'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro gives update on his hand: 'I've got about 75% of my strength back'

Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY
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The "Cake Boss" is sharing some good news.

Buddy Valastro provided an update about his injured right hand on Mondays' episode of the "Rachael Ray Show," revealing that he underwent another operation last month.

"I'm feeling good. My hand is coming along. I had my fifth surgery about a month ago," Valastro said, calling it a "huge success."

"Now I definitely have a lot more of my mobility back, so I can make a whole fist, I can make all my fingers straight, and I've got about 75% of my strength back," he continued as Ray cheered him on.

Valastro added that despite his great progress, he's still in physical therapy.

Original story: 'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro's hand impaled during 'terrible accident' at home bowling alley

In September, Carlo's Bakery spokesperson Michael Ciullo told USA TODAY that the famed pastry chef's right hand was repeatedly impaled by a "metal rod" during a "malfunction with the bowling pinsetter" at the bowling alley in his New Jersey home.

Months later, Valastro showed gratitude for the doctors who saved his hand in December with the only way he knows how – by baking a cake. He built a replica of New York's Hospital for Special Surgery out of cake in "immense appreciation" of the staff's efforts toward his recovery.

"Check out the super special cake I made for Dr. Michelle Carlson, the nurses and staff at @hspecialsurgery as a token of my immense appreciation!" he captioned several Instagram photos on Dec. 30 of the massive cake, which featured a hand cake topper.

"I could never thank them enough for all they have done to help me on this journey to a full recovery," Valastro added.

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The five-tier cake included "the main hospital" entrance, the hospital's logo and several small cakes featuring a doctor's white coat and nurse's scrubs.

In one of the photos, Valastro shows off his bandaged right hand while posing with Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon Dr. Carlson, who performed Valastro's surgery.

"That was spectacular. To see this beautiful cake that someone has made for you - it really shows they appreciate what you’ve done, and that’s the best there is," Dr. Carlson responded, according to Hospital for Special Surgery's Instagram page.

Valastro, the owner of New Jersey's Carlo's Bakery, rose to fame as the star of TLC reality show "Cake Boss" in 2009 and has since appeared in a slew of other baking shows.

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro's hand is 'coming along' after accident