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  • 14 January 2013, 21:56

Hogan: 'Surgeons Could Have Ended My Career'

Wrestler Hulk Hogan is suing a Florida clinic for $50m (31m), claiming doctors there carried out unnecessary surgery which made previous back injuries even worse.

Hogan's lawyers have filed the huge lawsuit against the Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute.

The action is being carried out under the 59-year-old sportsman, actor and personality's real name of Terry Bollea, reports the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.

Bollea is also claiming that the institute used an endorsement from him without his permission or payment.

The paper says the the lawsuit has been filed in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court.

A prepared statement from lawyers Wil Florin and Eric Czelusta claims "negligent conduct" on the part of Laser Spine Institute resulted in "a provable loss of past and future income of ($50 million) during the last chapter of an internationally successful athletic and entertainment career" for Bollea.

It says "numerous prominent spine surgeons" recommended traditional spinal surgery but doctors at the institute insisted that this would effectively end his career.

The lawsuit claims Bollea was "the victim of multiple unnecessary endoscopic surgical procedures that further destabilised his already existing injured back".

There has been no comment from the institute.

Hogan, who has had a number of ring names, including Super Destroyer, Mr America and Hulk Machine, is a 12-time world champion.

He has also made a fortune from media, TV and film work, advertising endorsements and business dealings.