Yesterday Gaten Matarazzo went in for his fourth surgery to treat his cleidocranial dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder that affects the growth of his bones and teeth.
“Surgery number 4! This is a big one!” he wrote on Instagram.
He didn’t go more into the whole surgery, but he did say previously that he’s already had several surgeries on his mouth. He also said that he has a “very mild case” of cleidocranial dysplasia, or CCD, compared to others.
“There’s a one in a million chance that you have of getting it — most likely you get it from a parent, but it just happened for me,” he said in 2016. “I have a very mild case so it doesn’t affect me as much, but it can be a very difficult condition to have.”
He does, however, think that it affected his career.
“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 said in 2018, during an appearance on The Doctors. “That affected pretty much everything. I would go three times a week for auditions all the time and get constant ‘no.’ ”