Gilmore’s Groin (Groin Disruption)
The syndrome was first recognised in 1980, following the successful treatment of three professional footballers who had been unable to play for many months because of undiagnosed injuries of the groin. Although some people refer to it as a Sportmen’s Hernia there is no true hernia present. Groin disruption (Gilmore’s Groin) is a severe musculo-tendinous injury of the groin, which can be successfully treated by the surgical restoration of normal anatomy.
The condition has also become known amongst other things as sports hernia , sportsman’s groin, footballers groin, footballers hernia and athletic pubalgia
Read more about Gilmore's Groin and the Operation.
The pathology of groin disruption found at operation is varied, however, the main features include:
- torn external oblique aponeurosis
- torn conjoined tendon
- conjoined tendon torn from pubic tubercle
- dehiscence between conjoined tendon and inguinal ligament
Between 1980 and 2012 over 8,100 cases have been referred for assessment and treatment with over 4,600 operations undertaken. Attached is a breakdown by sport and activity.
Presentations from The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic symposium "Sporting Groin, Hips and Hamstrings – Going for Gold" – 13 September 2012
Presentations from The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic symposium "The Sportsman’s Groin Updated: Latest in Medical and Surgical Management" – 15 September 2011
Presentations from The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic symposium "Controversies in Hernia Repair" 16 June 2011
Presentations from The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic Symposium "Groin pain in sportsmen: An overview and current controversies" 16 September 2010
Presentations from The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic Symposium "Groin Disruption Rapid or Reliable Return to Sport" 24 September 2009