Melissa Gilbert is celebrating after her recent spinal operation – the fourth – proved to be “insanely successful”
Sharing a photo from the hospital, the former A small house on the prairie The 56-year-old star updated fans on her Instagram status on Friday.
“The surgery was extremely successful!” She wrote. “Dr. Bray managed to remove all the old hardware, shave the bone spurs, causing a tingling sensation in my right arm and, and, and he managed to give me the artificial disc !!!”
Gilbert continued: “So now I’m focusing on recovering and keeping Kovid free. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers. I send so much love back to all of you. Happy Thanksgiving indeed !!! Love and love and love … MG #discsportandspine # artificial disk # grateful # blessed # loveiseverything “
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The actress revealed about her operations in a post last week, sharing that last year she learned that her third spinal fusion operation in 2016 had failed. In April, Gilbert’s doctor decided that another operation would be needed.
Although she only had about six months to operate, the coronavirus pandemic complicated things, so she “waited as long as possible.”
“Now I’ve reached the point where the pain is almost constant and the fingers of my right hand are starting to tingle,” Gilbert wrote last week, explaining why she scheduled the operation for last Thursday.
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Gilbert, who played Laura Ingals Wilder A small house on the prairie, then refers to the nickname of his former hero.
“I’m focusing my inner half-pint on this one,” she wrote. “One who believes that anything is possible. The one with courage and moxie for mercy !! Everyone to be safe, to be healthy, to be strong. And if you have an extra prayer or two, please send them my way. “
In 2016, Gilbert opened up to PEOPLE about her “long history” of neck and spine problems. Her surgery was necessary this year due to two disc herniations in her spine as a result of two head and neck injuries she suffered in 2012.
First, she suffered a blow and concussion after falling I dance with the stars in April and months later, the balcony of a house she rented in Studio City, California, collapsed over her head.
“I was standing under the back balcony talking to my children, he left the house and collapsed on my head,” she recalled at the time. “Eventually, I got a concussion and stitches in my head, and that compressed two strong discs in my neck.”