Sports Hernia News

Sports Hernia Video Exceeds 21,000 YouTube Views

Open Repair of Sports Hernia Garners Increased Views

Sports Hernia Video on Y ouTubeSports hernias are one of the most commonly misdiagnosed injuries that athletes today suffer, and the road to recovery can be longer than necessary. Those with groin pain are now turning to the Internet as a source of information. In an effort to clear up the confusion and provide accurate, detailed information, Dr. Brown published an informational sports hernia video on YouTube.

Clearly showing the need for this sort of precise, relatable information, Dr. Brown’s video has been viewed  21,385 times (as of the date of this post). With a focus on clarifying the details of a sports hernia, Dr. Brown defines the injury as a tear to the oblique abdominal muscles. Ultimately, the goal of this video is to provide accurate and useful information about an injury that is often not well understood or treated correctly in the world of…

Excellent Results Following Inguinal Ligament Tenotomies


Renowned Sports Hernia Surgeon, Dr. William Brown, Reporting Excellent Results Following Inguinal Ligament Tenotomies

A new surgical technique, combining inguinal ligament tenotomy with oblique muscle repair, is proving effective for athletes experiencing chronic groin pain.

FREMONT, CA, August 6, 2014 — Sports hernia repair specialist, Dr. William Brown, has investigated and is now performing inguinal ligament tenotomies on patients who have chronic groin pain and are candidates based on their symptoms and diagnosis. This relatively new approach is a welcome alternative to athletes who are anxious to quickly return to their pre-injury performance levels.

According to a study published in Surgical Laparoscopy Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques, 48 patients were identified for this surgery with chronic groin pain lasting 18 months on average. Ninety-two percent of patients surveyed and who responded post-surgery stated they returned to normal sports activity after their surgery. The median time it took to…

Sports Hernia Treatment Without Surgery?

Choosing Sports Hernia Surgery vs. Physical Therapy

sports-hernia-optionsAfter being diagnosed with a sports hernia, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and even confused by the treatment options available to you. Rehabilitation of sports hernia injuries typically includes one or both of two options: sports hernia repair surgery and a targeted physical therapy routine. Both choices have their advantages, but ultimately using a combination of surgery and physical therapy accelerate recovery and produce better results.

Physical therapy often seems like a more gentle, accessible approach to resolve an injury. While this is true, it may not always be the best path to the road to recovery. A sports hernia occurs when a tear is created in the abdominal wall, usually through sharp, twisting movements during exercise. Physical therapy typically focuses on strengthening muscles and connecting fibers. However, all the flexibility in the world will not really repair the sports hernia, it…

Affordable Care Act to Expected to Benefit Athletes Suffering from Inguinal Disruptions


Renowned Sports Hernia Specialist, Dr. William Brown, Expects Affordable Care Act to Benefit Athletes Suffering from Inguinal Disruptions

Dr. William Brown, one of the country’s leading inguinal disruption experts, expects the Affordable Care Act to benefit athletes suffering from sports hernias by covering surgical repair, though what insurers will pay toward surgery remains to be determined.

FREMONT, CA. April 29, 2014 — Many professional and non-professional athletes suffer debilitating groin pain due to a sports hernia. These inguinal disruptions are often misdiagnosed and mistreated since they do not present with typical hernia symptoms, mainly a bulge in the muscle. Even for those athletes with comprehensive healthcare coverage, misdiagnosis and the medical community’s lack of knowledge in sports hernia repair makes receiving treatment difficult.

The Affordable Care Act promises better value, better health and better choices for millions of Americans. Over seven million people signed up through the…

Inguinal Disruption Replaces Terminology for Sports Hernia


The British Hernia Society’s Manchester Consensus Conference Results in New Terminology for Sports Hernia

A consensus conference held by the British Hernia Society concludes that a sports hernia should be called inguinal disruption since no true hernia exists, and recommends taking a multidisciplinary approach to a disruption’s repair and management.

FREMONT, CA. January 23, 2014 —The British Hernia Society invited sports hernia diagnosis and management experts to contribute to a consensus conference held in October 2012. A physiotherapist, a musculoskeletal radiologist and 150 surgeons were on hand to present and share their individual experiences with sports hernias. Following the conference, the Society concluded that a sports hernia should be referred to as an inguinal disruption (ID) because no true hernia is present in this common condition afflicting athletes.

“Having diagnosed and repaired inguinal disruptions (sports hernias) in athletes for many years now, I am particularly…

Inguinal Disruption – The New Sports Hernia

Inguinal Disruption – The British Hernia Society Officially Renames the Sports Hernia

Inguinal Disruption - the new Sports HerniaThe Sports Hernia injury has been given many names over the years. None of these names are very accurate. A “Sports Hernia” is not a true hernia but a tear or strain. “Gilmore’s Groin” refers to one of the original doctors that described the injury. “Athletic Pubalgia” mainly refers to the boney component of the injury. Thus a better name is needed.

Experts including surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, and radiologists gathered at the British Hernia Society’s Consensus Meeting in 2012 to determine the current status of Sports Hernias. It was concluded and announced in the Consensus’s Statement released in 2014 that Sports Hernias should be referred to as “Inguinal Disruption” (ID), retiring the Sports Hernia name.

Personally, while I am satisfied with the new terminology since hernia does not adequately or correctly describe an ID,…

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.

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