Well... That was pretty bizarre.
Anyhow - 'Marcia', I'm doing better thank you. My 200/400 times are improving and tennis game gets stronger each quarter.
I just wasn't on the good doctor's 12 wks and out schedule and, yeah, I've posted because I *know* what it's like to come up against a physical debility and think *it will never end* (there's hope). Other folks post threads (like the professor did) teaching me a thing or two, too.
Plus - I'm hooked on the gonzo site that is "Let's Run".
Anyhow, some pretty good news for 'mesh' group (tho' I still don't like arguments) and I count four AP doc's now with this extract from PubMed (tho' I've never heard of this guy):
Ann Plast Surg. 2005 Oct;55(4):393-6.
Athletic pubalgia: definition and surgical treatment.
Ahumada LA, Ashruf S, Espinosa-de-los-Monteros A, Long JN, de la Torre JI, Garth WP, Vasconez LO.
Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294-3411, USA.
INTRODUCTION: Athletic pubalgia, or "sports hernia," affects people actively engaged in sports. Previously described in high-performance athletes, it can occur in recreational athletes. It presents with inguinal pain exacerbated with physical activity. Examination reveals absence of a hernia with pubic point tenderness accentuated by resisted adduction of the hip. Diagnosis is
by history and physical findings. Treatment with an internal oblique flap reinforced with mesh alleviates symptoms. METHODS: A retrospective review from December 1998 to November 2004 for patients with athletic pubalgia who underwent operative repair was performed. Descriptive variables included age, gender, laterality, sport, time to presentation, outcome, anatomy, and length of follow-up. RESULTS: Twelve patients, 1 female, with median age 25
years were evaluated. Activities included running (33%), basketball (25%), soccer (17%), football (17%), and baseball (8%). The majority were recreational athletes (50%). Median time to presentation was 9 months, with
a median 4 months of follow-up. The most common intraoperative findings were nonspecific attenuation of the inguinal floor and cord lipomas. All underwent open inguinal repair, with 9 being reinforced with mesh. Four had adductor tenotomy. Results were 83.3% excellent and 16.7% satisfactory. All returned to sports. CONCLUSION: Diagnosis of athletic pubalgia can be elusive, but is established by history and physical examination. It can be
found in recreational athletes. An open approach using mesh relieves the pain and restores activity.
Finally - you'll note I'm always trying to contribute, Marcia. So...
What have ya got...?