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Hernia Institute


Hernia Institute Clinic Locations

Hernia Surgery

Discover exceptional hernia care and treatment options, including evaluation and surgical interventions—open, minimally invasive, and robotic surgical repair. Our specialists are committed to providing top-tier hernia care, utilizing the latest techniques and personalized treatment plans to ensure your well-being. 

Symptoms that might indicate a hernia include a visible lump or bulge, persistent discomfort, or a bulge that appears when the body is in some positions and then disappears when the body is in other positions. It’s essential to consult with a hernia specialist for diagnosis because left untreated, dangerous complications—obstruction and strangulation—can occur. Our experts are skilled in determining if hernia surgery is the best course of action for your specific situation, based on the hernia’s size, your symptoms and health. 

Our team has extensive experience in addressing a wide range of hernias, including these common types:

  • Inguinal hernia – the most common type of hernia, typically appearing in a weak spot in the abdominal muscles near the groin

  • Umbilical hernia – the type of hernia that occurs in the abdominal muscles near the belly button, often noticeable when straining

  • Incisional hernia – the type of hernia that develops at the site of previous surgical incisions 

We understand the unique challenges posed by each and offer specialized care tailored to your specific hernia subtype. 


Seeking a second opinion is a common practice that enhances patient confidence and peace of mind. Maybe you’ve received a hernia diagnosis elsewhere and are interested in confirming the diagnosis and evaluating your treatment options. Our expert surgeons are ready to provide a thorough evaluation and comprehensive second opinion, which could reveal the opportunity for different approaches or techniques.

We take a patient-centered approach to hernia surgery, based on each individual patient’s specific condition and overall health. And to provide the best individual outcomes, we make a variety of surgical options available, including both open and laparoscopic techniques. Incorporating the latest advancements in minimally invasive techniques and state-of-the-art robotic procedures. We also provide top tier postoperative care plans after surgery, specific to the individual patient’s surgery and overall health. You’ll have a clear understanding of your recovery time and postoperative follow up. 

We provide access to minimally invasive hernia surgery, with benefits that include smaller incisions, reduced pain, and quicker recovery. Using advanced technology, such as laparoscopy, in performing minimally invasive procedures, we’re able to minimize tissue trauma, optimize surgical precision, and often facilitate a faster recovery. Patients are evaluated for minimally invasive surgery based on their specific hernia type and overall health status.

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Hospital Information

St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center

The Surgeons of the Dignity Health Hernia Institute perform their surgeries at the Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. It offers state of the art technology to empower advanced level care.