Surgical options in the treatment of sports hernia

Alan Schuricht, Elliott Haut, Merrick Wetzler

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Groin injuries in athletes are seen with increasing frequency. The insidious onset of groin pain in professional athletes may be caused by a range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. The diagnosis of occult or "sports" hernia must be considered in athletes who do not respond to conservative treatment modalities directed at these entities. A review of diagnostic workup and presenting symptomatology is given. In addition, a retrospective literature review of the surgical treatment of sports hernias is presented, including the lead author's personal experience with laparoscopic hernia repair. Comparison is made between operative findings, surgical techniques, and long-term results. Although length of recovery and return to activity varied from series to series, laparoscopic hernia repair provided the quickest return to full, unrestricted athletic activity in 4 weeks or less. Laparoscopic preperitoneal hernia repair should be considered as a treatment modality in athletes presenting with chronic groin pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-227
Number of pages4
JournalOperative Techniques in Sports Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Athletes
  • Groin injury
  • Hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Sports hernia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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