically changed his diet, but it can often be difficult trying to stay on the straight and narrow with all the junk food around backstage at American Idol.
He said: ‘For the old Dawg, a holiday party was a chance to have something to eat, drink, and be merry, but the new Randy does not drink or eat at parties.
‘Food was always my thing, because I grew up in the South where food and good times were king.'
The actress has been open about her weight since, admitting it was causing other health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and pre-diabetes. Pictured left in 2008 and right, this year
American comedian Rosie O'Donnell vowed to change her life after suffering a severe heart attack in 2012 – and subsequently lost around 3 stone, dropping from 16 stone 6 lb to nearly 12 stone 12 lb, following vertical gastric sleeve surgery in July 2013.
The actress, 60, has been open about her weight since, admitting it was causing other health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and pre-diabetes.
Last month she took to TikTok to reveal a 10lbs weight loss, which she is ‘very happy' with.
The media personality claimed she'd managed to burn the fat since Christmas in the gleeful video filmed while taking her daughter Dakota, 10, to school.
She told her fans: ‘Good morning! I'm on my way to school to drop her off and I need to let you know I've lost 10lbs since Christmas.'
Rosie continued: '10lbs! I'm very happy. TikTok, you don't stop.'
A fan commented, ‘You can't drop a bomb like that and not tell us HOW???' which prompted the comedienne to explain that she was put on the drug Mounjaro for diabetics.
‘OK, so like two months ago, my doctor put me on… not Ozempic, Mounjaro? Something like that, and Repatha,' she began.
‘One I do every other week, and one I do once a week. And that and on Christmas, I stopped drinking anything except water. Now I have had champagne one night, that was a toast, and some wine one night, so it hasn't been 100 per cent but I really stopped drinking like five or six Diet Cokes a day,' she added.
‘All I drink is water now, and I'm not eating sugar as much as I can. And my appetite has decreased significantly,' Rosie explained.
‘It's probably the meds, and I'm trying to move more, so all of those things combined, that's what it is,' she concluded.
Another fan asked that they can't get Mounjaro covered through their insurance and it costs $1,000 a month.'
Rosie responded in another video: ‘Yeah you have to have diabetes to get a prescription. That's what I heard.
‘People are doing Ozempic parties here in L.A. where they all do Ozempic, but I have diabetes too, so that's why I'm on it.'
Another fan commented that she was ‘struggling with soda,' and Rosie revealed, ‘Yeah, soda is the enemy. Period. You've gotta get rid of it.'