Each year, more than 5 million people in the United States are treated for hernias – that’s why we’ve established the Hurley Hernia Center of Excellence, the only one in the region.
The Right Treatment Tailored for You
At Hurley’s Hernia Center of Excellence, we are the experts in developing effective, minimally invasive procedures based on each patient’s individual needs. Our surgeons have extensive experience repairing all types of hernias, but equally important is their ability to discuss treatment alternatives with patients and walk them through their options for repair, including the benefits and possible complications. The goal of the Hurley Hernia program is rapid recovery, getting patients back to doing what they love most, free of hernia pain.
Whether it is a non-mesh (also called tissue based or primary repair), or the most common procedure for inguinal hernia repair–the mesh-based Lichtenstein Repair–treatment will be determined on a case-by-case basis. We strive to give our patients the tools needed to make an informed decision with guidance from a board certified surgeon responsible for hundreds of successful hernia repairs each year. What is best for the patient–and what leads to the least chance of recurrence–will always be our guide.
Our Advanced Approach:
- Is safe and fully effective
- Offers minimally invasive procedures, often done robotically and on an outpatient basis
- Results in the lowest incidence of recurrent inguinal hernias (under 10% and often as low as 2% in robotic/laparoscopic procedures versus open)
- Minimizes discomfort and scarring after surgery
- Promotes rapid recovery and a return to normal activity in days
The Benefits of Mesh
- Decreased risk of recurrence, under 10% in most studies; In some studies as low as under 5%
- For Ventral/Umbilical hernias, there is a 9% recurrence rate using trusted meshes versus a 20-30% recurrence rate with non-mesh repairs
- Procedures can be performed robotically or laparoscopically, so there is no possibility of nerve injury or scarring
- Decreases the chance of hernia recurrence even with factors such as smoking, diabetes, obesity and job risks–all of which typically lead to increased recurrence
- Many options for meshes, including a bio-synthetic material that can dissolve over time
- Chosen specifically for each patient on a case-by-case basis
Not all hernias are the same. That’s why we don’t use the same mesh product for all hernias. Instead we select the one best suited for each patient, taking into consideration the size and location of the hernia. Some of our meshes are bio-synthetic, meaning they degrade and dissolve over time, and can be used for patients fitting certain criteria. All of our meshes are from trusted manufacturers offering the most advanced industry solutions.
While all of Hurley’s surgeons are capable of performing a non-mesh repair, typically used for inguinal/groin hernias, one thing to consider is that these types of repairs have to be done through an open incision and cannot be performed robotically or laparoscopically. Non-mesh repair can generally be used on less active patients with small defects of under two centimeters. This approach is often not an option for the typical hernia patient, who may be overweight and have multiple hernias that are not felt upon examination or seen on CT imaging, but discovered during surgery. Mesh placement is vital for long-term results, especially for patients with comorbidities such as smoking, diabetes and obesity, or whose job requires heavy lifting.
Hernias Treated at Hurley
- Inguinal Hernia
- Ventral Hernia
- Femoral/Groin Hernia
- Umbilical Hernia
- Epigastric Hernia
- Hiatal Hernia
- Paraesophageal Hernia
- Abdominal Hernia
- Recurrent Hernia
Hurley’s expertise in both routine and complex hernia surgeries assures that all of our patients receive the safest and most effective repair available while benefiting from smaller incisions, fewer stitches, less pain and much faster recoveries.