Hernia Surgery

Third Annual Hernia Mesh Pain Survey

The Third Annual Mesh Pain Survey is currently being updated and will launch soon. From the first two surveys we have learned much about the clinical nature and course of mesh pain and about patterns of recovery. We have also learned a lot about non-pain symptoms and problems that patients attribute to their mesh. I want to thank all of you who have previously participated. You will be receiving a notice and a link by email. Thank you in advance for your continued participation.

Second Annual Hernia Mesh Pain Survey

The continuing survey of patients recovering from hernia mesh pain has the potential to help all patients with mesh pain. We are gaining new insights into what causes the disease, what is it's natural history and what are the optimal ways to treat it. This survey is open to all patients with hernia mesh pain. The results will be placed in the public domain as aggregate data with private information protected.

Surgeons Tackle Chronic Pain at World Hernia Meeting

"Milan—Chronic groin pain after hernia surgery is now considered the most important issue facing inguinal hernia surgeons and their patients. Yet, there is still much uncertainty surrounding what causes the pain and how to prevent it." - Victoria Stern, General Surgery News

Patients with mesh pain

Patients who regret having hernia surgery with mesh tell us every day what that decision has meant to them. This is real life stuff. Not a medical study. Some are so severe we cannot publish them.

Why do reputable institutions recommend mesh?

Good surgeons and good institutions use and recommend mesh. If mesh creates so many problems why is it so popular?

Traditional Hernia Surgery

Traditional hernia surgery is an art that is making a comeback. Due the serious problems with mesh, patients are asking about alternatives to mesh. Traditional hernia surgery in the hands of an expert is the answer.

Hernia Myths

The importance of tension and technique is widely misrepresented.

A Century Later, Debate on Hernia Repair Is Stronger Than Ever

A very good article by Victoria Stern in General Surgery News that nicely lays out what the debate is all about and who is on what side. Be sure to read the following article below that gives the minority opinion.

Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal hernias are the most common hernias that we see in both men and women. They occur in the groin and may protrude into the scrotum in men.

Femoral Hernia

Femoral hernias arise in the femoral canal which is in the lower portion of the groin. They are more likely to strangulate and become an emergency than other hernias.

Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical hernias occur in the belly button. At birth the umbilical cord leaves a weakness in the abdominal wall here as the cord desiccates and disappears.

Incisional Hernia

Incisional hernias are all caused by prior abdominal surgery. They can be some of the most challenging cases for a hernia surgeon.

Diastasis Recti

A diastasis recti is not a hernia but is commonly confused for one. The distinction between a hernia and a diastasis is . . .

Epigastric Hernia

Epigastric are small but painful hernias that occur in the midline of the belly somewhere between the navel and the breast bone . .

Spigelian Hernia

Spigelian hernias are rare hernias that occur lateral to and inferior to the belly button. They are often difficult to diagnose because . . .

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia is a special type of abdominal hernia which is very different from other types of abdominal hernias. The primary treatment for these hernias is . . .

Hidden Hernia/Sports Hernia

Some hernias are not detectible by any means short of exploratory surgery. Chronic groin pain lasting more than . . .



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Hernia Surgery Cost

The average price for a hernia repair in a hospital is $14,000 but this is only the facility fee and does not include the surgeon, anesthesia or other miscellaneous fees. We provide an all inclusive package price which is a small fraction of this. The actual cost of . . .

Hernia Mesh

No meshIf you are contemplating having hernia surgery with mesh you must ask your surgeon these three things:

  1. What is my risk of developing chronic pain after mesh hernia surgery?
  2. If I get chronic pain after mesh hernia surgery what is the prognosis?
  3.  Is your surgeon experienced in non-mesh hernia repairs?


Hernia Symptoms

A bulge in the abdominal wall is the most constant symptom of a hernia. Many patients with hernias have pain and abdominal discomfort of a variety . . .

Untreated Hernia

Anyone living with a hernia needs to understand what the real risks are. Too frequently uninsured patients are dismissed by doctors who tell them that they can just live it until . . .


Hernia Diagnosis

Physical examination by a qualified physician is the most sensitive and accurate means to diagnose a hernia. X-rays such as ct scan, mri and ultrasound are of limited . . .

Hernia Remedies

Hernia surgery is the only cure for hernias but there are other remedies which may give temporary relief of symptoms and allow a patient to work while they are waiting for surgery.


Why do surgeons refuse to repair hernias without mesh?

Recovering from mesh pain

ASIA Syndrome

Video - Hernia Repair

Hernia Mesh Voices - What Mesh Victims have to say

The Standard of Care

Introducing The Hernia Letter

Seven reasons not to have mesh hernia surgery

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Hernia Repair

Cognitive Dissonance

What Patients Know

Mesh Bandwagon

Onset of Hernia Mesh Pain

Hernia Mesh Symptoms

Shouldice Hospital - Canadian Hernia Society Meeting

Results - Mesh Removal Survey II

Why does hernia mesh hurt?

Open Letter in Support of Mesh Pain Patients

Pain related sexual dysfunction after inguinal herniorrhaphy

Advice to patients with chronic pain after mesh hernia surgery

A note to hernia surgeons

Why do some surgeons say that hernia mesh should not be removed?

"Milan—Chronic groin pain after hernia surgery is now considered the most important issue facing inguinal hernia surgeons and their patients. Yet, there is still much uncertainty surrounding what causes the pain and how to prevent it." - Victoria Stern, General Surgery News

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