January 6, 2016

LSU's Brandon Harris Having Sports Hernia Surgery


The Shreveport Times

Benton A. Emblom, M.D.

BATON ROUGE – LSU quarterback Brandon Harris had surgery for a sports hernia on Monday morning and expects to be 100 percent for the start of spring practice in March.

"Just got out of surgery – five-hour process," Harris texted to Gannett Louisiana just after 2 p.m. Monday.

Harris, a sophomore from Bossier City who started all 12 games for the Tigers in 2015, played in pain late in the season as the sports hernia, which is best described as a core muscle injury in the abdomen and/or groin areas, worsened.

"I'm sure a quarterback who plays on the run like he does did experience quite a bit of pain and discomfort with cuts at a high speed in a split second as the season went on," said Dr. Benton A. Emblom of the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala., that was started by LSU graduate and orthopaedic surgeon James Andrews.

"He must be a tough SOB," LSU senior guard Keith Hornsby told reporters at a press conference Monday leading into Tuesday night's basketball game between LSU and No. 9 Kentucky. Hornsby missed LSU's first seven games of the season with a sports hernia.

"We have a lot of athletes who can play with a sports hernia through the season before developing hard symptoms," said Emblom, who specializes in sports hernia surgery. "They're treated with anti-inflammatory pills or injections and then have the surgery after the season. Rarely, do we have a surgery during the season. They play through it, but it can be painful. It's a partial tear of the muscle, and..."