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Surgical or Conservative Treatment of Sportsman Hernia

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hannu Paajanen, Kuopio University Hospital Identifier:
First received: August 21, 2009
Last updated: March 7, 2017
Last verified: March 2010
Five to ten percent of athletes and physical active adults are suffering chronic groin pain. The most common diagnoses are adductor tendinitis, sportsman hernia and osteitis pubis. Sportsman hernia is not a real hernia in the groin, but overuse injury of the groin muscles and tendons. No evidence-based treatment of this disabling condition has been found so far. Experimental surgical treatments are based on various hernioplasties. Laparoscopic extraperitoneal hernioplasty (TEP) is a mini-invasive and effective method to heal sportsman hernia in non-randomized cohorts.

Condition Intervention
Groin Pain
Procedure: laparoscopic hernioplasty (TEP)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Participant
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Chronic Groin Pain and Sportsman Hernia of Athletes: Randomized Study Between Conservative Treatment and Laparoscopic Hernioplasty (TEP)

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Further study details as provided by Kuopio University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Decrease of groin pain measured by visual analogue scale (VAS) [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Return to sport activities [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2010
Primary Completion Date: January 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Sham Comparator: conservative treatment
Procedure: laparoscopic hernioplasty (TEP)
Insertion of polypropylene mesh behind pubic bone
Other Names:
  • laparoscopic surgery in groin pain
  • surgical treatment of sportsman hernia
Active Comparator: surgery
laparoscopic hernioplasty (TEP)
Procedure: laparoscopic hernioplasty (TEP)
Insertion of polypropylene mesh behind pubic bone
Other Names:
  • laparoscopic surgery in groin pain
  • surgical treatment of sportsman hernia

Detailed Description:
This prospective randomized study investigates the effect of active conservative treatment (rest, physical treatment, corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory analgesics) versus surgery (laparoscopic TEP) on the healing of sportsman hernia. Diagnosis of sportsman hernia is always based on careful clinical examination and magnetic resonance imaging. 25 patients with sportsman hernia are randomized into conservative treatment and 25 patients in surgery. The duration of follow-up is 1 year. The main end-point of treatments is disappearing of chronic groin pain (visual analogue scale, entering to sports).

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • severe groin pain lasting > 6 months
  • sportsman hernia

Exclusion Criteria:

  • other diagnosis ruled out by MRI and clinical examination
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00966589

Hannu Paajanen
Mikkeli, Finland, 50100
Sponsors and Collaborators
Kuopio University Hospital
Study Director: Hannu EK Paajanen, MD, PhD Central Hospital of Mikkeli, Finland
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Hannu Paajanen, Doctor, Kuopio University Hospital Identifier: NCT00966589     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: KUH5204519
Study First Received: August 21, 2009
Last Updated: March 7, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

Keywords provided by Kuopio University Hospital:
groin pain
sportsman hernia
osteitis pubis
laparoscopic surgery

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical processed this record on May 23, 2017