AceShowbiz - Gaten Matarazzo will once again go under the knife to treat his rare bone disorder. On Wednesday morning, January 29, the actor portraying Dustin Henderson on Netflix's "Stranger Things" turned to Instagram to share with his followers that he would undergo a fourth surgery for his cleidocranial dysplasia.
Uploading a selfie photo of him flashing a thumb up to camera while on a hospital bed, the 17-year-old actor wrote in its caption, "Surgery number 4! This is a big one!" He also encouraged others to "learn more about Cleidocranial Dysplasia and how you can help those with the condition" by directing them to ccdsmiles.org.
Matarazzo's post has since been flooded with words of encouragement from his co-stars. Millie Bobby Brown, who stars as Eleven on the hit series, wrote to him, "good luck love!!! sending my love gate." Cara Buono, who portrays Karen Wheeler, chimed in, "Sending you supernova good vibes. Love you." Matthew Cardarople, who appeared as Keith in three episodes, added, "You're super brave and strong man. Good vibes to you."
The "Prank Encounters" host has been keeping a positive attitude towards treatment of his disorder. Back in 2017, he shared a smiling photo of himself with a note that read, "Yo dudes! A little pre-op pic before my oral surgery today. One step closer to having my own real teeth eventually." Nearly two years later in March 2019, he updated fans that he was prepped for a third surgery.
Matarazzo has been open about his condition. When stopping by "The Jonathan Ross Show" in 2016, he shared, "It affects your facial growth, your skull growth; it affects your teeth, so that's why I don't have any. I feel like putting it into the show is really raising awareness for it. I just want to raise awareness for it and let people know that it's not something they should be afraid of showing."
As how the disorder affected his career, the young actor discussed it during an appearance on "The Doctors" back in 2018. "It's one of the reasons why I haven't been getting roles, because of my lisp, and the teeth situation, and my height," he explained. "That affected pretty much everything. I would go three times a week for auditions all the time and get constant 'no.' "