Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter Briana Culberson underwent surgery this week after experiencing complications with lupus, her husband, Ryan Culberson, shared on Instagram Monday, April 2.
“Her lupus is causing inflammation around her heart and is causing it to go in and out of irregular heart rhythms now requiring her to have a cardiac ablation,” Ryan captioned a photo of Briana in the hospital.
A cardiac ablation is a procedure used to correct heart rhythm problems, or arrhythmias, by scarring or destroying tissue in the heart that’s causing them. The procedure is usually done with catheters, but it can also be done through open-heart surgery.
Ryan also asked fans for their support during this difficult time for Briana. “Please keep my wife in your thoughts and prayers!” he said on Instagram.
Briana was diagnosed with lupus in 2016 and has shared her health challenges with fans of The Real Housewives of Orange County over the years. She has undergone surgery on her thyroid, her leg, her neck, and has had enlarged lymph nodes removed.
Briana and Ryan moved to North Carolina last November and Vicki recently visited Briana and her family in their new home in March.
Vicki shared an update on Briana’s status after her surgery in a post on Instagram Thursday. “Thank you everyone asking about Briana,” Vicki wrote. “She is at her home in NC resting with Ryan and the boys [sons Troy and Owen]. You are all so sweet. #LoveMyDaughter #LupusStinks.”
Ryan shared a similar message and thanked his followers for their support.