Tuesday, 11 May 2010

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

Br J Sports Med. 2009 Aug;43(8):579-83. Epub 2009 Jan 21.

Mann CD, Sutton CD, Garcea G, Lloyd DM.

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


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.

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