Eamonn Holmes on This Morning

Sky News host and This Morning co-presenter Eamonn Holmes has talked about his forthcoming double hip operation.

It was an emotional day for Holmes as he received well wishes from viewers and celebrity friends ahead of his double hip operation on ITV’s This Morning earlier.

“It’s more au revoir than goodbye for a little while as I’m going to be rebuilt… they are taking out both of my hips and giving me new ones. I’ve put it off for too long …and for me, I think it’ll be a new lease of life.” – Eamonn Holmes

Wife and co-host Ruth Langsford said, “I had a cry the other night because I was so worried about you.”

Speaking with the surgeon who will carry out the operation, Sarah Muirhead-Allwood explained the procedure. She said, “Hip replacements these days have got much much better with longevity – 97% will last ten years, 90% plus will still be good at 20 years, and 30 years will be around 70%. Looking at your x-rays, you have bone on bone rubbing and at that point people have a lot of pain and begin to lose function. And if you look at Eamonn, you’ll see that he stoops forward and the reason he does that is because he can no longer actually extend his hip and he can’t get his [hip] straight.”

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She added, “We will take away the whole of the [rounded] femur head, replacing with a hip joint and remould the socket and into that we put a cup in with cement or without cement – in the modern day we do without cement – and the material inside the socket is variable, a lot of it’s plastic, but in younger patients [and what Eamonn will have] you’ll get a ceramic material [socket]. And if we do both together the total recovery time is maybe one day more in hospital, and for people that have got to have both done, it’s much preferable for patients.”

“When I look at work schedules and work that I’ve had to turn down – documentary series outside – it’s OK when you’re sitting on the This Morning sofa, but when you’re outside filming or whatever, I just thought I want to get off the conveyor belt or whatever for as short a space as possible and then back on, all done in one go. But a lot of this will depend on me doing my exercises.” – Eamonn Holmes

During the item, a recovery nurse Tonya Kloppers also explained how Eamonn – and Ruth – could help. She said, “It’s important to plan ahead for when you come back home, so you can plan your equipment in the home and what you need to have around the home. It’s the height of things that’s important. The essentials are the toilet seat needs to be raised, the bed needs to be raised, your chair needs to be raised.”

She added, “And physio starts on the same day that you have your operation or very early the next morning, and it’s probably twice a day… and when you go home it’s a five minute walk twice a day to begin with, then a ten minute walk twice a day, and then your activities of daily living – going to the shower, to the bathroom – all those things count.”

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Cheeky Eamonn said, “And is it important that all your family should be very nice to you and spoil you?” Tonya replied, “They should! They should treat you very special I think!” Ruth confessed that she had already bought him a little bell for Christmas that he can ring and she will assist him! Eamonn said, “I was practising over Christmas and she didn’t like it!”

As part of a surprise for Eamonn, he was treated to continuous well wishes from viewers, and also celebrity friend Sir Alex Ferguson, who said, “Hi Eamonn, I believe you’re going in for the big op on your hips. Well you know I got mine done two and a half years ago, and I’m now in great condition. I did all my exercises, listened to the doctors and physios and if you do that you’ll be back one hundred percent back on the couch mooching with Ruth! So good luck, talk soon.”

Smiling, the self-confessed Manchester United fanatic, Eamonn replied, “Thank you boss! And the most impressive thing about the boss is that he was once sitting behind me at Old Trafford and he came along the row and he literally after the operation lifted his leg up and climbed over the seat and sat down and I thought ‘well, there’s my inspiration’…”

Eamonn hugged all the guests at the end of the item, and Ruth expressed her relief after listening to all the information. She said, “I feel much better myself actually having talked to all of you, so thank you.”

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Pictured Top; Eamonn on This Morning, Pictured Middle Top: Ruth and Eamonn on This Morning, Pictured Middle Bottom: GMTV days Lorraine Kelly and Eamonn Holmes and Pictured Bottom: early days Eamonn on UTV, the ITV service for Northern Ireland.

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