Rangers' Hamilton has surgery to repair torn ab
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has had surgery in Philadelphia to repair a partially torn abdominal muscle.
Manager Ron Washington said the surgery Tuesday went well and that Hamilton is expected back in Texas on Wednesday.
Hamilton likely will be out of the lineup for four to six weeks. He was hurt May 17 when he crashed into an outfield wall while making a leaping catch against the Los Angeles Angels.
Hamilton went on the disabled list June 2. The All-Star center fielder was batting .240 with six home runs and 24 RBIs.
Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery. He also has operated on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and former major league outfielder Trot Nixon.
Rangers' Hamilton has surgery to repair torn ab
He will be back on the field in 5 weeks. Funny thing is that Trot Nixon also had the surgery. Trots dad is an MD also and thought the procedure was the best way go.
Thanks for the update
This article seems reasonable to me. It could have some erroneous thinking in it, but if so I don't see it. Any thoughts by anyone? Or anything that might be added?
Kevin also has people trying to take his head off. He also has to make cuts on turf...wet grass...with his foot stuck in the turf.....in awkward positions....and so on...
There are always excuses and variables in life.
I am 45 and overweight....so what? I am hurt....I need to get better....I will get better. Healing is as much in the mind as it is in the body. Read books by Dr. John Sarno or Dr. Weil.
You have some type of hard-on for Kevin Curtis and seem to get off on his repeat surgery as if it is your rally cry. It appears that Kevin and Meyers feel he will be 100% before the season.
I am sure if Mr. Curtis was not pounding on his body his previous surgery would have been completely adequate for an active lifestyle.
The pelvis is complex but Meyers understands it. One visit with him and you will see that.
I do not think you will ever seek out a diagnosis. IMHO....
but that is your right.
My right is to battle you tooth and nail to make sure your information is
#1 - accurate
#2 - clinically relevant
#3 - held to the same scientific standard you would hold Meyers or Um too....(hence the 20% diagnosis stunt)
#4 - Fair and Balanced
#5 - Includes all options both non-surgical and surgical for new folks who are looking for information
I appreciate the dialog but it is frought with many assumptions and stories. Like the "if you told me the moon was made of green cheese" example.
At some point you have to Trust someone. The person you put your faith in can give you a laymans version but a medical version woud simply blow most of us out of the water.
I hire mechanics, lawyers, doctors, accountants and at some point I let go and trust them to do their job. Of course due diligence must be made, but to think that you and fellow forum folks can collaborate and come up with new solutions is ridiculous for several reasons.
#1 - The diagnosis (many here do not have one)
#2 - Once diagnosed which of the 18 versions do they have
#3 - What is the persons fitness level
#4 - Do they have underlying dysfunctions?
#5 - What is their commitment to rehab?
#6 - What scientific backround do they have and how reliable are their explanations of pain/discomfort.
A man like Meyers gives a diagnosis....tells you the version...addresses your fitness level....checks for other dysfucntions and discusses them.....gives standard Faber tests as well as others for ROM.....
I am all for discussing pitfalls and successes with the good folks here but IMHO it is silly to think that I have what you have and what worked/didn't work for me.
Why not call Marcia at Dr. Meyers? She knows a ton about AB. In fact i talked to her at length and she basically interviewed me before my appointment. She is also listed on many of his clinicals. E-mail me and i will give you the office number. She will advise you. What do you have to lose? No charge.....Ask her the questions you need answered.
Chances are you won't.
I will be here until July 1st since I go back to work for the 1st time in 3 years. I could not be upright long enough....
I will look to follow all the great guys here...
JC....Hockey Player....Mike from Va who are getting Ops soon.
They need our support. I know all 3 have diligently rehabbed to no avail. So they did not rush. Hockey Players interested me particularly because he felt okay and then when he went to push off skating it reoccurred.
I could not even walk on ice or slip slightly in the shower. As soon as i did it would inflame my calcified adductors. I want to assure HP that now i can slip (i do in the pool everyday) and push off with no problem at all. i can sit indian style comfortably again.
In the last week i have discomfort (if you can call it that) more on the opp side than the surgery side. It is so mild it is not worth mentioning. I think it is because I sleep on the opp side. If not it is just my pelvis adjusting to its new position.
Good night gents. I will be praying for Josh Hamilton....Kevin Curtis....and all 3 of you.
First off...who wrote this and what is their experience with sports hernia?
There is no mention of co-existing adductor issues.
It also erroneously mentions there is no diagnostic tool to determine SH or AP. (i.e. when the medical person uses the term sports hernia instead of AP it tells me he does not understand it)...
There is now a 4 plane MRI that is at Jefferson in Philadelphia and shows tears as of 2007 (i think)...Prior to this a clinical exam determined if surgery was necessary. So there was probably less exclusionary criteria than there is now.
Why would you post something from 2006 that does not include the most important diagnostic tool for determining tears of the RA and adductors?
This MAJOR error shows me you are simply angling for therapy. If it were that easy the 3 men (JC,HP and Mike) woudl be healed by now as 100's of others)...rehabbing back to playing shape is rare.....It just is. Accept it.
Please show pertinent data that carries weight...
Not the Mayo report from 2006
Not this from 2006
We need new data....
The Mike Boyle piece is excellent.....
But please be fair.......You KNOW this MRI technology exists....
