Denise Van Outen reveals doctors removed her VOICE BOX to access her spine during surgery

Denise Van Outen detailed how doctors removed her voice box in a bid to access her spine during surgery following her horror fall on Strictly Come Dancing.

Speaking on Thursday’s Lorraine about her life amid the release of autobiography A Bit Of Me, the presenter, 47, went on to detail the gruesome procedure as surgeons worked on her spine.

The star competed in the 2012 series of Strictly and was partnered with professional dancer James Jordan, 43, with Denise stating she was accidentally dropped on her head during a rehearsal.

Gruesome: Denise Van Outen detailed how doctors removed her voice box in a bid to access her spine during surgery following her horror fall on Strictly Come Dancing

Host Lorraine Kelly, 62, was left wincing as she revealed she didn’t realize Denise’s injury was so ‘horrific’, adding that it must’ve been ‘awful’.

She said: ‘The operation they had to do on your back – they had to go in through your throat in order to get to your spine. It was awful. ‘

Denise then explained: ‘I did have a fall and I was dropped on my head and my neck went.

‘I slipped three discs in my spinal cord and I did the final of Strictly Come Dancing with steroid injections. I don’t know how I got through it. ‘

Injury: The star competed in the 2012 series of Strictly and was partnered with professional dancer James Jordan, 43, (pictured together) with Denise stating she was accidentally dropped on her head during a rehearsal

Injury: The star competed in the 2012 series of Strictly and was partnered with professional dancer James Jordan, 43, (pictured together) with Denise stating she was accidentally dropped on her head during a rehearsal

Speaking further about the operation, she continued: ‘I had major surgery and they had to take my voice box out. They were worried I would never be able to sing again, because you can get hoarse voice after an operation like that. ‘

The TOWIE natator when on to share her reasons for not previously speaking publicly about the operation.

She said: ‘The rehabilitation was quite a long time, but I kept it very private just because as much as I’m out there and I talk about things, there are some things in my life that I do like to keep private.

Chat: Speaking on Thursday's Lorraine about her life amid the release of autobiography A Bit Of Me, the presenter, 47, went on to detail the gruesome procedure as surgeons worked on her spine

Chat: Speaking on Thursday’s Lorraine about her life amid the release of autobiography A Bit Of Me, the presenter, 47, went on to detail the gruesome procedure as surgeons worked on her spine

‘I wasn’t looking for public sympathy, I just wanted to heal on my own.’

She went on to add: ‘I’m fine now. I’ve got a small scar on my neck, so I get asked quite a lot on TV what the scar is from. ‘

Despite her injury at the time, Denise went on to compete in the finals of Strictly, with her and James finishing as runners up alongside Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev, with Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace going on to win the 2012 series.

Shock: Host Lorraine Kelly, 62, was left wincing as she revealed she didn't realize Denise's injury was so 'horrific', adding that it must've been 'awful'

Shock: Host Lorraine Kelly, 62, was left wincing as she revealed she didn’t realize Denise’s injury was so ‘horrific’, adding that it must’ve been ‘awful’

Surgery: I had major surgery and they had to take my voice box out.  They were worried I would never be able to sing again, because you can get hoarse voice after an operation like that '

Surgery: I had major surgery and they had to take my voice box out. They were worried I would never be able to sing again, because you can get hoarse voice after an operation like that ‘

This isn’t the only competition show Denise obtained an injury as last year she was forced to quit Dancing On Ice early after fracturing her shoulder during training.

At the time, the entertainer shared an Instagram statement telling fans she’d withdrawn the show after being told by doctors the injury would leave her severely limited in training.

In the post, Denise explained that doctors discovered she had three bone fractures in her shoulder which meant she’d be unable to perform any lifts or solo skating.

Reasons: 'I kept it very private just because as much as I'm out there and I talk about things, there are some things in my life that I do like to keep private'

Reasons: ‘I kept it very private just because as much as I’m out there and I talk about things, there are some things in my life that I do like to keep private’

Good job: Despite her injury at the time, Denise went on to compete in the finals of Strictly, with her and James finishing as runners up alongside Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev

Good job: Despite her injury at the time, Denise went on to compete in the finals of Strictly, with her and James finishing as runners up alongside Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev

Meanwhile, in the same Lorraine interview, Denise admitted she ‘wasn’t in a great place’ after discovering her long-term partner Eddie Boxshall cheated on her for three years.

The actress split from Eddie, 48, in January after seven years together, and admitted to the host that she struggled to ‘accept’ that this would be her new future.

Despite her heartache, Denise insisted there are ‘no hard feelings’ and that’s she managed to move forward.

Can't carry on!  This isn't the only competition show Denise obtained an injury as last year she was forced to quit Dancing On Ice early after fracturing her shoulder during training

Can’t carry on! This isn’t the only competition show Denise obtained an injury as last year she was forced to quit Dancing On Ice early after fracturing her shoulder during training

‘These things happen. I’m not the first person it’s happened to and I won’t be the last, sadly. But it’s life, isn’t it, Lorraine?

‘You just have to get on with it and there are no hard feelings on my side. It’s happened and you just accept it. I can’t change what’s happened. ‘

Denise recently revealed she caught Eddie flirting sexually with three women and described his behavior as ‘disrespectful and devastatingly hurtful’.

Heartbroken: In the same Lorraine interview, Denise admitted she 'wasn't in a great place' after discovering her long-term partner Eddie Boxshall cheated on her for three years

Heartbroken: In the same Lorraine interview, Denise admitted she ‘wasn’t in a great place’ after discovering her long-term partner Eddie Boxshall cheated on her for three years

It's over: The actress split from Eddie, 48, in January after seven years together, and admitted that she struggled to 'accept' that this would be her new future (pictured in 2015)

It’s over: The actress split from Eddie, 48, in January after seven years together, and admitted that she struggled to ‘accept’ that this would be her new future (pictured in 2015)

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