Surgical treatment of sports hernias

Sports hernias most commonly occur in sports that require sudden changes of direction, such as basketball, ice hockey, floorball and football. Usually, the athletes can be helped.

The root cause of the symptoms is an injury to a muscle attachment on the pubic bone. The muscle is attached by three tendons, which become sore when they are partly detached from the bone. This results in abnormal tissue growth.

The problem can usually be treated surgically. In some cases, the source of the pain is in the thigh adductors. If this is the case, the patient will not benefit from keyhole surgery. A sports hernia is not the same as an inguinal hernia, but it happens that athletes suffer from both.

Sports hernias are treated with keyhole surgery. The decision to operate is always taken in consultation with an experienced gastrointestinal surgeon and a sports physician. At Diacor’s hospital, sports physicians, orthopaedic physicians and gastrointestinal surgeons cooperate extensively.

During the keyhole procedure, the muscle attachment point on the pubic bone is thoroughly cleaned and the unhealthy tissue is removed. A nylon mesh is then placed on the muscle attachment point. The mesh distributes the load of movement over a larger area. This makes the muscle attachment more durable.

The recovery process takes around three weeks. During the recovery period, you should avoid the movements that caused pain before the procedure. Otherwise, you can exercise normally. For instance, you can ride an exercise bike already the day after the procedure. 


Airo Ilari

Gastroenterological Surgeon, Surgeon

Lic. Med., Specialist in Gastroenterology and Surgery. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, hernias, gall bladder, gastrointestinal surgeries, anal disorders, rubber band ligations (RBL)