Rachael Ray's Surgery Called Off – for Now
12/15/2008 AT 12:15 PM EST
"During the course of normal pre-op care, Rachael started an intensive new vocal therapy and it is now the opinion of her doctor that surgery may not be necessary," Charlie Dougiello, a spokesman for Ray, tells PEOPLE.
Last month, Ray told PEOPLE that she planned to carry a pencil and paper around to communicate with husband John Cusimano after undergoing surgery to remove a benign cyst on her vocal cord.
Now there's no need for the TV chef to buy extra pencils – or curtail her chattiness.
"Rachael is very grateful that it won't be a silent Christmas and thanks everyone for their prayers and well wishes," adds Dougiello.
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