Midwest Hernia Center

Living better without your hernia

At Midwest Hernia Center, we personalize our services to best suit each patient.

During the past two decades, Midwest Hernia Center has become a leader in the most valuable advances in hernia surgery. Our experienced surgeons continually seek out innovations in hernia repair methods. Patients travel from around the world to benefit from our expertise.

Surgery is the best treatment

A hernia will not heal on its own. Surgery is needed to repair the defect in the abdominal wall. If not treated, a hernia can get larger. It can also lead to serious medical complications. The good news is that hernia surgery can be done quickly and safely, and in most cases, you can go home the same day as your surgery.

Surgery is often the best solution for the discomfort of a hernia. Hernia surgeries are typically out-patient procedures, and patients can return to ordinary activities within a few days. There are two types of surgeries we most often perform are Open Mesh Repair and Laparoscopic Repair.

Hernias often show up as a bulge under the skin and pain is a typical symptom.

Surgeries are performed at Fairview Southdale Hospital and Fairview Ridges Hospital.

Abdominal pain? It could be a hernia

If you experience abdominal pain when lifting, coughing, urinating or during other activities, you may have a hernia. A hernia is a weakness in the wall of the abdomen that allows its contents to push outward, potentially causing a bulge under the skin. Pain can either be dull or sharp and may radiate into the hip, back and legs, and may subside when you lie down or rest.

The type of hernia you have depends on its location. Most hernias form in the groin at or near what is known as the internal ring. This is the entrance to a canal between the abdomen and groin. Hernias can also occur in the abdomen, thigh, or genitals. Common types of hernia include:

Incisional hernia – occurs at the site of a previous surgical incision
Umbilical hernia – occurs at the navel
Indirect inguinal hernia – occurs in the groin at the internal ring
Direct inguinal hernia – occurs in the groin near the internal ring
Femoral hernia – occurs just below the groin
Epigastric hernia – occurs in the upper abdomen at the midline
Hiatal hernia
Sports hernia

About Us

In the mid 1980's, traditional hernia treatments seemed frustratingly painful and imperfect to our physicians. Midwest Hernia Center physicians sought out safer and better solutions, performing extensive research on hernia treatment. Based on the findings, dramatic changes were made in how we treat hernias.

Using durable synthetic mesh became the preferred mode of treatment. With this technique, surgeons could use local anesthesia with sedation, instead of riskier general anesthesia. Eventually, less-invasive laparoscopic surgery became available, further improving patient recovery times.

Midwest Hernia Center now has ten experienced surgeons, who regularly receive training on the latest techniques in hernia repair. We continually seek out innovations in hernia repair methods and products, and patients travel from around the world to benefit from our expertise. Our surgeons have become leaders in treating sports hernias, and have operated on hundreds of amateur and professional athletes, most of whom return to athletic activity – pain-free.

Although we’ve grown in size and recognition over the last two decades, we’ll always remain dedicated to our mission of providing the best, patient-centered hernia repair. We continue to use proven advances that yield the least possible discomfort and the fastest possible recovery.