Sports Hernia

New York Hernia Center

General Surgeons & Advanced Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgeons located in Upper East Side, New York City, NY, Secauses, NJ, & Darien, CT

New York City patients throughout Brooklyn, the Upper East Side, and the surrounding Metro area of New York City, as well as in Secauses, New Jersey, and Greenwich, Connecticut, can find relief from hernia pain thanks to the experienced physicians at New York Hernia Center. The practice offers care and treatment of sports hernias, and they are one of the leading providers of minimally invasive sports hernia surgery. To learn more about the sports hernia services available at New York Hernia Center, call the office nearest you, or book an appointment online.

Sports Hernia Q & A

What is a Sports Hernia?

One sub-type of inguinal hernia that can be difficult to diagnose is the sports hernia. Sports hernias result from muscular injury seen with repetitive twisting and turning at high speeds, and is often associated with athletic pursuits like tennis, hockey, and soccer. Sports hernias can present with more soreness and pain throughout the groin area and may spread into the genital area rather than a distinct swelling or bulging in the groin. Left untreated, a sports hernia may worsen to an inguinal hernia, and abdominal organs may press against the weakened soft tissues to form a visible bulge. 

What are the Symptoms of a Sports Hernia?

A sports hernia will usually cause severe pain in the groin area at the time of the injury. The pain typically gets better with rest, but returns when returning to sports activity, especially with twisting movements. Typically, sports hernias present with pain symptoms similar to an inguinal/groin hernia: 

  • Difficulty moving and performing certain activities
  • Discomfort or pain when using groin muscles
  • Heavy feeling in the abdomen or groin with straining

Patients should proceed to the doctor if they believe they have a sports hernia. 

What Treatment is Recommended?

Some of these injuries will get better without surgery, but most will require surgery. Without treatment, this injury can result in chronic pain that may prevent participation in future sports activities. At the practice, the doctor is skilled in laparoscopic surgery which is used to address the sports hernia. During a laparoscopic procedure trochars, which are thin, tube-like instruments, are used to to work inside the person’s body with the aid of a camera. This allows the doctor to make the incision as small as possible. This minimally invasive surgery is much easier to heal from.

Insurance Plans

We accept all major insurance plans that provide members with out-of-network benefits. We participate with Medicare and 1199. We do not take Medicaid or any 3rd party managed Medicaid plans at this time. Please call our office for more information at (212) 203-2146.

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