(510) 793-2404
Your Guide to Understanding Sports Hernias and the
 Medical Treatment of
 Sports Hernias
by William Brown, MD
Advanced Medical Treatment for Sports Related Hernias

Not All Bodies Are The Same

It Would Be Nice everyone’s body was exactly the same on the inside. That way it a surgeon would always know where important structures were located and therefore during surgery, these vital structures could be quickly identified and protected. But the human body makes its own decisions and does not always follow the rules found in the anatomy books.

During hernia repairs, the nerves are the structure most commonly in the “wrong place”.
In the anatomy books, the genital nerve usually is on the posterior aspect of the cord, but it can be found on the floor of the inguinal canal or along the inguinal ligament. The Ilioinguinal nerve usually runs on the anterior aspect of the spermatic cord, but it can run along the internal oblique muscle. The iliohypogastric nerve usually runs along the anterior aspect of the internal oblique muscle, but it can be found traveling within the fibers of the internal oblique and sometimes superficial to the external oblique muscle.

Because the location of the nerves is highly variable they are one of the most common structures damaged during surgery.

Please have your operation done carefully and by a surgeon who knows the anatomy and the possible variations.

Take a look at the two photographs below.  The first photograph shows a patient with two iliohypogastric nerves instead of the usual one. The second photograph shows a patient with a large common nerve that then splits into the iliohypogastric nerve and the ilioinguinal nerve.

Bill Brown, MD

 

 

Dr. Brown has been performing sports hernia surgeries using non-mesh techniques since 1999. As one of the top no-mesh hernia repair surgeons in the U.S., he is an expert on the subject and will be happy to answer any questions or concerns regarding hernia repair with mesh.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

one × 4 =

William Brown, MD
Sports Hernia Specialist

Dr. Brown has been performing sports hernia surgeries and providing specialized rehabilitation programs since 1999.

His clients include the San Jose Sharks, San Jose Sabercats and the San Jose Earthquakes sports teams as well as athletes from the NFL, AFL, NBA, NBL and the United States Soccer League. Athletes from all over the United States as well as from 15 foreign countries have sought out Dr. Brown's expertise.

Locations: (Fremont is the Main Office)

Fremont Office:
39470 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 793-2404
Fax: (510) 793-1320

Monterey Office:
1011 Cass Street, Suite 115
Monterey, CA 93940

Palo Alto Office:
151 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter and join our growing subscriber base.