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Saira Khan has had her ankle put in a cast which she'll have to wear for three weeks after she underwent an operation.

The former Loose Women panelist, 50, broke her ankle six weeks ago and this week surgeons inserted two metal pins and a plate with a bone graft into her foot.

She shared a picture of herself from her hospital bed following the surgery, and it appeared to have gone well judging by the huge grin on her face.

"Ankle surgery complete today," she told her followers. "2 metal pins and a plate with bone graft. Will be wearing a cast for 3 weeks.

Saira Khan has had her ankle put in a cast which she'll have to wear for three weeks after she underwent an operation
(Image: iamsairakhan/Instagram)

She posted a video of her cast being put on
(Image: iamsairakhan/Instagram)

"Thank you to the medical profession, from the receptionist, nurses, doctors, surgeon, porters, anaesthetist, cleaners, catering staff and everyone else who keep our hospitals open and going during such difficult times.

"I woke up to 3 custard creams and a cup of tea. I may stay in a bit longer as I hear Chocolate Bourbons are coming tomorrow.

"Thank you for the well wishes. I'm doing great. Really do love you guys, so caring and kind. Makes a huge difference when people send you love."

She had two metal pins and a plate with a bone graft put into her foot
(Image: iamsairakhan/Instagram)

She later shared a graphic video of the cast being put on.

Saira captioned the post: "If you are screamish and don't like blood – please look away now. Just getting ready for my cast.

"Check out that scar!!

Saira's now recovering at home
(Image: iamsairakhan/Instagram)

Then on Wednesday Saira shared a picture of herself with her foot up at home as she cuddled her dog.

Her daughter Amara played with her crutches while her son Zach leaned in to stroke the pooch.

"Home," Saira said in the caption, alongside a praying emoji.

Saira recently quit Loose Women
(Image: ITV)

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It comes after Saira quit Loose Women weeks after the departure of anchor Andrea McLean.

She wrote in her column for The Mirror, the pandemic "certainly made me assess my priorities, values and how I want to move forward with my life."

The mum-of-two suggested that ITV replace her with a "gay, transgender or non-binary person" so the show can be "more reflective of the world we live in".