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RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin
I recently had bilateral repair for AP. It has been 7 weeks since I had the surgery and I think it was a success. My left side is still bothering me and Dr. Myers thinks there is an underlying hip issue with that side. Fortunately, I have always been able to play through the pain on that side. The right side was what stopped me from playing soccer. Right now I am able to sprint and run but I cannot maintain it for more than 20 minutes. I am 26 and was in good shape going into the surgery, so I think my rehab process might be faster than most. I'm looking to play in another 4 weeks. For anyone who has the surgery, just keep in mind that the pain does not end immediately. You will feel sudden acute pains that don't persist for more than 5 seconds and your groin area will feel sore but I did not feel the same pain I used to get preop. I think the surgery was a success and I hope this debilitating injury is finally fixed.
If you are having trouble making it to Dr. Myers, I would suggest seeing a sports med. guy who is a team physician. I saw one of Vanderbilts doctors and he referred me to Myers. I would have never known about this surgery if I was not such an avid soccer fan. I didn't know surgery was an option until I noticed that a lot of professional soccer players were getting it. After I realized that, I sought out a doctor who dealt with high-level atheletes. To be honest, I don't think it is a common injury for other players.
On diagnosiing yourself: take some time off and then try to rehab the area on your own or through rehab beforeyou opt for surgery. I went through rehab twice and a steroid injection and it didn't help. Surgery was a last option.
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