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Chris Evans to undergo surgery for kidney stones as he misses Virgin Radio show for second week

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Chris Evans will have an operation as an ultrasound procedure didn’t work for his kidney stones (Picture: WireImage)

Chris Evans will have to undergo surgery to treat his kidney stones, it has been confirmed. 

Listeners have been concerned about Chris’ absence from his Virgin Radio show this week as he was expected to return on Monday. 

It was revealed last week that the 54-year-old was taken to hospital and later diagnosed with kidney stones. 

Sam Pinkham, who is filling in for the DJ, has now explained why Chris has been absent for the second week running. 

During Tuesday’s breakfast show, the presenter explained: ‘Loads of messages coming in for Christof, which is always lovely to hear because obviously you’re as concerned for him as we are. 

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‘Just to let you know what happened, he was taken into hospital last weekend with kidney stones. He was off last week hoping that they would pass naturally. Whenever you tell people off air that Chris has got kidney stones, they all do the same thing and go: “Ooooooh”. 

‘Women have said that passing kidney stones can be more painful than childbirth. So poor, poor Chris.’ 

Chris Evans on red carpet
Chris ‘can’t wait’ to get back on air (Picture: Getty Images)

Sharing details of Chris’ surgery, Sam revealed: ‘Last Friday he had a procedure using ultrasound to try and break them up but that hasn’t worked. So he’s going to have an operation now – a minor operation – but still an operation to have them removed.’ 

Sam added that Chris said he ‘can’t wait to be back on air’. 

Chris had previously shared his painful experience with kidney stones and told The Sun last week: ‘After an ultrasound scan and CT scan, it was clear I had a kidney stone on the move. 

‘I was subsequently admitted to a ward where I was looked after until I came back home on Monday evening. I still have the stone, and if it doesn’t come out soon I will need to go back in and have it removed.’ 

Praising the healthcare he received, Chris said: ‘All the NHS doctors, nurses, porters and consultants were typically amazing, professional, warm, caring – all wrapped up in their usual blanket of selflessness and hilarity.’ 

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