If rehab were so great why didn't Josh Hamilton just do it....They both are 6 weeks....
well because rehab usually does NOT work.....I said usually...
the pectineus and longus were calcified together causing tremendous inflammation and edema. The calcium had to be debrided (removed) and the muscles seperated.
this is what caused my most severe symptoms
I have a rehab program mentioned at the end of this article if you want a copy of it. It was designed by Ray Barile, the trainer for the St. Louis Blues. Email me at [email protected] and I can mail you a copy of it. It is mostly verbiage -- some of which I'm not familiar with -- but you could either take it to a qualified PT or look up the exercises yourself. This was given to me for post-surgery purposes, but is probably equally relevant to healing conservatively.
Just a quick update from Starnberg, Germany. 90 minutes after surgery, I just completed a 20 min walk and ate a full meal. I was awake for over half of the procedure! Dr UM and her staff are truely amazing! I'm in very little pain..... More to come.
Mike in Va
Mike in Va,
That's great news. Wishing you the best.
Glad to hear it, Mike! Hope you recover speedily and fully.
Surf, I think it's a pretty good overview. Not sure where they get the data to say that 65-90% of those who have surgery make a full recovery (with Drs. Muschaweck and Meyers the rate is higher by the accounts I've seen). But the general message is:
• Try rest and conservative treatments
• If these don't work you may need surgery, which is very effective
• In either case, a full recovery will take time — the longer you've been injured, the longer the recovery
• If you're well but engage in sports that are prone to AP injuries, strengthen your core as preventive medicine.
Seems about right to me.
That's great news. I have an appointment with Dr. Muschaweck on July 4th. Hopefully, the consultation to my Independence Day. Good luck with your rehab and thank you so much for the updates.
Mike in Denver
Mike in Va glad to hear its over with and your on your way...Good luck!!!
Albert thanks for the well wishes....and as he says Marcia at Dr Meyers is awesome...she is his right hand lady....and can answer any question and will send you a wealth of information...she is a very busy woman Ill tell you that
Curtis will be worth watching since he has a lot more healing/rehab time before he takes full contact hits...I have a feeling that for his first surgery 9 weeks for an NFL receiver is not enough time to heal/strengthen the area correctly ....McNabb had a full offseason to rehab...big difference....Hamilton if you read his daily new updates back in May he first developed groin pain...took a few days off...then played fro about a week feeling pretty good ...I think he hit like 3-4 HR's that week....then he developed the ab pain....took a few days off...tried playing ....couldnt...went on the DL ....and now hes on his way rehabbing after surgery....these are the classic symptoms that happen...starts feeling better then you go to play your sport and push and wham...take some more time off..start feeling better agian ..go to play and same old thing...
Thanks for all the well wishes! I just finished dinner and a second walk. I had my post op meeting with Dr. UM and here are the findings. My bulge or tear was actually 3cm! Over 1.2 cm larger than what we were able to detect on ultrasound. This was clearly what was compressing the nerves and causing my pain. Only one branch of the nerve needed to be removed. Not surprising that this was the branch that connected to my groin, inner thigh and testicles. It was damaged pretty bad thru 7 months off compression against it every time my lower abdomen was flexed. I can report that on my two walks I have ZERO nerve pain in these areas now. It's truly amazing. I have soreness at the incission site that should last for 2-3 days. I requested a light anasthesia and I was pretty much relaxed but conscious through over half of the operation. I have had no side effects from the surgery and I'm eating well. I'm convinced more than ever that for a lot of us SH is a nerve compression and damage problem that only surgery will repair. The longer it goes, the more the nerves get damaged and the greater the chance you will need a more invasive repair. Now I'm off to walk munich for 4 days. No jogging for me until I get home and continue my rehab.
Mike in Munich aka Mike in Va
truly amazing. Congrats on coming out the other side and doing well. Take it slow. Enjoy Munich!
Albert and hocky player,
Thanks for feedback on the BlueBandage article.
Thanks for feedback on the Kevin Curtis article.
Extra-heavy internal forces
I just turned 59 yrs-old. I learned last week my brother-in-law, who is about 65 yrs-old and in very good shape, strained his groin from climbing onto a tractor every day for a couple of weeks. He had swelling and tenderness. He used ice and inactivity for a little over a month, and it finally went away.
Thank the gods he didn't have sports hernia.
But hearing that story made me think about the internal forces that those adductor fascia attachments are subjected to when someone does something like climb up on a tractor. There is such reverse-leverage involved, I'm guessing to lift a 180 lb. man upward 3 feet, those short muscle distances must exert hundreds of pounds of force in there.
So, if I end up going to Dr. Muschaweck, and if I come out of surgery but still have adductor problems, I plan to avoid those things like climbing up on a high tractor for as long as it takes for my adductors to heal.
Or am I missing something?
If your adductor pain is caused from nerve damage, Muschaweck is the way to go. This is my case. I can't sleep and just walked the halls again. All of my adductor pain is completely gone.
If you are like albert or jc and probably have a combination of nerve damage, but also damaged adductors after years of sufferng from a SH, Dr Meyers is your guy.
Get your ass on a plane and see Muschaweck on July 4. It's her last stop in the States for 2009. I can sense your nervous about it. Do it bro. She is fanatastic. She is like a hero here in Duestchland. Talking from the other side of surgery, I now know why.
Mike in Munich