Hernia Surgery Program

Hernia Surgery Program

Mass General's Hernia Surgery Program provides a full range of surgical treatments for treating hernias. The Center provides expert care and multiple locations (Boston, Danvers and Salem).

Call to request an appointment or refer a patient: 617-724-0349

Overview

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.

Leaders in Hernia Surgery

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.

Multidisciplinary Hernia Care

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.

Conditions We Treat

The types of hernias we treat include:

  • Epigastic hernias, which are often present at birth and similar to umbilical hernias
  • Femoral hernias, which occur when part of the intestines bulge through a weakness in the groin area
  • Incisional hernias, which occur as a result of incompletely healed surgical wounds
  • Inguinal hernias, which occur in the groin area
  • Spigelian hernias, which are a type of abdominal hernia
  • Umbilical hernias, which occurs when part of the intestines protrude through an opening in the abdominal muscles
  • Ventral hernias, a type of incisional hernia

Hiatal hernias and paraesophageal hernias are treated through our Gastroesophageal Surgery Program.

Our Procedures

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:

  • Complex reconstructions
  • Mesh implantation, a technique used to repair most groin hernias. Most open inguinal hernia repairs are performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.

Research & Clinical Trials

Our surgeons are accomplished researchers who are at the forefront of the latest surgical and medical innovations. Browse online for open clinical trials.

Our Surgeons

  • Bernard J. Benedetto, MD

    978-882-6839

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
    • General and gastrointestinal surgery
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Danvers: MGH Division of Community Surgery
    • Salem: North Shore Medical Center
  • David L. Berger, MD

    617-724-6980

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Colon cancer
    • Rectal cancer
    • GE junction cancer
    • Diverticulitis
    • Liver cancer
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Gastric (stomach) cancer
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Marc A. de Moya, MD

    617-726-2760

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Complex enterocutaneous fistula
    • Abdominal wall reconstruction
    • Chest wall deformity and rib fracture repair
    • Hernia surgery
    • Compartment syndrome
    • Critical care
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Surgical emergencies
    • Traumatic injuries
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    • Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Churchill Surgical Clinic
  • Peter J. Fagenholz, MD

    617-726-2760

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pancreatitis (acute and chronic)
    • Surgical emergencies
    • Critical care
    • Hypoxia and High Altitude Illness
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Hernia surgery
    • Traumatic injuries
    • Surgery in the developing world
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    • Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Churchill Surgical Clinic
  • Heather R. Faulkner, MD, MPH

    978-882-6893

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Breast Reconstruction
    • Breast augmentation, Breast lift
    • Body contouring after childbirth, massive weight loss, aging
    • Liposuction
    • Labiaplasty
    • Botox and fillers (Juvederm)
    • Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)
    • Cosmetic surgery
    • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
    • Boston: MGH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Denise W. Gee, MD

    617-643-4459

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
    • Foregut (GERD, achalasia, paraesophageal hernias, GISTs)
    • Colon (diverticulosis/diverticulitis, tumors)
    • Hernias (inguinal, ventral, incisional)
    • Solid Organ (gallbladder, spleen, adrenals)
    • Bariatrics
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Larry Philip Goldberg, MD

    978-882-6868

    Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Danvers: MGH Division of Community Surgery
  • Matthew M. Hutter, MD

    617-726-2819

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
    • Colon surgery
    • Stomach surgery
    • Gallbladder surgery
    • Hernia surgery
    • Gastrointestinal surgery
    • Bariatric surgery
    • Diverticulitis
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
  • Ozanan R. Meireles, MD

    617-643-9841

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
    • POEM - Endoscopic Esophageal Myotomy (Achalasia)
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Paraesophageal hernias
    • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
    • Upper GI endoscopy and endoluminal procedures
    • Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)
    • Hernias
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: Surgery Department
    • Boston: Weight Center, MGH
  • Maryam B. Tabrizi, MD

    978-882-6868

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • General and gastrointestinal surgery
    • Acute care surgery
    • Trauma and critical care
    • Diverticulitis
    • Hernias (inguinal, ventral, incisional)
    • Laparoscopic / Minimally invasive surgery
    • Laparoscopic colectomy
    • Gallbladder surgery
    • Colon surgery
    Board Certifications
    • Surgery, American Board of Surgery
    • Surgical Critical Care, American Board of Surgery
    Locations
    • Danvers: MGH Division of Community Surgery
    • Boston: Churchill Surgical Clinic
    • Salem: North Shore Medical Center
  • George Velmahos, MD, PhD

    617-726-2760

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Gastrointestinal bleeding
    • Bowel obstruction and perforation
    • Gallbladder disease
    • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
    • Diverticulitis
    • Abdominal wall reconstruction
    • Compartment syndrome
    • Critical care
    • Hernia surgery
    • Pancreatitis (acute and chronic)
    • Surgical emergencies
    • Traumatic injuries
    Locations
    • Boston: Churchill Surgical Clinic
  • Jonathan Michael Winograd, MD

    617-726-1915

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Brachial plexus injuries
    • Cosmetic surgery
    • Hand surgery
    • Peripheral nerve surgery
    • Breast Reconstruction
    • Microsurgery
    • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
    Board Certifications
    • Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery
    • Hand Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery
    Locations
    • Boston: MGH Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Call to request an appointment or refer a patient: 617-724-0349

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