I'm a college basketball player and started having bad groin pain towards the end of the season. Our trainer diagnosed it as a pulled groin, so I took 3 weeks off after the season. When I started playing again, the pain came back, exacerbated by our coach pushing me through pain in the weight room. Our sports orthopedist came in and diagnosed it as a sports hernia and told me to get an MRI, for some reason.
I had an MRI and the results came back negative (for a SH). The orthopedist told me it was a severe strain and to take 8-10 weeks off of any exercise. After 10 weeks, I tried gradually getting back into exercise but the pain was still there.
I went and saw another orthopedist in Denver since I was home (in Denver) for the summer. She diagnosed it as osteitis pubis and told me to do a cortisone injection and PT. Neither of these helped the pain after 8 weeks. I was able to play but the pain was gradually getting worse again. I was able to start lifting weights again but could not support any weight on leg lifts (squats, power cleans, etc.)
So I decided to meet with a couple hernia surgeons in Denver. The first (I don't remember his name) said he couldn't feel any bulge and told me to get an ultrasound. He did not seem to know much about sport hernias. Before I had an ultrasound, I went to another hernia surgeon in Parker, Colorado, Dr. Barnes. He knew all about sport hernias, whereas the other surgeon seemed clueless about the condition. He said he could feel a small bulge and that I could do an ultrasound to verify it but it could come back negative and he would still recommend surgery.
I would have loved to meet with Dr. UM and have her do the surgery, but my college's insurance won't cover the surgery abroad or travel costs. So I scheduled the surgery with Dr. Barnes and feel very confident about it. He told me he has done hundreds of these surgeries (laparoscopic, using mesh). I'm scheduled for Friday, August 7th. I needed it taken care of ASAP so I can be ready for basketball season. He said recovery time is based on pain and that there is no risk in tearing the mesh or the mesh being damaged post-op. He said I should be able to do a light workout after about 10 days.
What do you guys think? Am I being to impatient?
Sam in Denver