Buddy Valastro thanks doctors who saved hand with giant hospital cake replica: See photos!

Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
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"Cake Boss" star Buddy Valastro is thanking the doctors who saved his right hand following a gruesome injury the only way he knows how – by baking a cake.

The Carlo's Bakery owner, 43, 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 Wednesday of the massive cake, which features a hand cake topper.

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.

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

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

The five-tier cake includes "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.

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Earlier this month, Valastro told E! News that he is "probably going to need a couple more surgeries" on his hand, plus "intense physical therapy."

"They say this healing process could take up to nine months to a year because they reconnected nerves and stuff and you just don't know how they're going to grow," he told the outlet. "I think they're starting to work, but I just won't know until we're further down the road… I'm starting to get back a lot of what I lost but I don't know if I'm going to be 60%, 80%, 90%, hopefully 100%."

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.

"I've been really optimistic," he told E! News. "The fans and my family have been so good, cheering me on and supporting me. Giving me the love that they've been giving me. It's made me want to do more. It's pushing me to get better."

Contributing: Rasha Ali

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