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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

Potential Complications During and After Hernia Repair Surgery

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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.

The…

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.

Dr.…

Smoking and Inguinal Hernias

Are Smokers More Prone to Inguinal Hernias?

Smokers, listen up. There are numerous reasons why you should quit smoking. You’re aware, so we won’t bother you with the benefits to a healthy heart and lungs. We’ll stick to how smoking affects inguinal hernias – your odds of getting one and your recovery from one. 

Men, not only are you eight times more likely than women to have an inguinal hernia, but if you’re a smoker, your odds increase even more. Nicotine and other toxins found in cigarettes, chewless tobacco and e-cigarettes degrades collagen.  Collagen provides the strength of the abdominal wall.  Thus smokers with their damaged collagen have a much weaker abdominal wall.  Collagen is also a major component of the healing tissue after surgery.  So not only smokers more likely to have a hernia, but are more likely to have the surgery to repair the hernia fail. 

Smokers also…

What is an Inguinal Hernia?

Dr. Brown Explains What an Inguinal Hernia Is

You notice that you feel pain when you cough, lift objects, sneeze, or do other things that affect the lower abdominal region. And you feel a bulge in the area.  You find that even if you take it easy as soon as you use those muscles, the pain returns. Pain and a bulge are indicators that you may have an inguinal hernia.

“What is an inguinal hernia?” In layman terms, an inguinal hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall. Something from inside the abdomen can pop through this hole and causes the infamous bulge underneath the skin. The small intestines are the most common thing to pop out but the large intestines and pelvic organs can pop out as well. 

How do you get a hole in the abdominal wall? This area is known as your “core.” Muscles in the core…

A Rose is a Rose?

A Sports Hernia by Any Other Name is Still as Painful

A sharp, shooting pain around the groin that gets worse when you sneeze, exercise, cough, lift something heavy, or play sports. Could be anything. Could be a pulled muscle, an overworked area, a strained ligament. But what if it doesn’t go away, even after you have rested given the injury a chance to heal?

It could be very possible that it’s a sports hernia injury. This often-misdiagnosed condition affects many athletes, but very few can immediately pinpoint it. In fact, very few doctors even know what they’re looking for. Regardless, it’s a very real, very painful condition for those suffering.

The pain associated with sports hernias typically feels like a sharp pain in the lower groin area, the thigh, or the testicles. The pain is usually only on one side, and may get temporarily better if the athlete takes…

It’s Complicated!

Complicated Diagnosis Process Affects Sports Hernia Patients

There is no lack of cases in which an athlete suffers from sharp, persistent pain in the groin area that no doctor seems to be able to diagnose. Athletes are told it’s a strained muscle, a torn ligament, hyper-tension or a sprain. But one they most likely have not heard of is a sports hernia. Why? Because many doctors aren’t aware there is such a condition.

Sports hernias are much more common than many physicians believe, and they can be tricky to diagnose—but they’re real. And the pain and debilitation is real, too. This pain can affect the lower abdomen, groin, thigh, or for men, the testicles. It intensifies when playing, and can disrupt daily life.

Here are a few reasons why sports hernias can be tough to diagnose:

The Visual Aid. Sports hernias don’t present like a regular hernia. Sometimes there’s…

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.

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Fremont Office:
39470 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
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Monterey, CA 93940

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Palo Alto, CA 94301

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