AOSSM: Surgery Effective for Athletic Hernia

Tension-free mesh repair followed by rehab successful in more than 90 percent of cases

MONDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Athletic hernia responds well to surgical repair using tension-free mesh followed by a standardized rehabilitation protocol, according to research presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

L. Michael Brunt, M.D., of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues studied outcomes in 60 athletic hernia repair surgeries, which were followed by early ambulation and motion, resistance training and core muscle building, and return to usual athletic activities.

In more than 90 percent of the cases, the researchers found that the surgery and rehabilitation protocol successfully returned the athletes to competition.

"Other surgeons have been successful with different approaches including primary repair and repair with laparoscopic techniques," Brunt said in a statement. "For us, tension-free mesh has resulted in a consistent return to athletic competition and earlier activity than a primary approach could yield."

Abstract (P.79)

Physician's Briefing