After suffering a massive heart attack in 2012, actress Rosie O’Donnell knew that she had to make a big change in her life. Which is why she turned to a new weight loss to help her get rid of her excess weight.
52-year old Rosie O’Donnell tells UsWeekly that she has dropped 50 pounds and is feeling better than ever, courtesy of undergoing a vertical gastric bypass sleeve procedure last summer.
“It’s very different than when you think of bypass surgery. It’s newer,” the former talk show host explained to Access Hollywood. “They remove two-thirds of your stomach, but everything else stays intact, and as a result of that, you can’t hold as much food.”
Not that you want much food. “The very interesting part is that in that other two-thirds are where all the hunger hormone lives,” she shared. “That’s the biggest surprise, that you’re not hungry, right?”
Although it doesn’t mean that she can just eat whatever she wants. “It’s a tool, it’s not an answer,” O’Donnell said of the procedure. “You can’t just get surgery and go ‘I’m done’ and keep eating the way you did. You have to change the way you eat, you have to exercise.”
Since the surgery, Rosie says that she has managed to drop 44 pounds, but it didn’t happen all at once. “It’s a lot slower than it was at the beginning,” she told Access Hollywood.
When asked if her new body has made her feel sexier, the comedic star laughed. “Sexy? No,” she said, laughing. “No, I feel better that, like, my tummy’s not in the way, you know, when everybody’s naked. But no. I feel maybe less shame a little bit.”
Undergoing weight loss surgery isn’t Rosie’s first time under the knife. When she guest starred on the popular television series Nip/Tuck, she revealed in an interview that she had had a cosmetic surgery procedure on her neck in the past.
Rosie told TV Guide at the time, “I had a mini neck thing done when I was on my show and my son Parker was a baby. They kept saying to me, “What are we going to do about your neck? Or your fat?” But it was a same-day thing, so I don’t know if that is even considered plastic surgery. I do not know if I would do it again, though, because I am not the kind of actress who gets parts based on my physical appearance.”
Although Rosie not be planning on having more plastic surgery, she may find it necessary in order to be comfortable. Many people who experience drastic weight loss, especially as a result of a weight loss surgery procedure, find that they are left with a lot of excess skin that makes wearing clothes uncomfortable. Excess can get pinched and caught in clothes, making it desirable to have a plastic surgery procedure that can get rid of it.
After a gastric sleeve procedure, many patients opt for an abdominoplasty and liposuction to tighten up the tummy further.