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RE: Anyone ever had a "Sports Hernia" aka: "Sportsman's hernia", "Gilmore's groin
Ade,

I think reading that Meyer's et al. paper above touches on why it's really a crapshoot with the laparo-mesh. In addition, like most medical outcome studies, patients for whatever treatment the study's focusing on, are held within a restricted, specific criteria that usually misrepresents the general population. Most laparo-mesh studies include professional athletes with symptoms prior to surgery for under 4-months who most likely have superficial damage to the transversalis fascia. Also, you can't rule out the placebo effect since almost all studies don't include a wait-list control group. That being said, maybe the laparo-mesh is legitimate for a select group of patients (1 of the 17 variants of SH observed by Meyers). This is just my cursory observation as I too sit with a failed laparo-mesh attempt. Good question. Maybe others can elucidate this further. Chris

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