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Br J Sports Med. 2009 Aug;43(8):579-83. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2008.053132. Epub 2009 Jan 21.

The inguinal release procedure for groin pain: initial experience in 73 sportsmen/women.

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Department of Surgery, University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK. chris.mann@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the impact of the laparoscopic inguinal release procedure with mesh reinforcement on athletes with groin pain.

DESIGN:

Prospective cohort study.

SETTING:

Private sector.

PATIENTS:

Professional and amateur sportsmen/women undergoing the inguinal release for groin pain.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS:

Change in patient's symptoms, functional limitation and time to resuming sporting activity following surgery.

RESULTS:

73 sportsmen/women underwent laparoscopic inguinal release in the study period, 37 (51%) of whom were professionals. 95% were male with a median age of 30 years. Following operation, patients returned to light training at a median of 1 week, full training at 3 weeks (professionals-2 weeks) and playing competitively at 4 weeks (professionals-3 weeks). 74% considered themselves match-fit by 4 weeks (84% of professionals). Following surgery, there was a highly significant improvement in frequency of pain, severity of pain and functional limitation in both the whole cohort and professional group. 88% reported a return to full fitness at follow-up, with 73% reporting complete absence of symptoms. 97% of the cohort thought the operation had improved their symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study shows that the laparoscopic inguinal release procedure may be effective in the treatment of a subgroup of athletes with groin pain.

PMID:
19158131
DOI:
10.1136/bjsm.2008.053132
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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