Aspetar, the orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital, will host Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, a German consultant and specialist in hernia repair surgery, from April 14 to April 18.
The incidence of sports hernia in high-performance athletes is between 0.5% and 6.7% and that sports hernia comprises of 5 to 7% of all sports injuries.
Commenting on her specialty during her visit to Aspetar, Dr Muschaweck said; “A hernia is a painful soft tissue injury that often affects the groin area. It most often occurs in sports that require sudden changes of direction or intense twisting movements. Hernia diagnosis in athletes can be treated using a special mesh free technique which is referred to as tissue repair technique through a surgery. In such cases, athletes can return to full sporting activity after a maximum period of two weeks.”
The expert explained that she has been working closely with Aspetar’s world-class medical staff and sharing knowledge on all relevant aspects related to hernias and their treatment, including ultrasounds through to the diagnosis process which can vary enormously on a case-by-case basis.
The world-renowned consultant in hernia is the surgical chief and founder of Hernia Center in Munich, the largest European centre that specialises in hernias of the abdominal wall and groin region. Since 1989, she has worked solely on developing techniques in hernia surgery. She took up residence in her own medical practice as a surgical specialist in 1993 and since then has worked exclusively in the field of hernia surgery. She has developed two surgical methods in the past 10 years which have revolutionised patient care: the 'minimal repair' specifically developed for those affecting athletes’ groins, and the 'Munich repair' treating umbilical hernias.
Aspetar’s surgery department is a world-renowned entity that facilitates cutting-edge surgical procedures with access to world-class doctors and equipment. Since its inception in 2006, the department has exponentially increased the number of surgeries and services provided to athletes.
The hospital has become a regional and international destination of choice for doctors and surgeons due to its renowned facilities and specialised doctors that incorporate the most advanced medical technologies to support injured athletes as well as enable their return to play and optimise their sporting performance.