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Sir Tom Jones opens up about hip replacement surgery after appearing with walking stick at The Voice launch

Mirror logo Mirror 18/10/2017 Mark Jefferies
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Singer Tom Jones has spoken for the first time about having a hip replacement – admitting he limped through live performances before a scan showed he needed surgery.

The 77-year-old is back filming The Voice in Salford and insists the ITV show was something to look forward to during the weeks of physio and is acting as “rehab”.

Explaining why he went under the knife, Tom said: “I did a summer tour all over Europe and I was gradually seeing physiotherapists in different countries and they were stretching me out.

“Years ago my sciatic nerve was giving me trouble in my hip and it felt like the same thing. It was a pain you couldn’t get rid of, like a dull ache. I thought it was that.

“So the physiotherapists I was seeing over the summer were all working on it. I was feeling OK, but they said I needed to get it scanned to see what’s going on. I said I would once I got back to London. I didn’t miss a show because I was leaning more on my right leg. It was getting on and off the stage that was giving me trouble. You can’t limp onto the stage, you have to try and make an entrance.

“So I knew I had to do something about it. I got back to London and my surgeon said the cartilage is gone in my left hip, the bones are just crunching together.”

Referring to the operation he added: “I’m doing alright, it’s been a month now so I’m doing better each day. You have to keep walking, just two days afterwards and you’re up walking, in the pool. I was at the London Clinic and they’ve got a rehab facility there.

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“I was in the pool everyday, on the bike, they’ve got all the gear there. I was in for three weeks but it was mainly to do with the physic than anything else because once the operation is done, they just keep a check on you to make sure it doesn’t get infected. You take pills to make sure of that.

“When you’re stuck in hospital and not feeling good after an operation, you need something and the Voice is perfect for that because it’s not like going back to a full blown tour, travelling and all that business.

“I’m coping great, all I need to do is get up and stretch it a little bit. Walking these corridors is like rehab, there’s a lot of them here. There’s a long walk from the dressing room to the stage, it’s good. It’s a new hip, it’s bionic, it’s like starting again.”

Tom is joined on the show again by Will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson with former X Factor contestant Olly Murs the new judge.

Olly, 33, admitted he hadn’t told former mentor Cowell he was joining the rival show.

He said: “I haven’t spoken to Simon. He hasn’t contacted me. Listen, if he wants to contact me and speak to me, he knows where I am. I don’t believe in rivalries. It’s nothing to me.

“Simon will be watching because we’ve got stars on this show. Fact.”

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