Melissa Gilbert Shares Health Update After 'Wildly Successful' Spinal Surgery

Melissa Gilbert celebrates after her most recent spine surgery - her fourth - proves to be "hugely successful".
The former Little House on the Prairie star, 56, shared a photo from the hospital and shared her condition with fans on Instagram on Friday.
"The operation was incredibly successful!" She wrote. "Dr. Bray was able to remove all the old hardware, remove bone spurs, which caused numbness in my right hand, and, and, and he was able to give me the artificial disc !!!"
Gilbert continued, “Now I'm focusing on recovering and staying Covid free. Thank you 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 disc # grateful # blessed #loveiseverything ”
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The actress reported on her surgeries in a post last week, saying that she learned last year that her third spinal fusion surgery had failed in 2016. Gilbert's doctor decided in April that another operation would be necessary.
Although she only had about six months to perform the operation, the coronavirus pandemic complicated things so she "waited as long as possible".
"I've now reached the point where the pain is almost constant and the fingers on my right hand are starting to tingle," Gilbert wrote last week, explaining why she had planned the operation this past Thursday.
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Gilbert, who played the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little House on the Prairie, then referred to her previous character's nickname.
"I channel my inner half-pint for this," she wrote. “The one who believes that anything is possible. To spare with courage and moxie !! Everyone stays safe, stays healthy, stays strong. And if you have an extra prayer or two please send them to me. "
In 2016, Gilbert opened PEOPLE Information about her "long history" with neck and spine problems. Her surgery that year was necessary because of two herniated discs in her spine from two head and neck injuries that she sustained in 2012.
She first suffered whiplash and concussion after falling on Dancing with the Stars in April, and months later, the balcony of a house she rented in Studio City, California collapsed over her head.
“I stood under the back balcony and talked to my children. It broke away from the house and collapsed on my head, ”she recalled at the time. "In the end, I had a concussion and stitches in the head that compressed two healthy intervertebral discs in the neck."

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