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The Surgical Approach to Sports Hernia

  • Thomas J. Wade
  • L. Michael BruntEmail author


Groin injuries are common in sports, and the condition known as a “sports hernia” is being increasingly recognized as a cause of chronic exertional groin pain. Surgery is indicated for athletes who have the appropriate exam and imaging findings and who have failed a period of conservative management. A variety of surgical approaches to this problem have been utilized successfully that include open primary sutured repairs, tension-free mesh repairs, and laparoscopic mesh repair. In this chapter, the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, and surgical treatment options for sports hernia are presented.


Sports hernia Hernia Athletic pubalgia Athletic groin hernia 

Supplementary material

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Open Repair of Sports Hernia (Athletic Pubalgia), by Brunt (WMV 53,075 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of SurgeryWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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