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Totally extraperitoneal endoscopic (TEP) treatment of sportsman's hernia.

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Department of Surgery, Central Hospital of Mikkeli, Mikkeli, Finland.


Sportsman's hernia is a term used to describe a weakness or disruption of is a term used to describe the musculotendinous part of the posterior inguinal wall, which causes persistent groin pain in athletes. A video-assisted placement of extraperitoneal synthetic mesh to support the damaged area may heal this injury. Forty-one male athletes at an elite level (mean age 27 +/- 7.1 years) with chronic groin pain, which was resistant to conservative therapy, were referred to surgery by sports clinics or club doctors. The majority of the patients were soccer (58%) or ice hockey players (27%) at a professional level. A 10 x 15 cm polypropylene mesh was placed into the preperitoneal space using a totally extraperitoneal video-assisted technique. The severity of pain, and the time to return to sports, were determined after 1 month and after the mean follow-up of 4 years. On operation, no macroscopic abnormality was found in 24 patients (58%), obvious musculotendinous tear was present in 10 patients, and muscle asymmetry was present in 7 patients. All except 2 patients (95%) returned to their sport activities after 1 month of convalescence. No immediate or long-term complications were associated with the operation. The placement of a retropubic mesh was safe and a mini-invasive method to repair sportsman's hernia and chronic groin pain of athletes.

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