Britton goes under the knife
4th June 2013
Swans midfielder Leon Britton has undergone a successful double hernia operation in Germany.
The 30-year-old played through the pain barrier for the last two months of the season after opting to wait until Swansea's second Premier League campaign finished before going under the surgeon's scalpel.
Swansea's influential playmaker finally underwent the operation today by leading surgeon Dr Ulrike Muschaweck in Munich, at the largest European centre that exclusively specialises in hernias.
Swans head physio, Kate Rees, accompanied Britton, who had a single hernia operation in 2006, to Germany.
"Everything went well and Leon is due to return to Swansea on Thursday,'' she said.
Surgeon Dr Muschaweck is world renown for her methods of groin surgery that causes less pain after the operation and allows for a much quicker recovery time, usually up to three times faster.
Her revolutionary technique is particularly suitable for top athletes who are able to walk straight out of the operating theatre unaided.
Britton's rehabilitation programme is expected to last up to four weeks and if everything goes to plan he will join pre-season training when the squad return ahead of their trip to Holland on July 3.
"My groin has felt quiet tight, but I wanted to play through the pain and finish the season," recalled Britton before today's operation.
"I missed parts of training in that time, but it was necessary to ensure I was available for the games, although I did struggle a little bit in the last four to six weeks.
"I've had one hernia since December and a scan around four weeks or so ago showed I had another one.
"Next season will be huge for us as we will be involved in four competitions, so I want to make sure I'm fit and ready when we report back for pre-season."