FKA Twigs’ terror over having six tumours removed in secret surgery

FKA Twigs has shockingly revealed she’s had six tumours removed in agonising surgery.

The singer and dancer – who split from Robert Pattinson last October – weighed as much as someone six months pregnant before having the growths in her uterus secretly removed.

She described two fibroids as being the size of cooking apples while three were like kiwis, but thankfully doctors were able to remove them through keyhole surgery in December.

"I am a very private person as u all know and I have gone back and forth in my mind whether to share that this year I have been recovering from laparoscopic surgery to remove 6 fibroid tumours from my uterus," she bravely revealed on Instagram.


"The tumours were pretty huge… a fruit bowl of pain everyday. The nurse said that the weight and size was like being 6 months pregnant."

"I tried to be brave but it was excruciating at times and to be honest I started to doubt if my body would ever feel the same again," continued to 30-year-old, admitting she was ‘so scared’ before the surgery.

"Despite lots of love from friends and family I felt really alone and my confidence as a woman was knocked," she wrote.

"But… today whilst dancing at the choreography house I felt like my strong self again for the first time in a while and it was magical.

"Thank you precious body for healing, thank you for reminding me to be kind to myself, you are a wonderful thing, now go create and be other once again."

The star hailed others who have fought the same battle "amazing warriors," and reassured them that they "can get though this."

"And with this I let go of the pain," she ended.

Others responded by sharing their own journeys on the post, with one woman revealing she was forced to undergo a hysteroctomy.

What are fibroids?

Fibroid tumours are non-cancerous growths that develop in the uterus.

They are made of muscle and fibrous tissue and most commonly develop during a female’s reproductive years, from approximately age 16 to 50.

It is not know exactly what sparks the growth of fibroids, but they are believed to be linked to the hormone oestrogen.

According to the NHS, one in three women will develop fibroids at some point in their life, many without even knowing it.

Those who do develop symptoms may experience heavier periods, abdominal pain, lower back pain, a frequent urge to urinate, constipation and pain during sex.

"I had a hysterectomy 2 years ago after years of suffering. It is not easy to deal with and I’m glad you are well. You are beautiful and amazing!" she wrote.

"Ten years ago I went through the same thing with the same number and size fibroids," added another.

"Life is much better after surgery – I am now pain free and have two amazing kids. I hope your life is better, too. Thank you for sharing this, hopefully it will help educate people about this painful and devastating condition. You’re brave and strong!"

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