The Lloyd Release Procedure


The Lloyd release procedure has been specifically developed to treat groin pain in elite and non-elite athletes. The majority of athletes do not have a hernia but do have pain arising from specific ligaments in the groin. Releasing these ligaments releases the tension and allows recovery within a few weeks.

More than one thousand athletes (both men and women) have now been treated with 97% of patients returning to their sport or activity within 4 weeks.

The Surgeon
Professor David M Lloyd MBBS, MD, FRCS

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    Jamie had a bilateral Lloyd Release Procedure in early January and was able to return to playing Premier League football eight days after surgery. He had surgery to both groins with mesh reinforcement using keyhole surgery. His physiotherapist, Dave Rennie, was closely involved in his rehabilitation and the whole medical team helped him to return to top flight football.


    Groin pain is a common complaint amongst sportsmen and women and members of the public alike. It affects many athletes, and particularly those participating in sports involving kicking, rapid acceleration and deceleration, and sudden changes of direction. It has been shown to be a regular occurrence amongst football, rugby and hockey players but any athlete could develop this condition, and it has been suffered by cricketers, marathon runners, equestrian eventers, baseball players and ice-hockey players to name but a few.

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    What Are Patients Saying About Prof Lloyd?

    “I was suffering from groin pain before Christmas. I had my surgery in January and was able to play a week later against Tottenham. I am very grateful to Prof Lloyd for getting me back playing football so quickly. I only missed one match. Brilliant”

    – Jamie Vardy

    “Dean Ryan made the fastest recovery I have known. He was playing within days.”
    Dean actually played three days after surgery. He now believes that all athletes should have this type of surgery and they should all return to their sport within a week.”

    – Dr. Mackay

    “I’m a personal trainer and had struggled with a groin injury for over two years. Professor Lloyd performed a Lloyd release on June 25th and within four weeks, I was running, cycling, and training as normal, pain free.”

    – Spire Patient