Abby Lee Miller is on the road to recovery -- even though it might not feel like it.
The Dance Moms star took to Instagram on Friday to share a graphic new photo of the long incision across her back, after undergoing emergency surgery earlier this month. Miller underwent a five-hour multi-level laminectomy, which left her with an 18-inch incision. ET learned the reality star was preliminarily diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma one day after the surgery.
"This gives a whole new meaning to being stabbed in the back!" Miller captioned a pic displaying at least 18 surgical staples on her back, while a nurse gave a thumbs up to the camera.
**WARNING** The photo Miller shared is a little graphic.
Miller broke her silence after the surgery last week, sharing a photo of herself from her hospital bed. "So much gratitude and love for those who listened, those who looked deeper and those who leapt into action. So much more I wish I could say......about how quickly your life can change at the hands of others. Thanks for 🙏🏻❤️ #abbyleemiller #abbylee #aldc #aldcla #aldcalways #dancemoms #iwilldance," she captioned the pic.
Burkitt Lymphoma, which is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is a form of cancer that affects the lymphatic system and starts in antibody-producing B cells, which are part of the immune system.
Miller's orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Hooman Melamed, told ET last week that Miller's diagnosis was still pending a pathology report. “People who have been diagnosed with this have a good prognosis," he said. "We’ll know more details soon."
As for her back surgery, Dr. Melamed revealed that the outcome was "looking really good" but that Miller wasn't "out of the woods yet."
"She will need another surgery in her spine but she has a lot more movement in her arms, legs and toes," he explained. "Forget paralysis -- if she waited much longer she would’ve died from this."
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