Independence - Non-Mesh Hernia Surgery

No Insurance Surgery - An alternative to Big Business Health Care

In surgery you want a surgeon who has no conflicts of interest and is capable of going against the influence of big business to give you better than The Standard of Care.

Your No Insurance Surgery Surgeon only has one interest, the well being of his patients. You will not get this from a surgeon who is basically an employee of an insurance company, a hospital or a medical group. These are not independent doctors. They are not allowed to think for themselves. They have to follow Practice Guidelines and the Standard of Care and what everybody else does which are edicts created by big business and doctors who are heavily influenced by big business. According to the Federal Governments Open Payments Database US doctors are paid $8 billion every year by medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. The dictum that Mesh is the Standard of Care in Hernia Surgery has been heavily influenced by the mesh manufacturing industry. Please read this article in The Hernia Letter.

The map below shows where patients travel from to have surgery by Dr. Petersen. They come from a long ways because there are very few independent surgeons with as much experience in pure tissue repair of hernias. They also come for his pioneering work and care in the treatment of patients with hernia mesh pain.

Map of Patients Zip

The map of patient pins in the office

In the office we have a cork board map that we ask patients to mark where they are from with a pin. This is  a picture of the map as of 9/12/2018. It includes the continental USA, Hawaii, Alaska, Iceland, Israel, Trinidad, Newfoundland, Thailand, Canada, Guam, China, Japan, Porto Rico, Turks and Caicos, Nova Scotia, Australia and Germany.

Map of patient pins 

Patient Testimonials


August 1, 2016

We are very happy about this patient's result.

Tyler is a straight A high school student. After  what was supposed to be routine hernia surgery, no big deal,
 he missed 40 days of school. And for one year since hernia surgery he was spending most of his time in bed
because of excruciating daily pain.

After getting his mesh removed his pain resolved and he is back to having fun and horsing around.

Mom gave us permission to post these pictures.


July 14, 2016

Dr. Petersen,

I want to commend you on your staff and how you manage your patients. As an endodontist, I am always acutely aware of “perception being reality” and anxiety surrounding a procedure that the patient is not wanting or has a high level of anxiety over. I experienced this myself with the unknown of what you had to do for me. You staff did a stellar job managing my unwarranted anxiety about having an umbilical hernia surgery. Hats off to you for finding such a great team. I am two weeks out, and cannot even tell I had surgery. The lack of pain pre and post op was actually shocking to me. I took a 600 mg Motrin 24 hours post-surgery, and once each night for the next two nights. The only sensation I had was that I felt like I did too many sit-ups. Amazing that you can open up someone, fix them and have no post op pain. I appreciate your surgical skills and follow up the next day at my hotel. If you have a patient that has anxiety about this procedure, feel free to share my number and I will gladly talk them thru it.

Take care,

Kevin Mullin DDS.


November 6, 2015

Dear Dr. Petersen:

Thank you for all you did for me these last few weeks.

You took on a complicated case and did a masterful job. You had several difficult post-surgical challenges and every time made the right call. Your skill, depth of knowledge and experience is unparalleled. Your bedside manner was immensely comforting to me, especially as l was experiencing a level of stress that I have never before imagined.

I will always be grateful that you took my case and gave me my life back.

I hold you in the highest esteem. May God bless you and prosper you in all that you do.

Mike Patton

After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:10-11


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The Future

Doctors as well as patients are very concerned about what will happen to American health care in the future. It is our belief that the essence of health care is the doctor-patient relationship. No Insurance Surgery is committed to providing high quality care to patients today without the need for public or private third parties.