Melissa Gilbert is celebrating after her recent spinal cord surgery – her fourth – proved to be “wildly successful”.
Sharing a photo from the hospital, the former Small house on the prairie star, 56, updated fans about her condition on Instagram Friday.
“Surgery was wildly successful!” she wrote. “Dr. Bray was able to remove all the old hardware, shave bone spores that cause numbness in my right hand, and, and, and he was able to give me the artificial slice !!!”
Gilbert continued, “So now I focus on recovery and stay Covid free. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers. I send so much love back to you all. Congratulations on Thanksgiving! Love and love and love … MG #discsportandspine # artificial disc # grateful #blessed #loveverything ”
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The actress opened up about her surgeries in a post last week and shared that she learned last year that her third spinal fusion surgery in 2016 had failed. Gilbert’s doctor determined in April that another operation would be necessary.
Although she only had about six months to complete the operation, the coronavirus pandemic complicated things so she “waited as long as possible.”
“I have now reached the point where the pain is almost constant and the fingers of my right hand are starting to spin,” Gilbert wrote last week, explaining why she planned the operation until last Thursday.
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Gilbert, who played the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder it Small house on the prairie, then referred to the nickname of her previous character.
“I channel my inner Halfpint to this one,” she wrote. “He who believes everything is possible. The one with courage and moxie to spare !! Everyone stays safe, stays healthy, stays strong. And if you have an extra prayer or two, send them my way. ”
In 2016, Gilbert opened up to PEOPLE about his “long history” of neck and spine problems. Her surgery that year was necessary due to two herniated discs in her spine as a result of two injuries to her head and neck that she sustained in 2012.
At first, she suffered whiplash and concussion after a fall 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, and it was torn from the house, and it collapsed on my head,” she recalled. “I ended up with a concussion and stitches in my head, and it compressed two healthy slices in my neck.”