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The Massachusetts General Hospital Hernia Surgery Program offers state-of-the-art surgical repair for all types of abdominal hernias. A hernia is a defect in the abdominal musculature that allows fat or abdominal contents to protrude through the abnormal opening. Hiatal or paraesophageal hernias are treated through our Gastroesophageal Surgery Program.
Our legacy in treating hernias dates back to 1811, when Mass General surgeons first began treating hernias. Today, our surgeons perform a high volume of hernia repair surgeries each year -- more than 1,600 procedures in the most recent calendar year. Research demonstrates that high-volume experience results in improved patient outcomes. Our surgeons are board-certified, Harvard Medical School-affiliated physicians who specialize in repairing hernias. This specialization requires rigorous advanced training and a highly focused clinical practice. Our Center is also a referral site for complicated hernia cases.
Whether your condition requires care from one specialist or an entire team, our surgeons work side by side with your entire treatment team to develop a personalized care plan to treat your condition. In some cases, such as complex reconstructions, we may work with surgeons from the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to perform procedures and help coordinate the most appropriate course of care for you.
The types of hernias we treat include:
Hiatal hernias and paraesophageal hernias are treated through our Gastroesophageal Surgery Program.
Our surgeons are particularly skilled in assessing hernias and determining their appropriateness for open or laparoscopic surgery. We offer the full range of surgical options to repair hernias, including:
Our surgeons are accomplished researchers who are at the forefront of the latest surgical and medical innovations. Browse online for open clinical trials.
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