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LeAnn Rimes shares heartbreaking health update as she undergoes surgery: 'I've had enough trauma'

The "How Do I Live" singer recently underwent vocal cord surgery as well

Actress / Singer LeAnn Rimes visits Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 08, 2019 in Universal City, California.
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
16 January 2024
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LeAnn Rimes is taking to social media with a difficult update, sharing with her nearly one million followers on Instagram that she'd recently undergone surgery.

The 41-year-old singer started off discussing how January had been a tough month for her usually, because she'd "either been going through dental surgeries or recovering from a vocal hemorrhage around this time, which was all pretty depressing." 

She then added that while this month had been "joyful and easeful," she had undergone a minor surgery on Friday and wanted to speak up about it to encourage women to get annual screenings.

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"Several months back, I had my annual pap smear, which came back abnormal," she explained. "In fact, I've had abnormal paps since I was 17 and through regular pap smears and colposcopies, my doctors have been keeping an eye on any cellular changes that could be taking place. 

"After my latest abnormal pap smear and colposcopy revealed that I had high grade cervical dysplasia, I consulted with my doctor and we jointly decided that a LEEP procedure would be in my best interest, in order to remove the high grade, abnormal, pre-cancerous cells."

 LEEP, or Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, is described by John Hopkins Medicine as requiring "a wire loop heated by electric current to remove cells and tissue in a woman's lower genital tract," as part of "the diagnosis and treatment for abnormal or cancerous conditions."

Singer LeAnn Rimes in a thigh split skirt and a blazer© Getty Images
The singer has been open about her journey with her health in the past as well

LeAnn revealed that she elected to be under anesthesia for the procedure, saying: "I've had enough trauma in my life already, so I prefer to be out and comfortable. That, my friends, is advocating for your overall, mental wellness and comfort and I HIGHLY recommend it!"

She opened up about being candid when it came to her health challenges in the past, explaining why she considered it important to share what one is going through to inspire others to learn and make smart choices as well. 

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"So, ladies, please don't put off getting your annual pap. my men, too… make sure you get your annual physical, minus the pap smear."

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The singer encouraged other women to get their annual screenings and pap smears

The country star advocated for early screenings and encouraged women to have further conversations about issues like cervical cancer and general wellness.

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"I believe, the more shares and conversations we have around women's wellness, the more we take the ewww factor out of talking about vaginas and put the power back in our hands, to be able to take the best care of our bodies that we can."

LeAnn Rimes attends the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee© Getty Images
"So, ladies, please don't put off getting your annual pap. my men, too… make sure you get your annual physical, minus the pap smear."

LeAnn was praised for her candid approach and for being so vulnerable and open about her journey, with many fans wishing her a speedy recovery while others complimented her resilience.

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"Amen!! bless your inner warrior for staying on top of your wellness and health and for sharing your journey," one wrote, while another opined: "Love you babe. Thank you for being such a leader and amazing woman," and a third added: "Thank you for that reminder that we have to make our health a priority," with several others revealing their personal journeys as well.

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The singer was praised by fans for spreading awareness about cervical cancer and the benefits of early detection

What is Cervical Dysplasia and LEEP?

Aesthetic doctor and GP Dr. Chandni Rajani elaborated on LeAnn's condition with HELLO!, saying: "High-grade cervical dysplasia refers to a condition with significant and abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. While high-grade cervical dysplasia itself may not cause noticeable symptoms, it can be a precursor to cervical cancer if left untreated. 

"Fortunately, the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) can be a great solution. LEEP involves the targeted removal of abnormal cervical tissue using a heated wire loop, which helps eliminate the precancerous cells. While LEEP is generally safe, it may entail some potential risks, such as bleeding or infection, so I recommend speaking to your doctor or GP, who can provide more details."

LeAnn Rimes enchants her Texas audience on tour in a white crochet knit dress© Instagram
The singer's journey highlights the importance of "open communication with your healthcare team" as well

Why LeAnn sharing her story is important for other women

Dr. Rajani adds: "Women must understand the importance of regular screenings and discuss LEEP's potential benefits & risks with their healthcare providers. We should also be aware that LEEP may have implications for future fertility, and it is essential to have open communication with your healthcare team to address any concerns and ensure a personalized and informed decision-making process."

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