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January 15, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Pro wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has sued the Laser Spine Institute in Florida, saying surgeries done there on his back were useless and cost him millions of dollars in revenue. Hogan went to the Institute in 2009 to get treatment for scoliosis and bulging discs but the operations he received left him feeling worse, according to the wrestler. Hogan claims he eventually had to undergo major back surgery with a different set of doctors to repair his back. The allegedly botched surgeries caused Hogan to miss several employment opportunities in wrestling and acting that would have earned him at least $50 million, according to the wrestler.
April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
SEATTLE -- Texas General Manager Jon Daniels wanted to cover his eyes every time former Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton barreled toward first base and launched his 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame headfirst into the bag. "He drove me crazy when he did that," Daniels said in a 2013 interview. "You have a 240-pound guy who is as fast and as explosive as he is … you just cringe when he dives in. You're saying, 'Get up! Get up!' But that's his style of play. I don't think you can take that from him. " Hamilton's aggressive - some would say reckless - approach usually serves him well, but his latest ill-advised and instinct-induced dive into first base will take the hot-hitting left fielder away from the Angels for six to eight weeks.
March 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- Left-hander Scott Elbert threw for the first time in spring training Wednesday, beginning a comeback from two surgeries in the past six months. "He'll get back to tossing a few balls," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Elbert, 27, was hoping to be ready to rejoin the team by April. He last pitched Aug. 26, retiring one batter against the Florida Marlins. Elbert then underwent arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in September. But team doctor Neal ElAttrache found a new area of cartilage damage during a second 40-minute arthroscopic procedure in January, necessitating more repair work.
April 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
A season of epic losses continued for the Lakers, who are dropping players almost as fast as they are games. Kent Bazemore was the latest to go down Monday after an MRI exam revealed the shooting guard had suffered a torn tendon in his right foot the previous day against the Clippers. He will miss the season's final five games and undergo surgery to repair the tendon. A timetable for his recovery will be given after the surgery. Bazemore joined Kobe Bryant (fractured knee)
October 3, 2010 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
It started a year ago, Rechilda Zapanta said. Images appeared blurry; the glare of lights made her squint; the needle she had threaded so often with ease was nearly impossible to see. Over time, the cataract in her left eye grew more troublesome, and Zapanta was forced to leave her job as a seamstress in a dress shop. Without medical insurance, Zapanta said, the surgery she required was out of her reach. But last week, the 74-year-old Azusa resident received surprising news: She could have the cataract removed ?
May 21, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- A strike by patient-care workers concerned about pension changes and staffing levels has led to the cancellation of an expected 150 surgeries at UC San Francisco Medical Center over the two-day labor action and will affect at least another 200 patients, hospital officials said Tuesday. As strikers in green T-shirts blew whistles and chanted outside of the hilltop hospital, staff worked to discharge as many patients as possible, dropping the normal census at the adult facility and adjacent UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital to 398 from the usual 505. “Mark Laret, the hospital CEO, eliminated 300 positions in April, pretty much across everything,” said Randy Johnson, an MRI technologist and member of the striking American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
February 18, 2010 | By Lisa Girion
Less than a month after Dr. Andrew Rutland was barred from performing surgeries after an abortion patient's death, state medical authorities say they caught the physician in an undercover sting apparently violating the court order. For the second time in as many months, state officials are seeking the immediate suspension of the Chula Vista physician's license. A hearing is set for Thursday in San Diego. Rutland could not be reached for comment. His lawyer, Paul M. Hittelman, said Rutland did nothing to violate the court's order.
May 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Catholic hospital is suspending open-heart surgeries while the state investigates a rash of postoperative infections, officials said. The California Department of Public Health has recommended that Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno stop performing the surgeries. Last year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked into bacterial infections that sickened at least a dozen Saint Agnes heart surgery patients and may have contributed to two deaths. A hospital spokeswoman said the new infections happened in the first three months of this year.
September 14, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Brian Price, once a wrecking ball on UCLA's defensive line, has beaten long odds to return to the NFL after two off-season surgeries aimed at keeping his hamstrings attached to his pelvis, rather than breaking loose and coiling down the backs of his thighs. For Price, who will start at defensive tackle Sunday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his excruciating recovery was a 10-step process. Meaning just two months ago, he could run only 10 steps. "You have these doubts in your head at times," said Price, a second-round pick of the Buccaneers in 2010 who, because of his congenitally malformed pelvis, spent the last half of his rookie season on injured reserve.
May 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Seattle hospital acknowledged breaking state law when doctors performed a hysterectomy on a severely developmentally disabled girl whose parents have pursued medical treatments to stunt her growth, making her easier to care for. Sterilization surgeries must not be performed on children without a court order, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center said Tuesday after an investigation by Washington Protection and Advocacy System.
