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RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin", or &
BasketBallguy: you live in Iowa, i can tell you is that Dr Cattery is in Milwaukee (I believe). I suppose that would be your closest bet. I know next to nothing about him other than what this message board has provided - but this has been a great source of info. From this, I've gathered that he is one of the more well-known names in the AP surgical repair business, at least in this country.
I went to Meyers. His procedure is a bit different than Cattey's. In my opinion, i would not wait around to find out if it heals. I did that, and wound up waiting 6 months to find out it never would have healed on its own. I wasted my time, i missed hockey and softball for 6 months, not to mention the $1500+ i dropped on PT and clueless doctor's appointments. If you're seriuosly considering making the journey, you may as well make it now and find out if he thinks it requires surgery or not. Meyers has seen about 7000 people and operated on roughly half of them, so I wouldn't think Cattey would want to just cut you open for the sake of it. I would hope and trust he'd be forthcoming. Meyers told me mine would never have healed. Cattey has a good rep from what i understand. Regardless, it's your decision. You dont' want the surgery, you can obviousy elect not to have it.
the Waves2ya guy knows a lot about this injury and has provided a ton of excellent info (Thanks Waves!). I don't know where I am or will be in my recovery, but i can tell you that i notice a slight difference in somethings NOT hurting as much as they did before the operation.
I don't think this is something that goes away. Read all you want, you'll find out, it's very difficult to overcome with conservative treatment.
Best of luck.
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