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Glenn Murray

Glenn Murray

Last summer Glenn decided to seek treatment at Leicester General Hospital from David Lloyd, a consultant laparoscopic surgeon who specialises in groin problems among elite athletes.

This time the surgeon took a different approach by focusing not on the abdominal wall but on the inguinal ligament in the groin which can become strained by the wear and tear of playing sport.

Mr Lloyd says: “I believe many groin problems suffered by sportsmen and women are not hernias. The term ‘sportsman’s hernia’ is actually quite misleading.”

In a technique he has developed called The Lloyd Release Procedure he cuts the ligament to provide more flexibility for stretching, running and kicking. A permanent patch of the same type used in hernia operations, measuring 15cm by 12cm, reinforces the groin area.

Glenn was able to resume training and for the first time in two years, run and kick freely. The end result was his best season ever as Albion won League One and he scored 22 goals. Now it was the adulation of the Seagulls’ fans echoing around the ground.

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Daniel Defeats Pain

Fighting fit and back into training within just four weeks of the procedure

Daniel has studied Shotokan Karate under the KUGB - Karate Union of Great Britain and the JKA – Japan Karate Association for over 27 years. He trains at the famous Liverpool Red Triangle Karate Club. For the majority of Daniel’s sporting career he has been plagued by groin injury from strangulated and inguinal hernia’s to groin strains and suspected Sportman’s hernia. Weeks before a senior Dan grading Daniel suffered a groin strain. The release procedure was performed on his left groin releasing three ligaments. The results were immediate “I cannot tell you how thrilled I was after suffering for all these years with groin injury. Within days I was able to perform kicks with a full range of movement without suffering any restriction, pain or discomfort”. Daniel was back training within four weeks of the procedure – “I'm now back training performing kicking techniques I haven't been able to perform due to tightness in the groin for over ten years. “ This operation has changed my sporting life and overall quality of life”.      

Shane Williams

Wales and Ospreys Rugby Star

Shane continues to be a credit to rugby and to Wales. He played just a few weeks after surgery and could have played 14 days after the operation. The only reason for the delay was that he felt he should wait 6 or 8 weeks after the operation which is usual for other types of groin surgery. Once it was explained that there was no restriction whatsoever after a Lloyd's Release Procedure he was back training and playing for the Ospreys within days. He certainly remains one of the superstars of rugby and we wish him well with his continuing success.

Scott Robertson

Surgeon gave me back career

Scott Robertson Dundee United

Scott Robertson last night revealed how a world-renowned surgeon saved his career AND his relationship. The Dundee United playmaker's dream season was left in tatters in January when docs couldn't get to the bottom of a mystery groin problem. But Robertson is on the brink of an amazing comeback to full fitness this afternoon against Rangers thanks to a call from pioneering English surgeon David Lloyd.

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David Blaney

Blaney boosts Bristol Rugby

David Blaney Bristol

David Blaney has recovered from groin surgery to give Bristol a timely lift ahead of Friday's Championship play-off semi-final clash with London Welsh. The hooker has not featured since Bristol's surprise defeat at Moseley almost eight weeks ago and underwent surgery a fortnight ago. But he has been passed fit to return to the quad for Friday's make-or-break match at the Memorial Stadium.

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