I've written about this topic before. But here we go again. Jeremy Shockey, the New Orleans Saints tight end, is upset. It seems he's still feeling pain in his groin following surgery for a "sports hernia". He feels that the team made him return to the playing field too soon. Moreover, he thinks the team doctors screwed up by not diagnosing his "hernia" sooner:
`I'm worried that this thing could have been taken care of in camp, like it should have been,'' said Shockey, who the Saints acquired from the New York Giants in July for two draft picks. ``If it wasn't misdiagnosed in camp like it was there'd have been no problems. ... Next time I know. When I get hurt I'll get three or four opinions besides just the team's.''
That quote pretty much encapsulates everything that's wrong with the concept of "sports hernia". No clear diagnostic tests. Multiple medical opinions often sought. No clear time frame on the recovery period. Shockey is like the sixth or seventh professional athlete this year I've read about who had surgery to fix an alleged sports hernia. Kevin Curtis, the Philadelphia Eagles WR, had surgery way back in August and he still isn't due to return to the team for several more weeks.
If you present to me with an actual inguinal hernia and I fix it in the standard fashion, I pretty much remove all restrictions by week 3 or 4 post-op. The Kevin Curtis situation is simply outlandish. Three months off just because some expert surgeon tacked a piece of mesh to your strained lower abdominal muscles? It's absurd. Hopefully, these kinds of undesired outcomes will lead to NFL players thinking twice before subjecting themselves to future sham surgeries.....