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RunDaddy
RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin
[quote]mfreyhol wrote:

Hey RunDaddy,

I'm also active duty military (Air Force) and I'm on Tricare Prime. I've seen 11 military doctors out here and I've even been told on multiple occations that Sports Hernias don't exhist.

Can you give me any details about how this worked for you? Did the military pay for you to travel and stay, or just for the surgury? Was there any out of pocket expense? Did the surgury work? How was your recovery?

Any details you can give me would be wonderful. I almost wet myself when I saw your posting saying Tricare covered it. I'm suddenly optomistic.

Thanks for your time,

Mike Freyholtz
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Mike,
I had my primary care Doc submit a consult for me to see a surgeon at Dewitt Army Hospital. I went to Dewitt having fully researched this problem and knowing all about Dr. Meyers. The surgeon at Dewitt was very open to my self-diagnosis. He ordered an MRI and when I saw him 2 weeks later h agreed to refer me out of the system. At that point I thought I was cleared to see Meyers so i made an appointment. The next week I found out that I had to see another surgeon at Walter Reed first. Luckily, I got in pretty quickly with Major Matt Wakefield, one of the general surgery Docs at WR who handles most hernia. He had actually heard of Meyers and when he checked his clinic's records he realized that they had already referred 2 special forces guys out to Meyers in the past. Wakefield basically told me that the whole spors hernia diagnosis is highly controversial, but if I wanted to see Meyers and risk surgery he would write the referral.
Once the referral is written it takes TriCare a couple days to pick it up. Make sure the referral species consult AND treatment. Once the TriCare folks told me the referral was in the system and approved (I believe all outside referrals go back to your prmary care referral manager for review and approval), I was fully covered for 5 visits to Meyers and all treatment.
TriCare covered all the bills (and it was over $30K). My command funded the TDY because I simply asked them if they would. They didn't have to. You might have to pay that on your own. The hospital that gives you the referral might also fund the TDY.

I would say that so far the surgery has worked. I'm 8 weeks out and I'm running and swimming again. The first week or so after the surgery sucks. But after 2 weeks I was able to start the rehab. I get sore after workouts, but this is normal. I'm also able to do some limited AB work already (although it bothers me after 10 sit ups or so). Time will ultimately tell if this works in the long term. But I can say I'm very happy with it so far.

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