Open Sports Hernia Surgery in NYC

What is open sports hernia repair?

Open surgery can be a highly effective treatment option for a sports hernia, which occurs when the inguinal wall (found in the groin area) becomes weak due to high-speed sports that involve sudden twisting and changing direction. This constant pressure can cause the inguinal wall to weaken or tear, known as a sports hernia or athletic pubalgia. There are two surgical procedures available to treat this condition — laparoscopic sports hernia repair and open sports hernia repair. Open repair may be a better option for some patients when the damage is more complex or hard to view with a laparoscope.

If you require open sports hernia (athletic pubalgia) surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Reiner in NYC. Dr. Reiner has extensive experience performing sports hernia operations and is recognized as one of the best hernia surgeons in the country. Dr. Reiner is also a Professor of Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, one of America’s top hospitals. Learn more about open sports hernia surgery below.

Why is open sports hernia repair performed?

You may be a good candidate for open surgery to repair a sports hernia if you are suffering from any of the following symptoms of athletic pubalgia:

  • Groin pain that is severe and sudden
  • Pain when twisting or moving abdomen
  • Pain that goes away and returns during physical activity
  • Tenderness in upper thigh or lower abdomen
  • Pain that is felt in one side of the groin

What does open sports hernia repair involve?

Before undergoing open surgery for sports hernias, you will receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. The type of anesthesia will be determined after discussion with your surgeon regarding the pros and cons of each method. Then, your surgeon will make one incision (slightly larger than the incision made during laparoscopic sports hernia surgery), through which the internal organs and herniated area can be viewed clearly. Then, your surgeon will repair and stabilize your inguinal wall and close your incision. Depending on the complexity of the hernia, your doctor may require a concurrent laparoscopic and open sports hernia repair.

After the athletic pubalgia operation, your doctor will give you instructions for recovery, including how long you will need to wait before returning to sports activities. In general, open hernia surgery takes longer than laparoscopic surgery to recover.

What are the advantages of undergoing open sports hernia repair with Dr. Mark Reiner?

Open sports hernia surgery is sometimes preferred over laparoscopic surgery due to the surgeon’s improved ability to see the hernia, which may help repair the damaged tissues more easily. Additionally, undergoing open hernia surgery with Dr. Reiner may result in the following benefits:

  • Pain relief and restored function
  • Early return to full unrestricted athletic activity

If you are suffering from a sports hernia (athletic pubalgia), you may be a good candidate for open sports hernia repair. Dr. Mark Reiner is a top surgeon in the field of surgical hernia repair, and has performed thousands of successful hernia operations. Contact Dr. Reiner today by calling 212.879.6677 or filling out the form on this page.

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