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Denise Van Outen reveals she had spinal surgery to recover from Strictly injury

The operation could have left her unable to sing

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Melanie Macleod
Melanie MacleodWellness Editor
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Denise Van Outen spoke out on Lorraine last week about the horrific injury she sustained during Strictly, which meant she had to undergo surgery on her back.

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The presenter spoke out about how the procedure involved doctors accessing her spine by going through her throat, which left her with a scar on her neck. "It's something I kept very private, because I love Strictly and James Jordan was my partner, and I didn't want him to get into any trouble," Denise told Lorraine.

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"I did have a fall and I was dropped on my head and my neck went, and I slipped three discs into my spinal cord," Denise explains. "I actually did the final with steroid injections, I don't know how I did it."

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She went on to detail the procedure she had, explaining: "I had quite major surgery where they took my voice box out and they were worried I'd never sing again.

"The rehabilitation was quite a long time, but I kept it very private, I wasn't looking for public sympathy, I wanted to heal on my own. It was major surgery."

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"People keep asking me what the small scar on my neck is, that's what it's from," she said.

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The former Big Breakfast presenter also spoke out about her struggle with eczema last week, saying the painful skin condition made her feel self-conscious.

"When I was performing at my cabaret show I had to amend my costume to have long sleeves to cover it up," she wrote on Instagram.

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She went on to share that she's partnered with eczema-soothing product Double Base. "I have been using the Dry Skin Emollient from @doublebaseuk for the last month or so and I can honestly say the difference in my skin has been incredible," she wrote. "It's a gel so absorbs really quickly and works by trapping moisture in the skin and restoring its natural protective barrier."

Denise has been promoting her new book, A Bit Of Me, which covers her career so far. She said she wrote it so her daughter Betsy can learn all about her mum's career and life.


A Bit Of Me: From Basildon to Broadway and Back, £7.91, Amazon


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