Denise Richards recovering from emergency hernia surgery

Actress-turned-reality TV star Denise Richards has urged fans to "listen" to their bodies after having to undergo emergency surgery to repair four hernias.

"My hubby posted this & I need to actually thank him for taking such great care of me," the 48-year-old explained in a post on Instagram, along with a snapshot of her smiling that was first shared by her husband, Aaron Phypers.

"This was a couple months ago & turned out to be a good lesson for me to always listen to my body," the mother of three added. "Being a mom, wife, & having a career sometimes it's easier to just be strong and power through, I thought the pain & my other symptoms would just go away."

Richards continued, while explaining that the pain didn't go away and in fact instead "got a lot worse."

"I'm so grateful to @herniadoc & her fabulous team," the Starship Troopers star wrote. "I thought I had one femoral hernia, I actually had 2 femoral & 2 inguinal. And I waited way too long & didn't even tell my husband how bad I was feeling (I know it was stupid) ... gotta always listen to our bodies & take care of ourselves."

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1996

Denise attends the “Romeo and Juliet” premiere in L.A.

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1997

Denise looks elegant at the “Starship Troopers” L.A. Premiere, in a sleek fitted gown.

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1998

Denise wears a black pinstripe dress with fur trim on her jacket to the premiere of her movie “Wild Things.”

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1999

We aren’t huge fans of the clunky shoe, but we know they were in style in the 90’s! Denise attends the premiere for “The Mod Squad” and keeps the outfit simple.

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2002

We love this patterned jacket Denise wore with this classic dress to the “Empire” Premiere.

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2003

Denise wore this short red dress to celebrate Giorgio Armani receiving the first “Rodeo Drive Walk of Style” Award.

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2006

Richards during Conde Nast Media Group’s kick off of fall Fashion Week in New York.

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2006

We’re not positive what’s going on with Denise’s hair here, but we like the simple black dress!

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2007

Denise attends the premiere of “Ratatouille” with the best kind of accessory: her daughter!

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2007

Richards attends the launch of Dr. Rey’s Shapewear in this body-hugging dress.

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2009

Denise wears her blonde locks straight with this scalloped dress to an Afternoon Tea in honor of Nancy O’Dell’s recently published book.

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2010

Attending New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week is a regular occurance for Richards, here pictured in a black dress at Alice + Olivia.

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2010

It’s rare to see Denise with her hair up, but we love it! She looks flirty and fun at Spike TV’s 2010 Video Game Awards.

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2011

Denise poses on the set of “30 Rock.”

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2012

This lady loves her sequins, and makes them elegant.  With the loose updo and pop of red in her shoes, we think this look on Denise was stunning.

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2012

Denise is lovely in midnight sparkles, but what we’re obsessed with is her hair here – we love the curls pulled to the side!

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2004

Denise looked sweet in this nautical-looking dress with flowy waves at Olympus Fashion Week.

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2006

Richards during Conde Nast Media Group

2006

We

2007

Denise wore this black dress with gold embellishments to a General Motors event.

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2007

Denise attends the premiere of

2007

Richards attends the launch of Dr. Rey

2008

Denise is boho-chic at the A Time For Heroes Celebrity Carnival to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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2009

Denise wears her blonde locks straight with this scalloped dress to an Afternoon Tea in honor of Nancy O

2009

Denise wears a bright pop of blue with a leather jacket as she leaves the Fuse studios in New York.

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2009

Denise looks beach and casual at the launch of New Disney and Muppet Myzos in Santa Monica.

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2010

Richards rocks a sparkly purple dress to New York Fashion Week (with much darker hair!).

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2010

Attending New York

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2011

Richards looks glamorous, spotted in New York City leaving the Today Show.

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2011

Denise poses on the set of

2012

This lady loves her sequins, and makes them elegant.

2012

Denise is lovely in midnight sparkles, but what we

2012

The white dress with bright shoes look beautiful with her hair returned to its natural blonde hue.

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Inguinal hernias create an opening in the abdomen, through which a portion of the intestine can push through. Femoral hernias are similar but located closer to the groin.

Phypers and Richards married in September 2018 after dating for one year. Prior to this, Phypers was married to "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan, while Richards was married to Charlie Sheen from 2002 to 2006. They share two children and Richards adopted her third in 2011.

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