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In retrospect, I probably would have tried to find a surgeon here in the US. Actually, I did find a surgeon that was quite knowledgeable about sports hernias and understood it to be an occult or incipient hernia. When I asked him how he treated it surgically, he told me he used standard hernia repair techniques - which is basically what Dr. UM is doing. Yes, of course, she has her new 'minimal repair' technique, but when all is said and done, it is still a hernia repair, plain and simple. And the good thing was that his price for the surgery was very close to the price for Dr. UM's surgery.
There was also another doctor, in California, that did pure-tissue repairs of sports hernias. He has been doing them for 10 years and works on alot of the professional teams in and around Los Angeles. He has a website and even talks about his approach and shows pictures of the actual surgery. I may have gone to him too.
So, in the end, there are alternatives to flying to Germany for a pure-tissue repair of a sports hernia. I chose her because I thought I was getting the best, but I did not count on complications after the surgery and the difficulties of getting follow-up care here in the States.
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