"Makwera said far more than “thank you” as he chatted with Vecchione and Dr. James Chao, the reconstructive and plastic surgeon who crafted his new jaw from a harvested piece of his left fibula. He described his desire to become a mechanical engineer, his newfound love of running, his temporary home in Boise, Idaho, and his phone conversations with loved ones back on the family farm in Zimbabwe."
Operation of Hope & Blessing are featured on CBS "The Doctors" TV Show, Wednesday, January 7th! Mark your calendars for this amazing story of Blessing Makwera from Zimbabwe, Africa as he shares his inspirational tale of receiving his handsome new face on CBS "The Doctors" TV Show, January 7th. In March 2013, Blessing left Zimbabwe to travel to San Diego to begin his treatment. His surgical team included Dr. Joel Berger, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon; and Drs. Thomas Vecchione and James Chao, plastic surgeons.
Drive M7 Aspar rider Nicky Hayden has decided to go back under the surgeon's knife yesterday in order to increase mobility in the joint. With nine rounds now completed out of eighteen in the 2014 season the 'Kentucky Kid' is making the most of the summer break to fix his wrist properly.
Jonathan is receiving his 3rd Fresh Start surgery at our upcoming Surgery Weekend on July 13th & 14th. Jonathan is just two years old and was born with Apert Syndrome as well as other medical issues and deformities. Apert Syndrome causes craniofacial abnormalities characterized by an abnormal head shape, small upper jaw, a high-arched palate, and fusion of the fingers and toes.
We had an amazing Surgery Weekend on May 3rd and 4th – in total, 10 kids & teens received reconstructive surgery on Saturday, and we saw over 30 additional kids & teens on Sunday for laser treatments, speech therapy, consultations, and other appointments. All of our surgeries were successful and only 2 patients required overnight care and hospitalization – both of those patients are now back with their families and on their way to great recoveries.
It turns out that Cal Crutchlow was lucky after all, even though his Sunday race at the Circuit of the Americas was a troublesome one and he was also involved in a rather brutal crash.
In just the last three NFL preseasons, I’ve had 3 different clients tear their ACL during training camp. One player, AJ Edds, tore both his left and right in two different preseasons. To date, according to the SI.com injury tracker, there have been sixteen impact starters go down so far with different season ending injuries. In addition, many media outlets are claiming there are more injuries this year than they have seen in previous years.
Since NFL training camps around the country opened it late July, it feels as if every 48 hours has brought another cringe-inducing moment that has forced fantasy owners to reevaluate both their rankings and approach to upcoming drafts. Notable, productive players of years past have been dropping like flies, simultaneously devaluing the draft stock of those around them while opening doors for lesser-known talent to emerge for their day in the sun.
Luis is receiving his second Fresh Start surgery at our upcoming Surgery Weekend on July 13 & 14. Luis was born with a rare condition called Ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia-clefting syndrome, or EEC, which caused a variety of deformities for Luis including cleft lip and palate, contracted and fused fingers, speech deficits, and other physical anomalies.
Over the span of just two days, March 17th & 18th, Fresh Start’s dedicated volunteers provided healthcare services to over 50 kids including reconstructive surgeries, laser treatments, speech therapy, consultations, and much more. We treated children from Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, and of course many children from our local community of San Diego.
Kevin Robinson, a multiple X Games’ BMX medallist and perhaps the very definition of “Townie Pride,” described his devastation when he heard that the city’s Budget Commission had chosen to cut all middle school athletics beginning this fall.
American Crescent Fixi Suzuki rider suffers fracture in right hand on first day of three-day WSBK preseason test and may miss season opener. Hopkins is scheduled to fly back to the U.S. tomorrow to see Dr. David Chao, the same surgeon that helped him make a return to racing by repairing his wrist in 2010 when most other orthopedic surgeons had given up any hope.
K-Rob talks about his surgery experience and rehabbing his shoulder after his injuries.
The San Diego Chargers induct their 35th player into the Chargers' Hall of Fame. Today's honoree: middle linebacker Junior Seau.
Biomet Sports Medicine, a leader in suture anchor development, currently offers AAThread™ suture anchors made of a variety of materials with a modern full thread design and a Knotless anchor for secure double row repairs utilizing the lateral cortex of the greater tuberosity. Collaborating with Drs. David Chao, Vivek Agrawal, Patrick Connor, Don D'Alessandro and Biomet Sports Medicine, we developed the JuggerKnot™ Soft Anchor-2.9mm.
Travis Pastrana will delay his debut in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series because of injuries he suffered last week at the X Games.
The 19th Annual Junior Seau Celebrity Golf Classic weekend kicked off with a "March Madness" themed Legends Party at Seau's The Restaurant. The festivities, honoring Bill Walton, then moved to the Hyatt Regency La Jolla for the dinner and auction. The Celebruty Golf Classic was held at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Mearly $500,000 was raised to benefit the youth os San Diego County.
The news was not good for Beavers' senior tight end Joe Halahuni when he went to visit Dr. David Chao - who does work for the NFL San Diego Chargers - in San Diego on Tuesday. Halahuni learned that he would need surgery on the left shoulder that has been bothering him since last season.
Oregon St.'s 6'2", 260 lb. TE/H-Back Joe "The Tank" Halahuni had to have surgery this morning, to repair his left shoulder. Halahuni, had hoped a nagging injury suffered last season would respond to rehab, but was still struggling with the problem as spring practice would down. He visited Dr. David Chao in San Diego, who also works for the NFL's San Diego Chargers on Tuesday, and they determined surgery would be needed, so it was immediately scheduled for today.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had surgery Wednesday to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Chao of the team's medical staff. Rivers will rehab for up to six months.
The NFL recently selected OASIS MSO to provide joint replacements for its retired players. The NFL Joint Replacement Program is a nationwide effort which identified 15 medical facilities across the nation for their expertise, focus on high-quality patient care and reputation. New NFL Player Care Foundation in Conjunction with NFL Joint Replacement Benefit Plan to Provide Coordinated Care and Financial Assistance.