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Matthew Perry hospitalised for months after surgery

16 September 2018

Fans lit up social media with messages of support for the ailing actor, whose surgery was to fix a hole in his gastrointestinal tract.

The 49-year-old actor was fairly circumspect about his stay at a Los Angeles medical centre, simply saying "three months in a hospital bed, check" in a recent Tweet.

"Three months in a hospital bed".

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Matthew Perry has secretly spent the past three months in hospital following emergency surgery on his bowel after it ruptured.

"The best thing about me is that if an alcoholic come up to me and says 'Can you help me stop drinking?' I can say yes", He shared in 2015 with The Hollywood Reporter. "We love you man - you have that special way of bringing the laughs & the world needs you!" one fan wrote.

The former Friends star took to Twitter on Friday to reveal more about his recovery from a recent surgery, one month after his rep confirmed he underwent a procedure in a Los Angeles hospital to fix a gastrointestinal perforation. Glad you've chose to update us", and: "I am so glad to see your tweet! Seriously, though, I have been looking for news about you for a while and haven't seen anything. "He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heels", it read. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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A punctured bowel - or gastrointestinal perforation - can occur in the wall of the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach, small intestine and large intestine.

Perry has been open with his substance abuse - including a previous Vicodin addiction and alcohol - in the past and has since began using his voice to encourage others get treatment.

Matthew found fame back in the 1990s while starring as Chandler in the classic United States sitcom.

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Over time, Matthew worked hard towards sobriety and now owns his own sober-living facility named Perry House.

Matthew Perry hospitalised for months after surgery