Abby Lee Miller reportedly nearly dies in emergency spinal surgery after drastic weight loss

Apr 21, 2018
09:53 A.M.
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AmoMama brings you the shocking details of Abby Lee Miller’s emergency treatment and surgery that almost lead her to die. The star, as reported by Pop Culture, is recovering well.


In the early hours of Tuesday, Abby Lee Miller underwent spinal surgery for an infection she had. The actress, according to Extra, had an infection in her spine that needed immediate attention. She was treated by Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed of Marina del Rey, who said that Miller had been complaining about back pain for a couple of weeks.

The doctor only discovered the infection during a recent MRI and had to operate immediately. Had the Dance Moms star not gone to the hospital when she did, said Melamed, she would have been paralyzed.


A week before this treatment, Miller had complained of pain which her weight loss doctor, Michael Russo, said was caused by hypothyroidism that she had kept at bay with medication. The doctor further revealed;

"Her hypothyroidism got so severe she had an assortment of symptoms. Most dramatic is severe muscle and bone pain in her back, shoulders, arms and legs. When Abby first went to the ER, she was almost unable to move [her] arms and legs and was having trouble getting out of bed. She had numbing and tingling in her hands and feet. She couldn't even hold a spoon in her hand. Hypothyroidism can give you severe muscle cramping, weakness and pain. You can have severe difficulty moving your arms and legs. If left untreated it's been reported people can become comatose. This is a serious medical concern."


However, Dr. Russo said that they had addressed the situation in time and so Miller was on her way to recovery. There was a little caution, though. "An additional consequence of being off the medication is that hypothyroidism can cause weight gain. This almost undid part of her gastric sleeve surgery and caused her to gain a bit of weight back. But she is back on track and getting back to where she was in January."

Miller is serving time in a half-way house after being released from prison on March 27 for fraud when filing for bankruptcy.

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