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Your Guide to Understanding Sports Hernias and the
 Medical Treatment of
 Sports Hernias
by William Brown, MD
Advanced Medical Treatment for Sports Related Hernias

Hernia Treatments Specialists Recommend

Your Type of Hernia Dictates the Treatment a Hernia Specialist Recommends

There are three types of hernias: indirect inguinal hernias, direct inguinal hernias and femoral hernias. Not all hernias are alike and neither are the procedures to repair them. Only after your doctor has diagnosed your type of hernia can he or she recommend the best treatment – ideally, one that does not include mesh repair. Learn more about why Dr. William Brown performs non-mesh hernia repair.

If you are diagnosed with an indirect hernia, also known as a congenital hernia, that means that your muscles in that region are not damaged. Congenital hernias are the result of the abdominal wall not closing after the testicle passes through to the scrotum before you were born. This hole can enlarge as you get older and create a bulge under the skin, which is the intestines poking through. Luckily, full reconstruction of the inguinal floor isn’t necessary. Just a few stitches do the trick to close the hole.

Repairing a direct hernia, also called an acquired hernia, is more challenging. In this case, the muscles have been damaged and eventually tear. Direct hernias occur from overuse of the muscles in the area, an accident that tears them, or from chronic coughing. Since the muscles have been damaged, it is harder to find good tissue to repair the defect and requires special surgical skill.

Femoral hernias are the most difficult of hernias to repair and can be difficult to diagnosis. The intestines pass under the inguinal ligament and there may only a slight bulge under the skin on the thigh. Often a McVay technique is needed to fix the hole.

It is not unheard of to be diagnosed with more than one of the three types of hernias, each of which could require a different type of hernia repair technique.

Contact Dr. Brown today to schedule an appointment or learn more about his approach to repairing hernias.

William Brown, MD
Hernia Specialist

Dr. Brown has been repairing inguinal hernias for over 30 years, taking care of Athletes with Sports Hernia injuries since 1999.  Dr. Brown has been taking care of patients with complications from mesh for so long that his hair is gray. Luckily he still has some hair.

His patients include players from the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Earthquakes as well as athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, and the local college teams. As well as Athletes from 15 foreign countries.

Location:
Fremont Office
William H. Brown, M.D.
39470 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 793-2404
Fax: (510) 793-1320

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