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November 13, 1998 | Associated Press
Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke came through nearly four hours of spinal surgery Thursday in excellent shape, and doctors said he should be ready to resume his career next year. The numbness in his fingers disappeared shortly after the operation. . . . The Orange Bowl, scrambling to secure a site for its game Jan. 2, will return to the stadium it abandoned in 1996.
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BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Former professional basketball star Bill Walton's back and leg pain was once so severe that he considered suicide. Nothing worked until he underwent spinal surgery with a procedure by NuVasive Inc. of San Diego. "I had lost everything. But now I'm back in the game of life. There is hope," said Walton, who has been a paid spokesperson for NuVasive, in company publicity materials. NuVasive is a medical device company that develops minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine.
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NEWS
September 3, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubcek underwent spinal surgery for injuries he suffered in a car accident, and his driver was charged in the crash. Milan Rocen, the chief surgeon at Prague's Na Homolce hospital, said doctors operated to repair fractured lower vertebrae and to ease pressure on the spinal cord after Dubcek regained consciousness. Rocen said Dubcek, 70, was awake after the operation but that his condition remained serious.
HEALTH
January 10, 2014 | Charles Fleming
I was having a period of bad health - quite a long period. I had a hip replacement, and another, and a hand surgery. Then a broken leg. Then a spinal surgery. Then another spinal surgery. I was falling apart faster than the doctors could put me back together. When they told me I needed a third spinal surgery, I declined. I knew they were right. I'd seen the MRIs. I was in constant pain and unable to work, or drive or do anything that brought me pleasure. But I just couldn't face the surgery, the hospital stay, the long recovery, the physical therapy.
SPORTS
September 12, 1995 | Associated Press
Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz will have spinal surgery today and will be sidelined at least three weeks. Defensive coordinator Bob Davie will coach the No. 24 Irish while Holtz is out. "We kind of just all sat there in disbelief," said guard Ryan Leahy of a meeting Monday in which Holtz told his players. The operation will take place at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where Holtz is expected to remain for about a week, said university physician James Moriarity.
HEALTH
January 10, 2014 | Charles Fleming
I was having a period of bad health - quite a long period. I had a hip replacement, and another, and a hand surgery. Then a broken leg. Then a spinal surgery. Then another spinal surgery. I was falling apart faster than the doctors could put me back together. When they told me I needed a third spinal surgery, I declined. I knew they were right. I'd seen the MRIs. I was in constant pain and unable to work, or drive or do anything that brought me pleasure. But I just couldn't face the surgery, the hospital stay, the long recovery, the physical therapy.
SPORTS
September 8, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
The scariest moment of the early season occurred at Tulsa on Saturday when Tulane safety Devon Walker collided with a teammate near the end of the first half. Walker lost consciousness and reportedly had to be revived. He was originally reported to be in stable condition. The latest update is that Walker is in serious condition at a local Tulsa hospital. [ Update, 5:06 p.m.: Walker fractured his spine, Dr. Buddy Savoie said during a postgame news conference. Walker is in stable condition and will need spinal surgery in the "the next day or two. " “He was stable when we transported him,” Savoie said.
SPORTS
April 17, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Those looking for behind-the-scenes drama on how Pau Gasol handled ongoing trade speculation won't find it on HBO's "Real Sports. " Those hoping for more explanations on his unraveling in the 2011 NBA playoffs won't find answers on the critically acclaimed series, either. Instead, Gasol's segment featured Tuesday night focuses on his multifaceted interests. It mentions how Magic Johnson's announcement in 1991 that he had HIV inspired Gasol to go to medical school: "I wish I could do something in the future to cure this disease.
HEALTH
January 23, 2012 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
"Grey's Anatomy" 9 p.m. Jan. 5, ABC Episode: "Suddenly" The premise Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) is operating on a patient who came to the hospital for spinal fusion surgery but now is having heart problems. It turns out that a screw came loose and traveled to her heart, where it sliced the muscle in several places. Teddy tries to sew the heart back together, but she can't get good access to the mitral valve because of scarring. When a suture falls off, she decides to remove the entire heart from the patient's chest, repair it in a bowl of ice and then sew it back in. Teddy doesn't yet realize that her husband, Henry Burton (Scott Foley)
SPORTS
August 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 21st post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Marquis Daniels Former team: Boston Celtics Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The swingman helped Boston become a defensively disciplined team during his three-year tenure there. the giving up only .775 points per play (81st percentile, according to Synergy Sports Technology). Given Mike Brown's hope that the Lakers remain a fundamentally sound defensive team, Daniels would become the perfect fit. As a backup shooting guard, he could help relieve Kobe Bryant's responsibilities both in minutes played and on defensive assignments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By Victoria Kim, Kate Mather and Matt Stevens
SAN FRANCISCO --  The crash of an Asiana Airlines jetliner in San Francisco on Saturday left at least two people paralyzed with spinal injuries,  the chief of surgery at a hospital treating crash victims said Sunday. Eight people remained in critical condition Sunday following the crash that killed two passengers. Margaret Knudson, chief of surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, said the injured arrived in three waves at the hospital -- life-threatening injuries first, seriously hurt next, and the rest in a bus. "Whoever triages patients at the airport did a fantastic job," she said.
