Hey all, I just wanted to share a positive story with those who are concerned about this surgery and its complications. I am a 40 yr old Connecticut hockey player who pulled a groin muscle while playing in a men's league. I probably should have rested more, but went back to playing and over time felt some familiar (to the people on this thread) pain in my lower abdomen on the right side. More playing (playoffs) and before long I had torn both sides. I stopped playing completely and tried to heal it for about four months. Some of the inguinal canal pain on the far right side of the groin disappeared and healed--but I still had pain around the mid center at the pelvis, right where the rectus muscles attach to the bone. A sports hernia.
I decided, based on this thread and others (after a few pointless sessions with a physical therapist) to go see Dr. Meyers in Philadelphia. Meyer's staff was friendly and professional -- they are located in a colonial house on the Philadelphia Naval base, not far from the surgical center. I had an MRI done at a local place in the city--the experience was not too bad.
I never actually saw the MRI photos, nor asked for Meyers to explain them to me. Interestingly, Meyers gave me back the disk itself which I thought was admirable. (I guess so I could shop around my injury if I wanted to).
I decided quickly after meeting with Meyers to do the surgery. I returned the following week with my family, and we stayed at a nearby hotel at the airport.
I had both sides done, and Dr. Meyer's fee came to $8500. Meyers doesn't accept insurance, but I am on a PPO (BCBS) so I expect that 70% will be covered. That doesn't cover the charges for the surgical center itself, by the way, but I understand that is "in-network" so 90% will be covered under my plan.
My surgery took place at around 9am. I was surprised to learn that I was the 7th surgery of the morning. Quite a factory they have there. They put an IV in your arm, and roll you into the cold OR, and in seconds you are completely out.
I was out for two hours under general anesthesia, and woke up disoriented and weak. There is quite a lot of bruising initially as blood collects in your genitals. It is quite disconcerting but goes away in the first week. I don't suggest you show your wife.
I am now in week 3 and I am jogging again -- and I just went for my first skate. I feel great -- The abdominal muscles are still tight, but there is no more pain. (One stupid thing I did in week two was peek under the bandages, which made the wound get infected when exposed to ocean water. Some Keflex and antibiotic ointment has helped clear it up. Don't peek!)
At any rate, I consider this operation a complete success, and I am really pleased that I made the right decision. I think if you haven't improved in 3 months, you might want to consider the same. Happy to answer questions at