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Ex-NFL Star Todd Marinovich

Surgery Saved My

Painting Biz

11/12/2012 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Todd Marinovich is currently recovering from major surgery on his throwing hand (now his painting hand) -- but the ex-NFL quarterback tells TMZ the operation saved his new career.

Todd has become a pretty successful artist ever since a drug addiction ruined his once-promising football career. But he almost lost everything -- again -- when he woke up one morning without feeling in his left hand back in August.

The 43-year-old tells us ... he was diagnosed with a really nasty case of carpel tunnel syndrome ... and it was so bad, he couldn't even hold on to a dinner fork.

Eventually, doctors determined the only way to fix Todd's hand was through surgery -- so Marinovich went under the knife.

Todd says the ordeal was painful, but he's on the road to recovery and already "painting through it." His next project ... a Walter Payton piece.

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She's baaaack    

Are you F'ing kidding me? This is a story? Ex football player. Drug addict. Painter. CARPAL TUNNEL?? You're in the day surgery O.R, you have a tendon band released, stitched up and go on your merry way. It's not like he had cancer or Parkinsons. Non-non-non story

675 days ago
2.

Jerry    

Biggest bust in NFL history.

675 days ago
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PowerBlue    

It's "carpal" not "carpel." TMZ weekend staff, if you're going to let your kids write the stories, could you at least teach them how to use a spell checker?

675 days ago
4.

devilgirl    

CARPAL TUNNEL TMZ DIM WITS!

675 days ago
5.

LadyN    

Wow, this is almost as lame as the MJ and Marky Mark non argument over a plane. VERY slow weekend, TMZ? Carpel Tunnel syndrome surgery is done every day and it's no big deal. And who IS this guy? lol

675 days ago
6.

Mario    

Was he an opiate addict? I had a friend who is an opiate addict who had this same injury, and under the same cir***stances. What happened was he got high and "nodded off" (passed out) on his arm with his wrist bent. When he woke up the next day he has severe nerve damage and had to eventually get surgery after other therapies failed.
If Todd's drug of choice was heroin or painkillers I'm willing to bet that is how he injured his wrist...or he just spontaneously developed severe carpel tunnel overnight. yeah, right

675 days ago
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4_eyed_zebra    

He had problems in August, it is now November, did he have to rehire a publicist? I least you coul have embelished and said he hurt his hand punching LiLo in the head or Arial Winters mother!

675 days ago
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674 days ago
9.

indio1    

Marinovich was never an N.F.L. star.

674 days ago
10.

stu    

he needs lip gloss for those sexy lips.

674 days ago
11.

Carl    

Glad he's doing something he enjoys now. He is the poster boy for overbearing sports parents trying to turn their kid into what they want instead of finding out what he wanted.

674 days ago

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