Women should trust their gut on health: TV star
Model Rachael Finch has urged women to trust their instincts when it comes to their health after her burst breast implant went undetected by doctors for two years.
The former Miss Universe Australia had surgery on Friday to remove both her breast implants, which Finch described as being "a part of (her) for pretty much all (her) adult life" after she got them when she was 17.
From her bed at a private hospital on the Gold Coast, Finch reassured friends and fans that the operation went well and that she was under the care of medical staff as well as husband Michael Mizner.
"Just woke up from surgery. Feeling groggy, tired and in pain but feeling overall good," Finch said. "Thank you so much for all your loving, supportive messages, it means so much."
The 32-year-old added that her procedure had been an initial success, with doctors and nurses telling her it had been "amazing".
Taking to social media on Friday morning, the model said she was "excited and … also shaking with fear" in the lead-up to the surgery, which followed the revelation one of the implants has been ruptured for some time.
"Two years ago I woke up and noticed one was a little different to the other. I immediately went in for an MRI which the doctor told me I had a capsular contracture in my left breast.
"I was told it was fine, common and nothing needed to be done urgently," she shared with her Instagram followers.
But the discomfort graduated to pain and other symptoms, which she did not associate with her implants at the time.
After being "in and out of clinics for months" she was told last week that an implant had ruptured, "meaning there's a hole with its contents leaking out.
These results were actually on the original MRI I had two years ago but were read wrong to me," she wrote.
Finch implored her followers to "listen to your instincts" whenever it comes to your body and to trust yourself if you feel "something is not right".
"We won't know until after the operation just how much damage has been done," she said. "Please, if you ever feel something is not right with your body, listen to your instinct, and don't stop searching. "
Originally published as Women should trust their gut on health: Finch