Hernia Surgery 

Come to the Experts to Treat Your Hernia

Do not live with the risk of serious complications an untreated hernia may cause.  Whether your hernia was present at birth, or you developed it at any time during your life, it will not heal without a procedure to repair it. Choose the Hernia Surgery Center, which offers patients the expertise of highly experienced and skilled surgeons, nurse navigators, therapists and medical assistants. We surround our patients with compassionate and individualized care. Our patients are part of the decision-making process and are actively involved in the development of the best treatment plan for them.

Diseases and Conditions

At the Hernia Surgery Center at West Suburban, our experts have extensive experience in treating the following types of hernia. Our nurse navigator will guide you throughout the process. We invite you to come to us for second opinion for all hernia cases, from simple to very complex.

  • Femoral Hernia

  • Hiatal Hernia

  • Incisional Hernia

  • Inguinal Hernia

  • Ventral Hernia

Treatments & Procedures

According to research, surgery is the only way to effectively repair a hernia and provide lasting relief of hernia-related symptoms. Hernias will not heal without surgery. Hernia repair surgery is a routine medical procedure, which is considered routine. Consider these facts:

  • Most hernia repairs are performed in an outpatient setting.
  • Most hernia repair surgeries use local anesthesia or epidural instead of general anesthesia.
  • Most hernia repairs can be done through one small incision.
  • Most hernia repairs are completed within 45 minutes.
  • There is no need for pain medication with most hernia repairs.

At West Suburban Medical Center, we offer the following approaches to hernia repair surgery:

Open Surgery 
The surgeon makes a small incision in the skin near the hernia bulge to allow the surgeon a direct view of the hernia.  After the hernia is repaired, the incision is closed with sutures. 

Minimally Invasive or Laparoscopic Surgery 
During this type of surgery, the surgeon makes two to four small incisions in the abdomen and inserts surgical instruments and a camera into them.  Next, the abdomen is inflated to allow the surgeon has sufficient space to work inside the patient’s body. The surgeon views the surgical site on a television screen connected to the camera inside the body and uses specialized instruments to repair the hernia. Once the repair is complete, the gas used to inflate the patient’s abdomen is released and the abdomen returns to normal.

Complex Hernia Repair Surgery
This may involve removing a large abdominal panniculus (a dense layer of fatty tissue growth) or tummy tuck, in addition to repairing the abdominal muscles so that they function properly.

Tension-Free Hernia Repair
At West Suburban Medical Center, we offer patients a "tension-free" hernia repair by using special material called mesh. The mesh allows the surgeon to “patch” the gap in the tissue with few sutures instead of connecting tissue together with multiple sutures.  The patch may consist of polypropylene or biologic tissue.

Frequently Asked Questions