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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

Inguinal Hernia

20 Types of Hernia Repairs

Types of Hernia RepairsI recently reviewed the literature, and I found twenty different methods to repair inguinal hernias.

Many of these methods have several variations. The fact that there are so many ways to fix a hernia emphasizes the fact that hernias can be very complex problems and require expertise to repair.

  • McVay
  • Ferguson
  • Bassini
  • Halstead
  • Lichtenstein
  • TEP Totally extraperitoneal
  • TAP Transabdominal preperitoneal
  • Plug and patch
  • Rutkow/Robins
  • Shouldice
  • High Ligation
  • Marcy
  • Maloney
  • Kugel
  • Stoppa
  • Trabucco
  • Wantz
  • Coskun
  • Darning
  • Desarda
  • Ringplasty

If you think you may be suffering from a sports hernia, please consider making an appointment with Dr. Brown to see if you’re right. Dr. Brown specializes in working with hernia patients, and is an expert at the process of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

If you have any questions regarding the different types of hernia repair, please contact Dr. Brown.

Avoid Mesh For Indirect Hernias

Dr. Brown Sports Hernia SurgeonIndirect Hernias Should Not be Fixed with Mesh

There are two different types of hernias that occur in the inguinal region. The most common type is an indirect inguinal hernia. A indirect hernia is a congenital hernia. Just before a male is born, the testicle pops out through a small hole in the abdominal wall and drops down into the scrotum. That hole is supposed to close after the testicle passes through. Sometimes it is does not and then at later date that hole can become enlarged after an accident or strain. Once the hole becomes large enough, then intestines will slide through the hole and create a bulge. The important thing to remember is that with indirect hernias the tissues and muscles in the area are healthy and strong, and that the only problem is that there is a hole that did not close when it was supposed to.…

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,…

What to Expect During a Physical Examination for an Inguinal Hernia

Preparing Yourself for Possible Hernia Surgery

According to the American Family Physician website, “Hernia is a general term describing a bulge or protrusion of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening within the anatomic structure. Although there are many different types of hernias, they are usually related to the abdomen, with approximately 75 percent of all hernias occurring in the inguinal region. Abdominal wall hernias account for 4.7 million ambulatory care visits annually. More than 600,000 surgical repairs for inguinal hernias are performed nationwide each year, making it one of the most common general surgical procedures performed in the United States.”

And every inguinal hernia repair surgery begins with a physical exam for diagnosis. Your medical history and a physical examination are sufficient for an accurate diagnosis of your hernia the majority of the time. Simple as those sound, the examination is not to be rushed since glossing over…

Acute or Chronic Pain After Surgery?

How to Avoid Chronic Pain After Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery

Pain directly after an operation is called acute pain. It is related to the operation itself and resolves as you heal from the operation. Chronic pain is pain that persists even after everything is healed.

Chronic pain after hernia repair can be debilitating and affect every aspect of your life. Be sure that you do everything you can to avoid chronic pain and promote rapid healing.

Avoid mesh hernia repair. Problems with mesh are the most common causes of chronic pain after hernia repair.  Sometimes mesh will often become stiff with scar tissue and then when you bend and twist and the mesh does not bend and twist with you, you have pain. Also there are many sensitive structures in the inguinal region. If a nerve or the spermatic cord get stuck to the mesh then you will suffer…

What’s Arnica Montana?

Taking Arnica to Help Recovery from Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Whether you’re particular about what you put in your body, you’re concerned about taking strong prescription pain killers, or you simply prefer a more natural approach to healing, homeopathic therapy is an effective way to promote healing from hernia repair surgery.  Arnica montana is a key homeopathic medicine in a pre- and postoperative surgery protocol.

Arnica montana is a perennial plant. At its largest, it stands just one to two feet high. It prefers northern and central European hills on mountains and meadows, as well as Siberia. Arnica montana is rare in the U.S.; however, it can be found in sparse patches in the northwest. It blooms in July and August – bright yellow flowers that resemble daisies.

A Little Background

Arnica montana’s use as a medicine dates back to at least the 1500s. But, writings about its healing properties…

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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