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Sports Hernia Surgery and Recovery

December 3, 2012 10 comments

After approximately five months of physical therapy my attempt to avoid the operating table came to an end. The majority of sports hernia injuries end up with the person requiring surgery and you can add me to the statistics. I got injured the first week of April 2012 and went through countless doctors, blogs, and forums until I finally found the right doctor. We tried the conservative approach of physical therapy and when that was unsuccessful I chose to get surgery and had it the first week of September 2012.

There are several different techniques used to repair a sports hernia and you can find documentation arguing the pros and cons of each of them. Because of this it made it that much more difficult to track down the right doctor (for me). In my case Dr. Robert MacDonald recommended repairing the sports hernia with flexible mesh as well as releasing the adductor on my right side, the same side as the sports hernia. After doing my research I felt comfortable with the approach and scheduled my surgery. Read more…

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Three Months and Counting

July 19, 2012 5 comments

It has now been over three months since I stopped running and playing hockey due to a sports hernia. I started off with physical therapy two times a week for a few weeks and saw little improvement. Over the past three months I have seen a decent improvement with the exercises and amount of weight I use at the gym. I am now able to bend backwards without holding onto the bar for decline bench presses and use the arc trainer. The problem is that I am still unable to run in any capacity, I cannot do any goaltending stretches that involve lunges, and I am unable to skate. During the past three months I have not stopped researching sports hernia’s in the hope that I finally come across a doctor who truly has experience with them. I am happy to say that the search is over. Read more…