Abdominal hernias are very common, particularly among men. Various hernias receive their name for the area of the body where they occur. Each year in the U.S. around 700,000 hernia surgeries are performed. We perform surgeries to correct various hernias at Northwestern Surgical Associates.
Dr. Wilson H. Hartz III has the most extensive experience treating inguinal hernias at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mark T Toyama has the most extensive experience with laparoscopic hernia repair and Sports Hernias at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Jeffrey S Fronza has expertise in abdominal wall reconstruction and mesh free, natural tissue inguinal hernia repair.
All of the surgeons at Northwestern Surgical Associates are masters of hernia repair. Whether it is a straightforward inguinal hernia or a complex abdominal wall reconstruction, our surgeons have the expertise to best treat your disease. All patients with inguinal hernias and most patients with other abdominal wall hernias can be treated on an outpatient basis with quick resumption of normal activity.
Our surgeons train others in the community in the latest techniques in hernia repair, and pride themselves on an uncommonly low rate of recurrence. In Dr. Hartz’s personal series of inguinal hernia repair, his recurrence rate is less than 0.5%. Dr. Fronza has perfected the mesh free inguinal hernia repair utilizing the techniques of the Shouldice Clinic, which has set the gold standard natural tissue hernia repair for 70 years. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons to discuss the best approach to your hernia.
What is Abdominal Wall Reconstruction?
Large or recurrent hernias can present a unique and difficult challenge. Abdominal wall reconstruction utilizes complex maneuvers to both fix the hernia AND restore the structural and functional continuity of the abdominal core.
Frequently Asked Questions
Educational Videos - Abdominal Wall Hernias
American College of Surgeons Educational Sheet - Ventral Hernia Repair
American College of Surgeons Educational Sheet - Umbilical Hernia Repair
American College of Surgeons Educational Sheet - Inguinal Hernia Repair
Surgical Patient Education For a Better Recovery
SAGES Patient Brochure on Ventral Hernia Repair