April 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Ani Ucar
A former patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accused the hospital of negligence in a lawsuit filed Monday in which she said she was sexually assaulted last year by a certified nursing assistant after she underwent surgery. The woman alleged in the suit that the hospital failed to adequately respond to complaints of sexual assaults involving the same employee dating back more than a decade. In addition, the patient said Cedars-Sinai never interviewed her or made any effort to investigate after she reported the assault to the hospital June 13. Her lawsuit said she made several attempts to speak to someone at Cedars-Sinai before being told that the employee had been fired and that she could report the matter to police if she wanted further action taken.
April 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers closed the book on another player this season, one of many who couldn't quite get over their injury problems. Xavier Henry made it through a total of 43 games before the Lakers officially shut him down Friday because of wrist and knee injuries. He showed an appetite for driving to the basket and averaged 10 points in 21.1 minutes, almost all as a reserve. "My body is going to continually hurt as long as I keep pounding it and pounding it," Henry said Friday.
March 31, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Bariatric surgery did more to improve symptoms of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol after three years than intensive treatment with drugs alone, according to new results from a closely watched clinical trial involving patients who were overweight or obese. Study participants who had gastric bypass surgery or sleeve gastrectomy also lost more weight, had better kidney function and saw greater improvements in their quality of life than their counterparts who did not go under the knife, researchers reported Monday.
March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Matt Kemp rejoined the Dodgers on Friday for the first time since their season-opening trip to Australia. And after taking batting practice with the team for one of the few times this spring, he pronounced himself ready to play when his stint on the disabled list ends next week. "When the time comes, if they want to put me in the lineup, I'll be ready to go," said Kemp, who is eligible to be activated for Friday's home opener. "I feel really good. I feel really confident. I feel like I can help this team win. " Kemp made three trips to the disabled list last season, appearing in only 73 games.
March 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Ten Southern California surgery centers once affiliated with the defunct 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign are suing UnitedHealth Group Inc. to get reimbursed for hundreds of Lap-Band weight-loss procedures. The lawsuit comes amid federal and state investigations into allegations that the surgery centers defrauded UnitedHealth Group and other insurance companies, according to a government affidavit and a demand letter filed in two federal court cases. The 1-800-GET-THIN ads once blanketed Southern California freeway billboards and broadcast airwaves, but the campaign was halted after the Food and Drug Administration said the ads failed to disclose adequately the risks of weight-loss surgery.
March 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Matt Kemp is coming! Matt Kemp is coming! Exactly when is another matter. Currently on the 15-day disabled list, he cannot be activated until April 4 - and could be. "It's a possibility," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Kemp also could be sent out on a rehabilitation assignment, the Dodgers trying very hard to be careful in the prognosis department as he returns from off-season foot and shoulder surgeries. Kemp did not join the team Tuesday when it practiced at Dodger Stadium for the first time since returning from Australia, where it swept two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend.
March 20, 2009 | Associated Press
The Medical Board of California has accused two Orange County doctors of botching plastic surgeries, with one patient saying she received unwanted procedures when she agreed only to a tummy tuck. The board filed accusations of gross negligence and incompetence this month against Dr. Harrell Robinson of Anaheim Hills and Dr. Shir Miskinyar of Santa Ana. A tummy-tuck patient of Robinson says she woke up to find that he also gave her a face-lift and liposuction, according to board documents.
August 9, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON — The scars are easy to ignore. They crisscross his legs, up above his knees, and Bryshon Nellum doesn't let them bother him anymore. The memories, those are tougher to shake. The last few days, hanging around the Olympic village, waiting for his next race, Nellum has thought about that night in 2008 when two men gunned him down in the street outside a party. PHOTOS: London Olympics, Day 13 The 23-year-old has ruminated about four agonizing years of recovery, the multiple surgeries and the afternoons when he lay crumpled on the track in pain, never knowing if he could regain his speed.
March 21, 2014 | By Brian Schmitz
ORLANDO, Fla. - On a day when news broke that Tiger Woods was diagnosed with a bulging disk, Adam Scott was diagnosed with a bulging lead. Scott will be under observation for the next two days as he tries to carry the Arnold Palmer Invitational on his back with the ease of a world-class weightlifter. The Aussie leads the tournament by seven shots and is 14 under at the midway point, following up his course-record-tying 62 with a solid 68 on Friday at Bay Hill. Scott set more tournament records, besting the previous largest lead here after 36 holes: Paul Azinger (1988)
March 21, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
J.J. Redick and the Clippers remain uncertain about when the shooting guard will return or whether surgery will be needed to treat the bulging disk in his back. Redick was encouraged after practicing Thursday and Friday, but he won't play Saturday against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. When asked if he would need surgery, Redick said, "I don't know. " "As long as I'm making progress, then we don't really have to worry about that," he said. "I think I've made enough progress that I'm hopeful that I'm going to be able to avoid that.
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