Melissa Gilbert was all smiles on Friday as she celebrated her ‘very successful’ spine surgery.
The Little House On The Prairie star, 56, beamed in a photo posted to her Instagram that showed her recovering in her hospital gown.
The actress had endured decades of severe back and neck pain, but tried to delay surgery as long as possible to reduce her risk of exposure to the coronavirus.
Success! Melissa Gilbert, 56, said her fourth spine surgery was “ very successful ” in an Instagram photo of her recovery on Friday. She suffered years of back and neck pain
“The surgery was a huge success! Gilbert sprang into his legend.
“Dr. Bray was able to remove all the old material, shave off the bone spurs causing numbness in my right hand and, and, and, he was able to give me the artificial disc !!! she added breathlessly.
“ So now I am focusing on recovery and I remain Covid free. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers. I send you back so much love. Happy Thanksgiving indeed !!! Love and love and love … MG ‘
The former president of the Screen Actors Guild revealed earlier this week that she flew from New York to California to have her fourth spine surgery in a detailed Instagram post about her “ almost constant ” pain.
The 56-year-old Little House On The Prairie star had her first neck fusion in 2001, a second when she fractured her back nine years later, and again in 2016.
Writing about her latest operation, the actress explained that the “ fusion failed ” and the material was making a hole in her C7 vertebra.
Pushing Through: Gilbert this week as she flew from New York to California to have her fourth spine surgery in an Instagram post about her “almost constant” pain; photographed in 2017
Major job: the actress successfully inserted an artificial disc into her spine, and bone spurs causing numbness in one of her hands were removed; shown in 2017
During a consultation with Dr Robert S. Bray in April, she was told she needed surgery “ for an artificial disc instead of a fusion ”, which would save her from have to “ do more fusions in the spine ” in the future.
“The problem was, I was about six months old. Double take, hello COVID-19, ” she wrote. “So I 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 tingle.
Gilbert explained: “ So we have scheduled my operation for this Thursday. Yet another catch, Dr Bray is in California, so this morning I’m flying over there and yet another catch, COVID-19 is worse than ever.
Staying safe: During her cross-country flight, Gilbert said she wore a ‘mask, goggles, gloves, shield’ and ‘Clorox wiped all surfaces’
During her cross-country flight, the mother-of-two said she wore a ‘mask, goggles, gloves, shield’ and ‘Clorox wiped all surfaces’.
Although she is not sure if her surgeon will be able to give her the disc or if he will have to have her neck fused again, not getting coronavirus is her top priority.
“My only job now is to stay safe from this horrible virus so that I can have an operation,” she noted.
Safety first: ‘My only job now is to stay safe from this horrible virus so that I can have surgery,’ she wrote
His trip to Southern California encountered a brief problem after his plane was hijacked to Tulsa, Oklahoma due to a faulty fuel gauge.
“ A little noise and a stick of fuel later … I’m not kidding, measured with a stick-shaped thing, we’re back on our way to SoCal, ” she captioned its second update on Monday.
The next morning, she shared a photo of her stunning view of Newport Beach, which overlooked a dock full of boats as the sunset reflected off the sparkling water.
Putting her health first: in recent years, she has also spoken of removing her breast implants and “no longer making fillers or Botox”; seen in january
Over the past several years, she has been open to the idea of removing her breast implants and “ not doing fillers or Botox anymore. ”
“ I am grateful to my body for resisting some major health issues and serious injuries. Right now I’m physically painless and relatively healthy and strong, ” she told First For Women.
The former child actress is married to Timothy Busfield and a mother to son Dakota, 31, whom she shares with ex-husband Bo Brinkman and son Michael, 25, from her first marriage to Bruce Boxleitner.
Child star: She played Laura Ingalls Wilder (left), Charles Ingalls’ second eldest daughter in the NBC series Little House On The Prairie from 1974 to 1984; on the right is Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls