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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

General Information

Hernia Surgery Post Operative Compression

Compression Shorts for Post Surgery CompressionCompression or pressure on the operative site after surgery is very helpful by providing support, decreasing swelling, and helping with hemostasis.

  1. After surgery, the muscles requires time to fully heal. During this time external pressure will help support and protect the repair. The pressure will also make it easier to move around.
  2. After any operation there is swelling of the tissues. This swelling can be at the incision but may also involve the scrotum and penis or the vulva. External pressure will force the lymphatic fluid back into the vascular system where it is reabsorbed.
  3. Bleeding after surgery is a potential complication. The blood can collect under the skin to form a pocket of blood or it can spread into the tissues (bruise). Pressure at the operative site decreases the chance for any hemorrhage.

If you have compression shorts, bring those with you. Pick compression shorts that not only apply…

Can Hernias Repair Themselves?

Let’s say you have the symptoms of a hernia and you’re concerned you might have one. These symptoms may include pain when you bend, cough, or lift something; a heavy feeling or pressure inside your abdomen; constipation; swelling underneath your skin around your groin, or a burning sensation where the swelling is.

What do you do?

The first thing you’ll need to do is to see a good hernia specialist to make sure that a hernia is actually the problem. If you are in fact diagnosed, you’ll need to decide whether to have a hernia operation or leave it alone.

Many people who are diagnosed with a hernia decide to ignore it—either because they don’t want to have an operation or they don’t have very much pain. In some cases, in fact, there’s no pain at all, and patients convince themselves to just wait and see if their symptoms become…

How Do I Choose a Sports Hernia Surgeon?

Find a Doctor You Can TrustTrust Your Surgeon

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…

The Most Common Causes of Inguinal Hernias

Inguinal Hernias – Easier To Get Than You ThinkCommon Causes of Hernias

An inguinal hernia happens when tissue, such as part of your intestine, bulges through a weak spot in your abdominal muscles. This bulge can be painful, especially when lifting a heavy object, twisting, bending over or coughing. Though uncomfortable, an inguinal hernia, is not life threatening or dangerous (unless it becomes incarcerated or strangulated, in which case you should seek immediate medical attention); however, it will not improve or heal itself over time.

Humans adapt. If you’ve been dealing with an inguinal hernia for some time, you may not notice just how much you’ve adapted your routine and body movements to avoid aggravating the pain that comes with this condition. Inguinal hernia repair is one of the most common surgeries. Dr. William Brown advises his patients to repair the hernia without mesh at a time when it’s convenient for you,…

Potential Complications During and After Hernia Repair Surgery

It is Important To Be InformedPotential complications hernia surgery

Even though hernia repair surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures, it does not come without potential complications. There are two steps you can take to lower your risk. One, choose an expert and experienced surgeon who has done the operation thousands of times, like Dr. William Brown. Two, understand what the complications are so you can identify them and let your doctor know immediately should you experience one or more of them.

Complications Associated with General Anesthesia

Repairing an inguinal hernia without mesh is an outpatient surgery, yet it does require anesthesia. Any time anesthesia is involved, there are risks for complications. Your doctor will discuss your medical history with you and assess any risks or complications based on your history. To accurately assess potential complications, your doctor must know about any past surgeries, existing medical conditions and allergies.


Four Things to Evaluate When Choosing Your Hernia Repair Surgeon

Choosing the Right Hernia Repair Surgeon

Hernia repair is a common surgery by today’s medical standards – as common as cesarean sections and appendectomies. That’s not to say that you should settle for any surgeon to repair your hernia. Hernia repair is a surgery, which is serious, even if common. Surgeons have areas in which they specialize.

Once your hernia is diagnosed, next comes selecting a surgeon to perform your repair and guide you through a successful recovery period. A referral from your general practitioner, a friend, a coach, neighbor, family member and an internet search can help you develop your short list.

Schedule a consultation appointment with your first choice. If you’re not completely comfortable with him or her, it is well worth the extra co-pay to schedule an appointment with another surgeon. And so on, until you are confident in the surgeon’s capability to repair your hernia.


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

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151 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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