January 29, 2006 |
TWO years ago, Edson Martinez of North Hollywood needed a couple of wisdom teeth extracted. To save money, he found a dentist in Tijuana who charged $50 for the procedure. But the extraction cost him much more, said Martinez, 28. "He [the dentist] used pliers. He said they were dental pliers. " Still in pain three weeks later, Martinez went to a Los Angeles oral surgeon who told him the Tijuana dentist had extracted only part of each tooth. Martinez had to spend $1,000 to complete the work.
May 10, 2011 |
Many patients receive repeat colonoscopies more quickly than are recommended by screening guidelines, increasing the risk that they will have rare, but significant, adverse outcomes from the tests, researchers reported this week. In a separate study, another group of researchers showed that many elderly who are sick or debilitated from other illnesses receive colonoscopies despite the fact that the procedures are probably not beneficial and may cause problems. Colonoscopies involve inserting a telescope-like instrument through the rectum to examine the interior of the small and large bowels so that doctors can look for polyps that are a precursor of colorectal cancer.
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March 7, 2014 |
In the summer of 1974, Dodger pitcher Tommy John heard his arm snap like a guitar string after delivering a pitch. The torn ligament was the type of injury that commonly ended athletic careers, but John, then a 31-year-old star, pushed team doctors "to figure it out. " Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe made what many consider the most extraordinary medical advance in baseball history that September when he invented a transplant procedure that resurrected...
May 9, 1998
In the May 4 Morning Briefing, a reference was made that Jay Buhner insisted on being awake for his knee arthroscopy and (that) the procedure be videotaped. As a point of reference, all arthroscopies are done with a video monitor to guide the surgeon, and taping the procedure is standard. As far as being awake, this is the preferred method. KEITH FEDER, M.D., Los Angeles
May 31, 1989 |
Patrick Ewing, who led the New York Knicks to their first Atlantic Division title in almost two decades, underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee today. Dr. Norman Scott, who operated on the knee five years ago, said no new damage was found and the 7-foot center will be ready for next season. He said the procedure was similar to the one performed on point guard Mark Jackson that sidelined him for just three weeks during the season. Scott said that in addition to examining the knee, he removed some loose articular cartilage.
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November 12, 1995
A strong exception is taken to the article in the Oct. 14 Orange County edition ("New to the Joint: Cartilage Growth Method Offers Knee Patients Relief") regarding joint cartilage transplantation. This article touted the positive aspects of this procedure, in which defects in cartilage of the knee have been filled with laboratory-grown cartilage cells but failed to point out the experimental nature and possible negative aspects of the treatment. The hype for this procedure stems from a Swedish study in which 16 cases were performed.
March 9, 1990
It is with complete and total disbelief that I read about the abominable procedure encouraged by Dr. Philip J. DiSaia of tearing out the ovaries of women over 35 years of age if there is a history of ovarian cancer in their immediate family ("When TV and Life Part Company," Feb. 27). How does he know if a woman can tolerate replacement estrogen therapy after this barbaric procedure is inflicted on her? Nothing replaces the role of one's natural ovaries. Endocrinologists are just finding out the role natural hormones play in the quality of our lives.