Hernia

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall or groin. They are very common and are often associated with a bulge caused by tissue or internal organs protruding through the hole. Your Digestive Health Center doctor can help diagnose and guide your hernia disease management. Some small hernias can be monitored, but surgical repair is the only effective treatment.

Approximately 1 million abdominal-wall hernia repairs are performed each year in the United States. The hernia disease experts at Hartford Hospital offer state of the art, minimally invasive repair options even for the most complex hernias.


If You Need Surgery

The hernia specialists at Hartford Hospital approach hernia repair as a team. We work together to provide safe, effective hernia repair personalized for your specific needs. We use proven technology and advanced surgical techniques to avoid unnecessary discomfort and quickly get you back to normal life. Our Hernia Center doctors are known for their ability to handle the most complex cases, such as rebuilding a patient’s abdominal wall in a nine-hour surgery in a procedure called a complex abdominal wall reconstruction.

How is a hernia different?

“A hernia is different from a muscle sprain or strain,” says Dr. Chike Chukwumah, a Digestive Health Center doctor who’s also director of the Hartford Hospital Hernia Center. “A hernia does not heal or fix itself.”


Conditions We Treat

Hernias, usually found in the abdomen or groin, can also develop in the upper thigh and belly button. Here are the most common types:

Inguinal: Intestines push through the lower abdominal wall, usually in the inguinal canal in your groin.

Hiatal: Part of your stomach bulges through the muscle between the abdomen and diaphragm, then into your chest cavity.

Umbilical: Fat or intestines protrude through the abdominal wall near the bellybutton.

Other types of hernia:

  • Femoral: Another groin hernia noted by fat or intestines pushing though the femoral canal. These are more common in women than men.
  • Incisional: A hernia that develops at the site of a previous incision
  • Epigastric: A hole in the upper portion of the abdominal wall

The Hernia Center


Common Symptoms of a Hernia

  • Bulge in abdomen
  • Pain or pressure
  • Burning sensation
  • Bloating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Change in frequency of bowel movements

Screenings & Tests/Treatments

Ultrasound: Sound waves create images of your abdomen and pelvic organs.

Computer Tomography (CT): Computer-processed X-ray measurements, sometimes supplemented with a special dye called contrast material that highlights the part of your body being examined.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): If physical activity worsens hernia pain, your doctor might recommend this test that uses radio waves and a magnetic field to determine if there’s a tear in your abdominal muscles even if no bulge is visible.


Hernia procedures:

  • Open Tension Free Mesh Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Open Umbilical Hernia Repair with or without mesh
  • Laparoscopic Umbilical/Ventral/Incisional Hernia Repairs with mesh
  • Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (open and minimally invasive)
  • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR)
  • Spigelian Hernia Repair
  • Lumbar Repair
  • Parastomal Hernia Repair

The Hernia Center


Make an Appointment

Call to schedule an appointment with a GI specialist at Hartford Hospital.
Ask your doctor for a referral before you call.

Call 833.431.0004


Meet our Hernia Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Baker, Lisa Susan, APRN 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
Banever, Thomas Clark, MD, FACS 860.249.9189
  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Hartford
Bliss, Lindsay Ann, MD, MPH 860.246.2071
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Caushaj, Fillor F., MD, PhD, FACS, FACG, FSSO 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • New Britain
  • West Hartford
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Chukwumah, Chike V., MD
5.0 /5
96 surveys
860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
  • South Windsor
  • West Hartford
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Curtis, David Eugene, MD
4.8 /5
86 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Hepatobiliary and Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
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Daoud, Vladimir Paul, MD 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • West Hartford
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Hannoush, Edward J., MD
4.8 /5
81 surveys
860.224.5161
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • Southington
  • West Hartford
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Meehan, Lindsey Randle, PA-C, MPAS 860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Avon
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Papasavas, Pavlos K., MD, FACS, FASMBS
4.9 /5
96 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
  • South Windsor
  • West Hartford
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Shaikh, Inam Ahmed, MD 860.489.7017
  • General Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
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  • Torrington
  • Torrington
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Tishler, Darren Scott, MD, FACS, FASMBS
4.9 /5
107 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Glastonbury
  • Enfield
  • Farmington
  • Manchester
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Hernia Disease Experts


Approximately 1 million abdominal-wall hernia repairs are performed each year in the United States.

The hernia disease experts at Hartford Hospital offer state of the art, minimally invasive repair options even for the most complex hernias.


Digestive Health Center

  • Hartford Hospital
    85 Jefferson Street
    Hartford, CT 06102
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  • To connect with one of our expert Digestive Health specialists, call 833.431.0004