Cycling champion Lance Armstrong underwent a three hour procedure yesterday at the Austin Sports Medicine clinic to repair a broken collarbone sustained in a fall several days ago in Spain. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Doug Elenz placed a 5 inch plate and 12 screws to stabilize Armstrong’s collarbone, which was reported fractured in four places.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Heath has issued a report describing a surgeon at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center continued to operate even though he dosed off during surgery. Plastic Surgeon Dr. Loren J. Borud, who reportedly had a history of drug and alcohol use, was confronted several times by the operating room team about stepping aside to allow another surgeon to finish the surgery being performed on patient Michael K. Hicks. A medical malpractice case previously filed by Hicks against the hospital and doctors and nurses has been settled.