“Sportsman’s Hernia – Is it Real?” Meet the Expert Lecture With SAGES President-Elect Dr. Michael Brunt at ACS Clinical Congress

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With football season and other fall sports well underway, patient education about sports-related injuries and treatment options can go a long way toward keeping players in shape and on the field. Dr. Michael Brunt, SAGES President-Elect, will address the topic “Sportsman’s Hernia – Is it Real?” at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress on Monday, October 7th at 1:15 pm, in Room 148 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

Dr. Michael Brunt

“Differentiating between an actual hernia versus a more generalized groin strain is critical and receiving the right interventional treatment and rehabilitation is essential to safe recovery and quick return to athletic competition,” Dr. Brunt explains.

With football season and other fall sports well underway, patient education about sports-related injuries and treatment options can go a long way toward keeping players in shape and on the field. Dr. Michael Brunt, SAGES President-Elect, will address the topic “Sportsman’s Hernia – Is it Real?” at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress on Monday, October 7th at 1:15 pm in Room 148 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

“The majority of sports injuries can be diagnosed easily however this is not the case with a sport’s hernia,” says Dr. Brunt. “Differentiating between an actual hernia versus a more generalized groin strain is critical and receiving the right interventional treatment and rehabilitation is essential to safe recovery and quick return to athletic competition,” Dr. Brunt explains.

Athletes are generally referred with a possible diagnosis of sport’s hernia after failure of an initial period of conservative management such as rest, icing, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. When a sport’s hernia is diagnosed, a variety of approaches to treatment have been successful including both open and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.

“Sportsman’s Hernia – Is it Real?” will cover symptoms, diagnosis, risk factors and surgical indications of this common condition. Additional lectures to be delivered by SAGES leadership at ACS include:

  •     “Intraoperative Decisions in Laparoscopic Inguinal and Ventral Hernia Repair” - October 7th at 9:45 am, Room 103
  •     "Controversies and Challenges in Colorectal Surgery" - October 7th at 9:45 am, Room 201
  •     “The Difficult Gallbladder: Tricks of the Trade” - October 8th at 11:30 am, Room 142
  •     “Bariatric Surgical Complications: I Don’t Do Bariatric Surgery, But You Are the Only Surgeon on Call!” – October 9th at 12:45 pm, Ballroom AB

SAGES is committed to improving quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, through ongoing public education initiatives. For more patient information from SAGES, please visit http://www.sages.org/publications/patient-information/.

About Dr. Michael Brunt, SAGES President-Elect
Dr. Michael Brunt is currently Professor of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine and Attending Surgeon at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Brunt has been a member of SAGES since 1992 and has served on the Board since 2006. He is currently Chair of the Finance Committee and has served as SAGES Treasurer since 2010. At Washington University, he is Director of the MIS Clinical Fellowship and Co-Director of the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery. He has won several teaching awards and a Distinguished Clinician Award from the Washington University School of Medicine. His areas of research include surgical education, metrics of technical skills assessment and clinical outcomes research.

About SAGES
The mission of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. SAGES is a leading surgical society, representing a worldwide community of over 6,000 surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients worldwide. The organization sets the clinical and educational guidelines on standards of practice in various procedures, critical to enhancing patient safety and health. For more information, visit http://www.sages.org.

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