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Chris Evans thought kidney stones were ‘trapped wind’ at first as he opens up on recovering from surgery

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Chris Evans thought kidney stones were ‘trapped wind’ (Picture: WireImage)

Chris Evans has revealed he thought he was suffering from an extreme case of ‘trapped wind’, only to find out he had kidney stones that needed to be surgically removed.

The presenter, 54, returned to host his Virgin Radio show after a two-week absence and opened up on his recovery, as he was joined by his urologist Dr Jeetesh Bhardwa.

Chris had three kidney stones surgically removed and joked that he was forced to wear ‘grown-up’ nappies as part of his recovery.

‘I have to say it’s not a look, but it’s a great vibe. I was going to keep a pair on for today and just pretended that I still needed them but I thought that would be very bad karma because I don’t need them anymore,’ he teased.

‘It it’s been a bit of a journey, let me tell you,’ Chris said, as he recalled how he ended up in hospital.

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The former Top Gear presenter ended up in A&E at two o’clock in the morning, after experiencing what he described as ‘man pain’.

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Chris credited his wife and the NHS for looking after him (Picture: Getty)

‘I thought I had trapped wind,’ he confessed, as he explained: ‘They kept me in for a couple of nights straight away, I got a CT scan. After I arrived, they knew what it was straight away or what they were… [but] the kidney stones are no more.’

‘All three of them have been comprehensively annihilated,’ Chris confirmed.

He told listeners that he’d spent bed rest binge-watching TV and spending time with his kids, as he credited his wife Natasha Shishmanian for being the ‘greatest wife in the world’.

‘I’m so grateful to have won the wife lottery,’ he gushed. ‘I can now confirm I do have the greatest wife in the world. You may think you do, but you’re wrong.’

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Chris showed off his 12 inch stent on Instagram (Picture: Instagram)

Chris and Natasha are parents to sons Noah and Eli and twins Boo and Walt. He is also dad to daughter Jade from a previous relationship.

The radio host’s urologist stressed that kidney stones are ‘not to be taken lightly’, as he told Chris: ‘You had your kidney and liver impaired because of the stool blocking the kidney. You had an infection. You had a stent inside… you had surgery.’

Chris was seen showing off the 12-inch stent – used for kidney stones to help drain urine from the kidney into the bladder – he needed on Virgin Radio UK’s Instagram story.

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Dr Bhardwa continued: ‘You had a big onslaught, kidney stones are not to be taken lightly… it’s the smaller stones that come down the ureter and declare themselves that are painful – and it’s the worst pain known to man.’

Chris Evans and wife Natasha outside Virgin Radio
Chris credited his wife and the NHS for looking after him (Picture: Getty)

‘Sometimes the stones just stay in the kidney and they slowly grow for like a decade sometimes or some in five years. I have some patients waiting to have major surgery and their stool is like five centimetres, yours was 5mm. So you can just imagine the damage that’s doing for the kidney.’

Sam Pinkham had stepped in to take over Chris’ radio show during his absence and confirmed at the time: ‘Loads of messages coming in for Christof, which is always lovely to hear because obviously you’re as concerned for him as we are. 

‘Just to let you know what happened, he was taken into hospital last weekend with kidney stones… Women have said that passing kidney stones can be more painful than childbirth. So poor, poor Chris.’ 

Chris has since praised the NHS staff that looked after him through his ordeal, describing the doctors, nurses and consultants as ‘typically amazing, professional, warm, [and] caring – all wrapped up in their usual blanket of selflessness and hilarity’.

The Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast show with Sky airs weekdays from 6.30am

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