Open Rectus Abdominus Repair with Adductor Lengthening (Sports Hernia Repair)

What is Sports Hernia?

A sports hernia is a complete or partial tear of the abdominal and groin musculature. It is not a true hernia, but rather, a failure of the muscle-tendon structure. However, it may present with similar symptoms as a true hernia.

Athletic pubalgia refers to the numerous groin and abdominal syndromes that affect athletes.

What are the Causes of Sports Hernias?

Sports activities that involve planting the feet and twisting with maximum exertion can cause a sports hernia. The injury is triggered by quick movements such as twisting, turning, sprinting, bending forward, kicking and doing sit-ups.

Treatments for Sports Hernia

The sports medicine experts at NJOI treat sports hernias and athletic pubalgia with directed conservative treatment according to the athlete's specific diagnosis. In cases where treatment of the damaged muscles, nerves and/or tendons do not respond to conservative care, the surgeons at NJOI perform sports hernia repair to allow the athlete to return to his/her sport.

According to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery, more than 90% of patients who initially receive non-surgical treatment and then ultimately surgery are able to return to sports activities.

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