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  • Celebrities with hernias

    Posted by marcello71 on February 10, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    So I’ve read a lot about hernia surgery & mesh but I always wonder what the rich & famous do for hernias?
    I’ve found the following list of celebrities that have had hernia surgery(likely with mesh):

    – Jeff Bridges
    – Robin Williams
    – ‘The Rock’ Dwayne Johnson
    – David Spade
    – James Caan
    – Justin Long
    – Madonna
    – Daniel Tosh
    – Bam Margera
    – Kate Mulgrew
    – Charlie Sheen

    There are probably many more but a celeb’s privacy is likely even more strict regarding medical info. I’m wondering which ones are known to have mesh & which had non-mesh repair if anybody knows..?

    I’m also wondering who their surgeons were if anyone knows & if it’s not private info?

    Even though I’m no celebrity myself, I would want the same surgical treatment that these guys got, as I’m sure most patients would…

    I’m sure this post will pique dr Towfigh’s interest with her being a Beverly Hills native.

    Unknown Member replied 10 months, 3 weeks ago 8 Members · 17 Replies
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  • Unknown Member

    Deleted User
    August 21, 2023 at 11:48 pm

    Yup 🙂
    I will soon make an update!

  • Good intentions

    August 21, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    How are you doing with your recovery? I pasted your thread link below. Did Dr. Pauli do your surgery?

    Pain after inguinal/sports hernia repair

  • Unknown Member

    Deleted User
    August 21, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    Indeed, I have also made my research but was not able to find any articles mentionning this information. My only source will then be this surgeon himself (he did not directly tell me the name Medvedev,for confidentiality reasons I guess)

    However, seeing the article and the fact that he “saves” one of my athlete friend by doing him a succesful mesh revision after a failed Liechtenstein repair, I think it is highly probable he tells the truth.

    Moreover,AZ Monica is well-known hospital for surgery. I know that some french surgeons regularly go there to deepen their surgery techniques

  • Good intentions

    August 21, 2023 at 11:44 am

    There is no mention specifically of Dr. Pauli’s specialty at his practice’s web site. Interesting that someone of Medvedev’s level would see him. There must be word-of-mouth, or a professional network that knows something. Worth adding Dr. Pauli to the list of European surgeons to see. The web site is in Dutch.

    “You can contact us for the repair of abdominal wall defects such as inguinal hernias, umbilical hernias, epigastric hernias, incisional hernias, parastomal fractures, and also more complex abdominal wall defects.”

  • Good intentions

    August 21, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Thanks Gullick. I found another paper from the same authors describing the method used, for athletic pubalgia. It shows a suture-based non-mesh repair. It’s an interesting look at the thought processes in 2012. They talk about how mesh was being used at the time but they had some success with the suture-based method.

    Dr. Pauli has not published much since then. His practice sites are in a foreign language.

    Acta Orthop. Belg., 2012, 78, 35-40

    Results of surgical treatment of athletes with sportsman’s hernia
    Christophe JANS, Nouredin MESSAOuDi, Steven PAuli, Roger P. VAN RiEt, Geert DEClERCq
    From Monica Hospital Deurne, Belgium

    Fig. 1. — Surgical technique : After incision of the external
    oblique muscle (O) and retraction of the ductus deferens (D),
    the lateral side of the rectus abdominis muscle (R) and conjoint
    tendon (C) are sutured to the inguinal ligament (L). Pubic symphysis (S), external inguinal canal (E), femoral nerve (n), artery
    (a) and vein (v) are displayed.

  • Unknown Member

    Deleted User
    August 21, 2023 at 10:13 am

    He had its surgery done by S. Pauli (one of the author of this article in Anvers.

  • Good intentions

    August 15, 2023 at 8:00 am

    I tried to find something about where Medvedev had his hernia repaired but can’t. It is incredible though how much was written about the fact that he was going to have hernia surgery. Page after page of internet articles about it.

    He apparently has made a very fast recovery. Which does not actually tell much. I was playing high level soccer at one month after my mesh implantation. It will be interesting to see how he does in the long term. Dai Greene also was back to training soon after his mesh implantation but had to have the mesh removed eventually. If anyone can find more about the details of Medvedev’s procedure they would be good to know. Thanks for the post William Bryant.

  • spinotza

    August 15, 2023 at 12:42 am

    Wow. Medevedev had an inguinal hernia and he played a marathon 5 setter at Wimbledon against Eubanks which he won and got all the way to the Semi-Final. Still number 3, very good stamina on the court, no retirements. He was also out only a couple of months before he went back to full endurance training.
    This is really nice to see considering how tennis is a sport with a lot of rapid movements and changes of direction that are very taxing on the core area.

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  • JD

    August 2, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    Probably Shakira, too. Hips don’t lie.

  • William Bryant

    August 1, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Biohernia have treated top football (soccer for USA) players

  • Unknown Member

    Deleted User
    August 1, 2023 at 4:34 am

    N°3 at this moment

  • William Bryant

    August 1, 2023 at 2:28 am
  • Unknown Member

    Deleted User
    August 1, 2023 at 1:12 am

    Medvedev tennisman : lap with mesh

  • William Bryant

    July 31, 2023 at 11:27 pm

    Denise Richards, not sure who she is personally but had 4 hernias including 2 inguinal.

    Julia Bradbury UK tv presenter, 3 hernias including one inguinal. Surgery I believe by Professor David Nott.

  • William Bryant

    July 31, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    Kym Marsh, suspected inguinal but femoral, in pop group hear say and latterly actress UK.

    Prince Charles, now King Charles III, unspecified, UK figurehead

    James Jordan, unspecified, dancer possibly better known as UK partner of Ola Jordan dancer. Suspect this was sports injury. Surgeon Simon Bailey

  • Chaunce1234

    February 16, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I’d strongly suspect that Dr Towfigh has a lot of experience with celebrity hernias given her location and expertise. I recall reading somewhere Dr Todd Harris in Newport Beach also has had some celebrity patients.

    Many professional athletes go to Dr Meyers at Vincera Institute in Philadelphia and Dr Muschawek in Munich Germany, often those are for the ‘sports hernia’ and abdominal or abductor injuries, but both clinics perform true groin hernia repairs as well. Dr Brown in Palo Alto California also sees athletes for sports hernias and patients for regular hernias. The Gilmore Groin clinic in London is another one you see mentioned often relating to soccer injuries. Some of those clinics have autographed memorabilia from their patients.

    A web search can reveal several celebrities that have gone to Shouldice in Toronto Canada for the typical groin hernia.

    Some notable politicians have had hernia surgeries at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC.

    ESPN and sports news can be a revealing resource for injuries, patients, and their doctors. For those curious, if you go to “” and search for “hernia surgery” you’ll find a lot of reports from sports and celebrity gossip sources too.

    It’s kind of fun to think about how the elite get treatment and where. But keep in mind that celebrities and pro athletes tend to have the best resources available to them resulting in rapid diagnosis, and almost always get rehab and physical therapy after an injury or surgery. To me this says that rehab and physical therapy would likely benefit everyone, even if you aren’t famous.

  • drtowfigh

    February 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Celebrities with hernias

    Love this post!

    But, as you can imagine, HIPAA prevents any of us surgeons to divulge any information about our patients, including whether they had hernia repair, the type, and whether they received mesh.

    I know most of those on the list had umbilical hernias, many without mesh. Some had inguinal hernias, with mesh, some laparoscopic and some open.

    Can’t be more specific… 😳

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