SPORTS
September 8, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
The scariest moment of the early season occurred at Tulsa on Saturday when Tulane safety Devon Walker collided with a teammate near the end of the first half. Walker lost consciousness and reportedly had to be revived. He was originally reported to be in stable condition. The latest update is that Walker is in serious condition at a local Tulsa hospital. [ Update, 5:06 p.m.: Walker fractured his spine, Dr. Buddy Savoie said during a postgame news conference. Walker is in stable condition and will need spinal surgery in the "the next day or two. " “He was stable when we transported him,” Savoie said.
SPORTS
August 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the 21st post in a series focusing on this year's free-agent class. Player: Marquis Daniels Former team: Boston Celtics Type of free agent: Unrestricted Positives: The swingman helped Boston become a defensively disciplined team during his three-year tenure there. the giving up only .775 points per play (81st percentile, according to Synergy Sports Technology). Given Mike Brown's hope that the Lakers remain a fundamentally sound defensive team, Daniels would become the perfect fit. As a backup shooting guard, he could help relieve Kobe Bryant's responsibilities both in minutes played and on defensive assignments.
SPORTS
June 5, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Pau Gasol leaned over. He gripped a picture frame with both of his hands. Then he just stared. In front of him stood a photo of the Lakers forward witnessing one of the three spinal surgeries he watched at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in the last two years. Along the margins of the picture were words written in cursive and calligraphy, all with the same simple message and followed by heart signs: "Thank you. " This is what Gasol meant when he stood moments earlier saying that his extensive work with the hospital "completes me as a human being.
SPORTS
June 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
His frustration may still linger over the Lakers' second-round playoff loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Pau Gasol's future with the team will remain dicey throughout the off-season. The only certainty for Gasol: he's spending Monday evening watching Game 3 of the Kings' Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center and then leaving for his native Spain on Tuesday to begin preparing for the 2012 Olympics. As far as everything else, who knows? But as Gasol stood Monday at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, he heeded another reminder that some of those concerns pale to other matters.
SPORTS
April 17, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Those looking for behind-the-scenes drama on how Pau Gasol handled ongoing trade speculation won't find it on HBO's "Real Sports. " Those hoping for more explanations on his unraveling in the 2011 NBA playoffs won't find answers on the critically acclaimed series, either. Instead, Gasol's segment featured Tuesday night focuses on his multifaceted interests. It mentions how Magic Johnson's announcement in 1991 that he had HIV inspired Gasol to go to medical school: "I wish I could do something in the future to cure this disease.
SPORTS
June 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
His frustration may still linger over the Lakers' second-round playoff loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Pau Gasol's future with the team will remain dicey throughout the off-season. The only certainty for Gasol: he's spending Monday evening watching Game 3 of the Kings' Stanley Cup Final against the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center and then leaving for his native Spain on Tuesday to begin preparing for the 2012 Olympics. As far as everything else, who knows? But as Gasol stood Monday at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, he heeded another reminder that some of those concerns pale to other matters.
HEALTH
January 23, 2012 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
"Grey's Anatomy" 9 p.m. Jan. 5, ABC Episode: "Suddenly" The premise Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) is operating on a patient who came to the hospital for spinal fusion surgery but now is having heart problems. It turns out that a screw came loose and traveled to her heart, where it sliced the muscle in several places. Teddy tries to sew the heart back together, but she can't get good access to the mitral valve because of scarring. When a suture falls off, she decides to remove the entire heart from the patient's chest, repair it in a bowl of ice and then sew it back in. Teddy doesn't yet realize that her husband, Henry Burton (Scott Foley)
BUSINESS
June 5, 2011 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
The gig : Dr. Gary K. Michelson, 62, is a billionaire inventor of surgical devices and a retired orthopedic surgeon who has devoted an estimated $300 million of his fortune to an assortment of causes. Topping the list: animal welfare, medical research, online textbooks and tropical rain forests. An early influence: Michelson vividly recalls the childhood event in Philadelphia that set him on his path to medicine: His grandmother suffered from a crippling spinal deformity that made it impossible for her to distinguish between hot and cold in her extremities.
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