Drs. Exclusive: Gloria Gaynor Survived Major Spine Surgery
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Gloria, who is accompanied by her spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed, is happy to share that she is doing "great" following her major health hurdle and feeling "so much better" now.
The singer reveals before the surgery she was unable to walk or stand up straight. A surgery 20 years prior, caused her to walk bent over. She says fans would ask her why she always appeared to be bent over while on stage. Her spine issues worsened over the years and something like a simple walk from her bedroom to the kitchen caused her excruciating pain.
Dr. Melamed explains that Gloria's prior spine surgery caused her to hunch and bend over and fused her spine into a forward position, which then led to further issues with other parts of her spine. In order to fix Gloria's spine, Dr. Melamed says he essentially had to break her spine and then realigned it. He then added spacers, rods, and screws during her 4-part surgery over the course of 2 days.
In the midst of the procedure, Gloria had to be admitted to the ICU as she was struggling to breathe, but after a few days, the singer began to recuperate and her surgery was successful.
Despite her numerous health hurdles, Gloria tells us she is now feeling great and sees her future as "bright and beautiful" and is excited for her new gospel album, "Testimony."