A sports hernia typically causes a sharp or stabbing pain in the groin area at the time of the injury. In many patients, the pain also travels to the abdomen and inner thigh. Although the pain gets better with rest, it returns when the patient resumes athletic participation. Unlike a traditional hernia, a sports hernia does not cause a visible bulge in the groin.
How is a sports hernia diagnosed?
To provide a definitive diagnosis, our hernia experts will ask you questions related to your symptoms and physical activity levels before performing a complete examination. In addition, we may order a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test to confirm the diagnosis, or an X-ray as a preventative test to ensure that no other injury is present.
How is a sports hernia treated?
When a patient is diagnosed with a sports hernia, they may undergo conservative, non-surgical treatment measures initially. They will be advised to rest for seven to ten days and apply ice to the affected area. After two weeks, they will be advised to begin physical therapy to improve their strength and flexibility, as well as take anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and swelling. If these measures are effective, the athlete may be able to resume their normal activities after four to six weeks of physical therapy.
In many patients, the pain returns when they resume their normal, rigorous activities. When this happens, surgery is needed to permanently repair the torn tissues. In this case, our surgeons will either perform open hernia surgery or laparoscopic hernia repair, depending on the exact nature and size of the damage. Regardless of the surgical approach used, patients need to begin a structured physical therapy program after the operation to strengthen the lower abdominals and correct any muscle imbalances prior to resuming athletic participation.
During open hernia surgery, our experts will make a long incision near the groin, in the area of the sports hernia. From there, we will repair the stretched or damaged tissues and ligaments using sutures. Recovery from open hernia surgery will typically last about three weeks, at which point patients may resume light activities. At six months, most patients can return to their sport.
In some cases, we may use a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopic hernia repair. During surgery, our experts will insert a thin scope with a camera attached to obtain internal visibility of the sports hernia and surrounding structures. We will then make a small incision to expose the weakened tissues, before placing a mesh patch or sutures to repair the defect. Following laparoscopic hernia repair, the recovery period is slightly shorter and associated with less pain and discomfort than open hernia surgery. In most cases, patients can return to their sport within six weeks.
If you suspect you have a sports hernia, your first step is to make an appointment at our Los Angeles Hernia Center to obtain a definitive diagnosis. During your initial appointment, our team of experts will perform a full physical examination and ask you questions about your activity level and symptoms. Once the presence of a sports hernia has been confirmed, we will compose a custom treatment plan designed to either relieve your pain non-surgically or repair the tissues surgically using the most comfortable and minimally invasive techniques available. With years of experience and countless successful procedures, our surgeons have developed a reputation for delivering among the best sports hernia surgery Beverly Hills has to offer.
We specialize in performing complete hernia surgery and repair, using the latest and most minimally invasive techniques available. Moreover, our staff is comprised of two leading hernia experts, both of whom are fully committed to providing our patients with the best sports hernia treatment Beverly Hills has available.
All procedures are performed in our surgical care center, which is a private alternative to a hospital setting. Because hernia repair is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, hospitalization simply is not necessary. As such, many patients prefer to undergo treatment in our state-of-the-art facility, which offers an added level of privacy, convenience, and comfort.Learn more