The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic
in Harley Street, London provides an integrated service staffed by a
dedicated multi-disciplinary team specialising in the assessment,
diagnosis and treatment of patients with Gilmore’s Groin and various
types of hernia. It aims to achieve this with the highest standard of
professional care, and a minimum of delay in relaxing and friendly
Specialists in sports injuries and hernia surgery
History of the clinic
The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic was established in 1991 by Mr Jerry Gilmore.
During research for his master of Surgery Degree he developed an
interest in wound healing which evolved into specific interest in soft
tissue injuries and repair. In 1980 he recognised the syndrome of Groin
disruption in sportsmen and undertook the first successful repair.
The technique later became known as “Gilmore’s Groin” or Sportsmans
Groin (and also the misnomer sports hernia.) This pioneering work which
has resulted in the successful and rapid restoration of many sporting
careers, was recognised nationally by the award of Fellowship of the
Institute of Sports Medicine in 1995.
In 1999 Mr Simon Marsh, a prize winning Cambridge
Graduate and Consultant in Colchester, joined the clinic because of his
surgical expertise and knowledge of different sports and their
associated injuries. He was appointed Surgical Director of the Clinic
following Jerry Gilmore’s retirement from practice in October 2010.
Mr Simon Marsh, Consultant Surgeon
Simon Marsh trained at Trinity College Cambridge and the Clinical
School, Addenbrookes Hospital. He
qualified in 1987, having been awarded a BA in 1985. In 1992 he was
made a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in England and granted an
MA from Cambridge.
In 1996 he was awarded an MD by the University of Cambridge and received the Intercollegiate Fellowship in General Surgery. In
1999 having been appointed as Consultant surgeon in Colchester he
joined the team at 108 Harley Street. In 2006 he halved his workload
within the NHS to dedicate more time to working in Harley Street.
qualification he developed an interest in sports medicine and has
advised on many sports, including equestrian events, motorcycle speedway
and rugby. This expertise has ensured his success since joining The
Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic where he has become adept and
experienced in assessing, diagnosing and treating patients not only with
hernia of all types but also with Gilmore’s Groin.
Gilmore's Groin (groin disruption) and how it is treatedThe syndrome was first recognised in 1980, following the successful
treatment of three professional footballers who had been unable to play
for many months because of undiagnosed injuries of the groin. Although
some people refer to it as a Sportmen’s Hernia there is no true hernia
present. Groin disruption (Gilmore’s Groin) is a severe
musculo-tendinous injury of the groin, which can be successfully treated
by the surgical restoration of normal anatomy.
Results of groin disruption and hernia treatment in Harley Street, London
To date, over 7,900 cases have been referred to The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic. Of
those, 4,500 required an operation, usually returning to full sporting
activities within 4-6 weeks. Research has shown surgery to be
successful in 97% of professional soccer players. The condition is most
frequent in association footballers (57% of referrals).
English football league clubs have referred players, whilst many came
from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Europe and other continents. Other sports
include Rugby Union and League (10%), racquet games (4%), athletics
(4%), cricket (2%), hockey (2%), and those undertaking general fitness
training and other sports (21%).
Over the past 30 years, the operation has been successfully performed on over 390 international sportsmen and women.
Payment and costs
At The Gilmore Groin and Hernia Clinic, their objective is to provide the highest standard of professional care
with the minimum of delay, in relaxed and friendly surroundings.
Find out more about payments: insured patients
, own account
, sponsored patients