• Fast Recovery Inguinal Hernia Surgery

    The advanced open preperitoneal inguinal hernia repair that Dr. Reinhorn performs allows for faster hernia recovery than many other types of inguinal hernia surgery.

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  • Hernia FAQ

    We have created a hernia FAQ page to answer some of the most common questions we get about hernias, hernia surgery, and recovery from hernia surgery.

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  • Post-Op Info

    Instructions for recovery from advanced open preperitoneal inguinal hernia surgery.

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Welcome to Boston Hernia


Advances in surgical care happen quickly. Since 2001, Dr. Michael Reinhorn and his team have specialized in several diseases in order to provide patients with the highest quality care in the metropolitan Boston area of Massachusetts. We have expertise in inguinal and umbilical hernia repair as well as pilonidal disease. This site was created to simplify the process of learning about hernias and the surgical options for hernia repair. Specific information about both inguinal hernia and umbilical hernias can be found throughout the site. If you are interested in more information from an experienced hernia surgeon, we are happy to see you for a consultation.


Advanced Open Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair

The video to the right shows Dr. Reinhorn performing and talking through the advanced open preperitoneal repair.

This type of repair combines the advantage of both open and laparoscopic hernia repairs. Mesh is placed in the preperitoneal space, in the same space as a laparoscopic repair. This is done under direct visualization through a small incision in the groin, which often times allows for the repair to be done under local anesthesia with sedation rather than general anesthesia. By placing the hernia mesh under the abdominal muscles, this hernia surgery reduces the risk of problems after surgery, when compared to other approaches.

Patients that undergo this type of repair have less immediate postoperative pain compared to other types of hernia repair. Over half of our patients only require over the counter pain medication after surgery. Check out the video to learn more and watch Dr. Reinhorn perform the advanced open preperitoneal inguinal hernia repair.

Minimally Invasive Open Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair

Dr Reinhorn has performed this repair over 2000 times with excellent results on patients in the metropolitan Boston area and all over New England. In 2017, we published our outcomes in the journal Surgery.  For a full length video of the actual surgery, click below. In order to watch the whole video, the journal asks you to create a free account. This will take only 30 seconds and will allow you to watch the whole video.

Surgical case experience (as of 8/31/2017)

2,952 Hernia repair
150 Pilonidal cleft lift

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Our Facilities

Boston Hernia is a focused clinic within Newton-Wellesley Surgeons and is located adjacent to Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts. We provide hernia care for patients throughout New England, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut and Vermont.

Quality Outcome and Cost Data

The information is provided for educational purposes only. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional evaluation by an experienced surgeon.

Hernia Glossary

The information is provided for educational purposes only. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional evaluation by an experienced surgeon.

Dr. Reinhorn’s Professional History

More about Dr. Reinhorn’s Professional History.

Latest News


7 questions to ask before having inguinal hernia surgery

1. Are my symptoms really hernia symptoms or something else? It’s important to ask your hernia surgeon if they are sure that your symptoms are from a hernia and not a muscle strain.  Muscle strains often mimic hernia symptoms. When this happens, the hernia doctor will not feel a bulge during the office visit.  Having […]

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The Importance of Hernia Outcomes Research in Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Hernia Recurrence Outcome What is the real recurrence rate for inguinal hernia surgery?  What are hernia outcomes that are important to patients? As an inguinal hernia surgery care team, we try to find out what is important to our patients and educate them about our outcomes. One hernia outcome measure that is widely used and […]

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Is swelling after hernia surgery normal?

Swelling after inguinal hernia surgery or umbilical hernia surgery is quite common. Most of the time, swelling after hernia surgery is normal and not a sign of a problem. The most common reason for swelling is the body’s normal response to surgery. In the beginning phases of healing, the body produces extra fluid that helps […]

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Measuring Inguinal Hernia Outcomes to Reduce Opioid Prescribing by 300%

Improving inguinal hernia outcomes by measuring quality: We constantly look at ways to improve the care we provide our patients. We tirelessly work to improve our patients’ experience throughout the entire process – from initial call to final postoperative visit. This occasionally includes small changes to the actual procedures we perform and the medications we […]

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Having minimal exposure to the medical world-just one routine surgery as a child (appendicitis) in decades, and carrying an inguinal hernia for 35-years, it was with great reluctance to finally rid my otherwise healthy body of the unsightly bulge in the groin. It wasn’t painful. It was simply inconvenient and growing, albeit slowly. While hernia […]

Herb S.

Last week had hernia repair surgery done by Dr. Reinhorn with his assistant Lauren. Both demonstrated high professional skills and kindness. I would recommend this team to everyone who need. And.. it was not science, but ART. Thank you, Marlena L.

Marlena L.

Dr. Michael Reinhorn, Is an amazing Doctor & Surgeon. His staff and team are world class. I’m a Chef by trade. This was my second hernia op and he had me up and back at work in 2 days. I was able to walk the same day. My previous hernia op by another Doctor was […]

Drew B.