Abby Lee Miller may recover well from emergency surgery to treat a possible cancer that paralyzed her from the neck down, but her doctor says she is "not yet off the hook."
Miller says Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Marina Del Rey Hospital in Cedar Sinai, who treated the former Dance Moms star, told PEOPLE through her spokesman that Miller's health "looks good" as she has a lot more movement in her arms, legs and toes, which is a "very good sign".
But while he is optimistic that Miller will recover, Melamed said that Miller needs another spinal surgery.
She went on Tuesday around 1:00 pm in a surgery for a multi-stage laminectomy after having "nagging neck pain" and weakness suffered in her arm. The nearly five-hour operation required an 18-inch incision on her back when Melamed had to remove the back of several vertebrae back to relieve the spinal cord.
"If we did not do anything, she would go to die," Dr. Melamed previously informed people about the four-hour operation. "Her blood pressure has bottomed, she was not feeling well."
Doctors originally thought Miller was suffering from a spinal cord infection. But on Wednesday, Melamed tentatively diagnosed Miller with Burkitt's lymphoma – a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (or cancer that develops in the lymphatic system).
Patients with Burkitt's diagnosis have a "good prognosis," according to Miller Rep. 19659002] Pathological results are pending.
"We're catching an oncologist and we need to find out what the next steps in terms of chemo or radiation or more spinal surgery are," Melamed told PEOPLE before. "Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor – it only depends on the type, but I feel more than yes, they will undergo chemotherapy or radiation."
Miller was hospitalized for a thyroid disorder two weeks after entering a mid-house. She was taken to an emergency room in Los Angeles after TMZ, who first reported the news.
After spending time on bankruptcy fraud at the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California, she was transferred to the dormitory Reentry Center in Long Beach at the end of March, a facility that provides a structured and supervised environment in which she provides employment counseling, employment services and receive financial support.
When she is released from the hospital, Miller must return to the midway house, a source tells people.
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In May 2017, Miller received a one-year and one-day sentence in federal prison, followed by two-year supervised exemption for bankruptcy fraud. She was additionally punished with $ 40,000 and sentenced to pay the $ 120,000 judgment. She also gave a DNA probe on her charge of crimes.
Earlier this year Entertainment Tonight reported that Miller had lost about 100 pounds. and felt "great". Miller posted a photo of herself on Instagram in January, wearing a prison uniform and standing with some of her visitors.
"Sometimes in life you make mistakes, I trust the wrong people and I do not pay attention to things that I should do, I regret more than the mistakes I made," Miller wrote in the caption.
"My world was turned upside down when I was in jail," she continued. "I did it with grace, the stories you read about me were a princess that is untrue, I made friends with prisoners and co-workers, I tried to improve myself, participated in everything that offered me and I am a better person for this experience. "