No surgery should be taken lightly. It means trusting another person to go inside of your body with tools and make you better. Especially when it comes to something as painful as a sports hernia, you’ll want to make sure you’ve found the right medical professional to take care of you. Not only for the surgery, but for the follow-up process as well.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a sports hernia, it’s both good and bad news. The bad news? You have a sports hernia. The good news? You weren’t misdiagnosed, which is unfortunately very common with sports hernias. And when you’re misdiagnosed, you don’t receive the proper treatment, which can cause even more problems.
If you’ve been correctly diagnosed with a sports hernia, it’s time to find the right professional to help get you on the road to recovery. But finding a good sports hernia surgeon can be tricky, since many doctors don’t even know what a sports hernia is. You’ll definitely want to find a specialist. Even then, you’ll need to be selective.
Step 1: Get a Referral
If your general practitioner diagnosed your sports hernia, but does not perform surgeries to repair them, ask him or her if they can refer you to someone who can. You can also inquire with your coach (if you’re an athlete), friends, and family, or look within your insurance network. And then of course, there’s always Google. Just make sure to look at reviews, if there are any, or get feedback on the doctor before making an appointment.
Step 2: Make an Appointment, and be Picky
Schedule your consultation with the doctor you’ve chosen. Once you visit with him or her, go ahead and proceed if you feel comfortable. If you don’t, keep looking until you find someone whose skills you trust. Remember, surgery of any kind requires you to feel safe with the surgeon.
Also remember: just because a particular surgeon has an impressive number of certifications and degrees on their wall does not necessarily mean that they are the right person to repair your sports hernia. The person you meet with may be extremely gifted in cardiac surgery, but that doesn’t automatically make him or her qualified to take care of a sports hernia.
Step 3: Know What to Look For
It’s much better to find a highly-trained sports hernia specialist instead of a doctor who may be amazing in a different area. Sports hernias are still a widely uncharted surgery by many medical experts.
How do you know that you’ve found the right surgeon?
Look for someone with excellent training who specializes in sports hernias and who has been working with sports hernia patients for a while. As mentioned before, it’s also important to check reviews to make sure their previous patients have been satisfied.
When it comes to a sports hernia, it’s no time to make a mistake and select the wrong doctor. Doing so could make your condition even more painful and worse. Make sure the person who works with you to recover is someone like Dr. William Brown, who has been performing sports hernia surgeries and providing specialized rehabilitation programs since 1999.
To find out more about Dr. Brown and his sports hernia methods, contact us.