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Rosie O'Donnell reveals her gastric sleeve surgery during Go Red for Women event

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No bones about it: Rosie O'Donnell is among the nation's larger celebrities.

The comedian, actress and former talk show host would admit that herself, but on Friday she revealed she has taken what some may consider extreme measures to lose weight.

According to Detroit's Fox 2, O'Donnell announced she underwent vertical gastric sleeve surgery at a Valentine's Day Go Red for Women luncheon as part of American Heart Month. The event was sponsored by the American Heart Surgery Association in the Motor City.

The announcement came one week after O'Donnell returned to "The View" as a guest following her seven-year absence.

Since having the procedure in July, O'Donnell says she has lost 40 pounds and is now down to 190 pounds. The surgery reduces stomach size by 25 percent and limits the amount of food a stomach can hold. She had reportedly tried other weight-loss measures without success.

O'Donnell, who had a heart attack in 2012, said, "I did it to save my life." She also suffered from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was pre-diabetic.

The 51-year-old has also turned to a healthier lifestyle, which involved reducing her intake of red meat, carbohydrates and sugar. She has also increased her exercise by taking daily short walks with wife, Michelle Rounds.

The Mayo Clinic says that gastric bypass is one of the most common types of bariatric surgery in the United States. Many surgeons prefer gastric bypass surgery because it generally has fewer complications than other weight-loss surgeries.



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