“Flipping Out” star Jeff Lewis is recovering after undergoing neck surgery this week.
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According to People, Lewis recently revealed on his Sirius XM radio show “Jeff Lewis Live!” that he was suffering from lower back and neck pain, as well as instability in his legs. The reality star had an MRI, and doctors diagnosed him with the spinal cord disease cervical myelopathy.
“There is a disc actually in my neck that's pushing against my spinal cord and has bruised my spinal cord, which has caused nerve damage,” Lewis said, adding that he was told he would need an operation right away. “If it goes untreated, it can cause paralyzation — and it gets progressively worse,” he explained.
Jeff confessed he was worried about the possible scar from a “two-inch incision” he would have on the front of his neck. He joked, “What am I going to do? Am I going to wear turtlenecks? Do I wear a mock turtle? I don't think I can pull off scarves.” Jeff told fans he hoped to lose weight due to the surgery, and gain a few inches in height musing that he may have lost a few inches over the years due to the discs in his neck.
The star teased that if anything happened, he should be buried in the John Varvatos tux he wore to the 2014 Emmys.
After the surgery, his co-host Megan Weaver shared a photo of Jeff in a hospital bed.
She wrote on Instagram, “He made it! Thank god I still have a job. Successful surgery and recovering in hospital. Thank you for all your DM's checking in. Put funeral plans on hold.”