Dr Garvey has over 25 years experience in diagnosing groin problems, and he has operated on hundreds of chronic groin pain patients including elite athletes such as players of Rugby, AFL, soccer, basketball, tennis players, cricketers, long distance runners, etc.
Dr Garvey has treated many male and female patients with these problems including many injured workers.
Ultrasound is of great assistance in diagnosis, especially when performed by a Specialist Radiologist who specialises in these types of injuries.
Physiotherapy: 20% of patients with groin injury will get better with physiotherapy alone. However, this could take over 12 months to work. It can be a useful option for those who definitely don't want to have surgery and have plenty of time to work on their treatment.
Surgery: Over 90% of those operated upon will get back to their pre-injury level of activity.
Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation with a dedicated groin physiotherapist will be needed for all patients after surgery.
As mentioned above, 20% of patients with groin injury seen at the Groin Pain Clinic will get better with physiotherapy alone. However, this could take over 12 months of work. It can be a useful option for those who definitely don’t want to have surgery and have plenty of time to work on their treatment without surgery.
However when a sports hernia is detected, only one proven case in 1,500 patients treated resolved his sports hernia condition by physiotherapy alone. This player was a State cricket player who had optimal physiotherapy for 2 years.
After surgery, you will probably be OK to return to light duties within 1-2 weeks after surgery, then back to full duties after about 4-6 weeks. Sportspersons will need to follow a 3 month protocol and be guided by their treating physiotherapist for a graduated return to sport.
Dr Garvey bills above the Workers Compensation rate. A quote is available after your first consultation with Dr Garvey. Hospital costs will be covered by your health fund. Your anaesthetist's bill may similarly be about half covered by Medicare and your fund. Please discuss your options with Dr Garvey's personal assistant who will put you in touch with Advance Anaesthetics to obtain a pre-operative quotation for general anaesthesia.
Workers' compensation cases will be fully covered by the Insurer. After your first consultation, Dr Garvey will write a medical report and request for surgery to the Insurer.