Sports Hernia Repair in New Jersey

When a complete or partial tear of the oblique abdominal muscles occurs, it is termed a sports hernia. A sports hernia differs from traditional hernias that can be found elsewhere in the body in that real hernias involve the intestines poking through weakened musculature. To find the best treatment for your sports hernia, you need to consider your age, past and present health, how severe the hernia is and the sports hernia’s location. After full consideration of these factors, sports hernia repair surgery may be deemed necessary.

Diagnosis of a Sports Hernia

If you’re experiencing serious pain in your abdomen, specifically your oblique area, a sports hernia is a possibility. If it is significant pain or recurring, go to your doctor immediately to get it checked out. After several questions regarding your condition, your doctor will perform a physical exam. To get a better idea of what the condition is, your doctor will likely order either an X-ray and/or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). If a sports hernia diagnosis is confirmed, you will then have to consider whether a non-surgical treatment or surgical treatment is right for you.

Sports Hernia Treatment in New Jersey
  • Non-Surgical Sports Hernia Treatment Options

It is a rare occurrence, but there are times that sports hernias can be repaired and treated without the need of surgery. Physiotherapy, which is using mechanical force and movements to treat injuries, is the main non-surgical treatment for sports hernias. Along with this it is common practice for your doctor to recommend using anti-inflammatory medication or painkillers to help with painful symptoms.

  • Surgical Sports Hernia Treatment Options

Surgery is more common to treat sports hernias than non-surgical treatment options. The three surgical options to repair a sports hernia are:

  1. Open Sports Hernia Surgery: A long incision is made to reach the area and takes the traditional approach of having the surgeon sew the ligaments of back together.
  2. Laparoscopic Sports Hernia Surgery: An endoscope is inserted through a small incision and the scope helps the doctors use mesh to repair your sports hernia.
  3. Adductor Tenotomy: Severe sports hernias spread to the groin and adductor muscles. Secondary surgery will be required to sew the adductor muscles back together to regain and increase blood flow so your abdomen tendons may heal quicker.
Sports Hernia Surgery Specialists in New Jersey
  • After suffering a sports hernia, you need to choose either non-surgical or surgical treatments. If the surgical route is recommended, the doctors at New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute specialize in sports hernia surgery. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and start your treatment today.

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Meet The Team

Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.


Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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