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The best decision a parent can make for their child-athlete

Child athletes during warm up before the training.

Having your child take part in athletics is important. We’ve all heard about the health, psychological, and social benefits. As a surgeon who takes care of a good many teens with sports injuries, I have an insight into one aspect of the young athlete and it is advice I dispense frequently: Have your child play… Read More

Good Pain vs. Bad Pain

Kneeling runner holding his ankle.

My brother told me a while back that he is doing some kind of training regimen. You’ve all heard of the latest crazes–perhaps you are doing one or several of them yourselves. He wanted to know if the pain that he was feeling in his elbow was okay. After berating him for doing this type… Read More

Graded Body Rotation

Rugby players during the game.

Perhaps, if you are a football fan, you have recently seen Aaron Rodgers throw the football in some of the most exciting games of the season. What you may have noticed is that he is, indeed, quite spectacular. One reason, many have stated, is that he throws the ball with extreme power and accuracy. This,… Read More

Kids and Sports; Some Thoughts

happy kids

I always watch my kids playing organized sports with a mix of fascination, pride and, well, horror. Like all parents, I am fascinated by how good some of the kids are, and certainly I am proud of my own kids (I am a parent after all). But as a surgeon with a specialty in sports… Read More

On Preventing Sports Hernias

soccer player

A patient of mine recently pointed out an article by Mike Cantrell: The Soccer Players’ Tug of War: A Simple Understanding of Athletic Pubalgia and Sports Hernias. I read the article and two thoughts followed. First, great understanding of the structures and the dynamic opposition which occurs. Second, the point of prevention of the injury… Read More

How Important is a Physical Therapy Protocol after Athletic Pubalgia Surgery?

Young woman stretching before a run in the park.

Originally, when we started focusing on the Athletic Pubalgia/Sports Hernia injury, we were not certain how important a Physical Therapy protocol was in the post op period. Our feeling was that although it couldn’t hurt, it was unclear as to the benefit. As the years have gone by, this thought process has changed. A Physical… Read More

Dynamic Stretching Routines: Love Them

Three middle-aged men stretching as a part of their warmup before a run.

As I stood at the 700 degree Weber grilling steaks next to my lacrosse coach brother-in-law this weekend, I brought up the fact that my lacrosse playing population sustaining groin injuries was on the rise. Proportionally, he told me, this makes sense, as Lacrosse is a fast growing sport, and colleges are adding both men’s… Read More

Do you fix Ventral Hernias like Inguinal Hernias? Are they the same?

man with stomach ache

My patients often ask what is the difference between an Inguinal and Ventral hernia, and they are confused that the repair in one is usually laparoscopic while the other is in an open fashion. Let’s start with the difference. A Ventral Hernia is a hernia anywhere on the abdominal wall, and although this may include… Read More

Laparoscopic versus Open Inguinal Repair: Revisited

woman with shoulder pain

A recent article regarding open versus laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair was written by Westin M.D. et al. It is entitled “Less pain one year after total extra-peritoneal repair compared with Lichtenstein using local anesthesia–data from a randomized controlled clinical trial.” In the trial, 384 patients were randomized and operated upon using either laparoscopic or open… Read More

Should your surgery be performed by a robot?

A satisfied female patient after surgery.

There is little argument that the technology advances over the last decade regarding medical robotics are rather staggering. Surgeons in all specialties are now able to sit at a console next to, or even several rooms away from, their patients while conducting a surgery. A first time observer would truly see a feat of science… Read More

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