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Dr. Hooman Melamed revealed to People Magazine that “Dance Moms” TV star Abby Lee Miller was experiencing “excruciating neck pain” and weakness in her arm. She suffered from an extremely unusual spinal infection that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Dr. Melamed performed emergency spine surgery on the reality TV star, who is slowly regaining feeling in her extremities and on the road to recovery. Click below to see different news sources’ coverage of the surgery!


Hooman M. Melamed, MD, of Marina del Rey, Calif.-based DISC Sports and Spine Center, updated his preliminary diagnosis for former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller from a spinal infection to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


One day after undergoing emergency surgery for what was initially thought to be a spinal infection, Abby Lee Miller has been preliminarily diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, PEOPLE confirms.


Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon who treated Miller, tells PEOPLE the former Dance Moms star went into the emergency room after she experienced “excruciating neck pain” and weakness in her arm.


Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed of Marina del Rey treated the “Dance Moms” star after she had been complaining of back pain for a couple of weeks. She also had troubling symptoms, like no feeling in her hands and legs.


Several months and two back surgeries later, Abby Lee Miller is showing off the healing progress she’s made. Over the weekend, the Dance Moms star updated her followers on her recovery process, sharing a photo on Instagram of the scars and stitches from her recent operations.


At the Daytona Supercross in March, privateer Jimmy Albertson sustained a number of injuries during a crash in qualifying. Following meetings with a specialist in Oklahoma City, Albertson was referred to Dr. Hooman M. Melamed of DISC Sports and Spine Center in California, with special thanks to Jeremy Malot of Red Bull.


Opioid addiction commonly begins in the doctor’s office, when physicians write prescriptions for patients, recent reports suggest. Patients predisposed to addiction do not know they’re more at risk until it’s too late. Henriquez’s doctor, orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed, is one of about 300 doctors offering the Proove test in the United States.


For the past few years, Dr. Melamed has spent time traveling to impoverished countries around the world to treat children with scoliosis, including time in Haiti after the earthquake in early 2010. He also volunteers his services with International Humanitarian Aid Foundation, where he works with orphans in Haiti.


“Eighty percent of the population will have back problems at some point in [their] lives oftentimes caused or aggravated by the way they sleep,” Dr. Hooman Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at the DISC Sports & Spine Center in Los Angeles, Calif., featured on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and The Steve Harvey Show, told Medical Daily in an email.


Most of the patients Hooman Melamed treats at his Marina del Rey spine clinic can afford to pay for surgeries and treatments out of their own pockets. But the orthopedic surgeon saw people at the opposite end of the spectrum during a trip to Colombia, where he spent a week performing surgeries pro bono on young scoliosis patients who hadn’t received proper medical care. And even at his own practice – DISC Sports and Spine Center on Mindanao Way – Melamed knows of patients who have lost their jobs and, as a result, their medical coverage.

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