MUST READ – New Healthcare Law in MA

On January 1, 2021, Governor Baker signed An Act Promoting a Resilient Health Care System that Puts Patients First.

We are required to tell you what insurance products we participate in.  Here is the list.  If your insurance is not on this list, we do not have a contract with your insurance and you will be charged our usual and customary fee for a consultation which will be $650.

We will submit a claim to your insurance company and you may owe us less than that, if your insurance company provides us with an alternative agreement that they may have negotiated with one of the insurance products. If you find this paragraph confusing, you are not alone as the insurance industry makes it so complicated that it is challenging for small practices like ours to be transparent.  This is the best we can do!  If your primary care provider is in the MGB network, we are contracted through the same insurances, and you will be in network. If your PCP is outside of the MGB network, we would love to see you, and you don’t see your insurance on this list, you should always call your insurance company to double check and see if we are “in-network”, otherwise you may receive a bill from us for our full consultation fee of $650.


Our name makes it clear: our focus is performing hernia surgery. This has allowed us to continually perfect hernia surgery and the care we provide, before and after surgery, for the benefit of our patients.

Unlike most general surgeons who perform a range of procedures—breast surgery, colon surgery, appendix removal, gallbladder surgery, along with hernia surgery—we decided to specialize in ambulatory hernia care. The result is superior outcomes for our patients.

Here are four things you should know about Boston Hernia:


  • Our clinical team will give you the time you need and answer all your questions.
  • Because you are likely to have minimal pain after surgery, you probably won’t need to take any opioid medication. That is true for more than 70% of our patients. (Visit our Opioid Reduction page for details.)
  • You’ll return to work and regular activities quickly. Most of our patients are surprised at just how quickly this happens; 40% of our patients report missing no work at all. (Visit our Fast Recovery page for details.)
  • You’ll feel confident knowing that your surgeon specializes in hernia surgery—and has a proven track record of refining both the surgical technique and the care that patients receive. We perform more than 500 hernia repairs per year.


“Few surgeons across the U.S. perform hernia surgery the way we do,” explains Dr. Reinhorn. “We operate through a small, open incision, which allows us to place mesh behind the abdominal wall. This leads to less pain and a faster recovery—clear benefits to our patients. I’ve been performing hernia repairs this way for 20 years.”

He and Lauren Ott, PA-C, work together as a team, see every patient and are committed to providing outstanding care.




We perform minimally invasive surgery to repair an umbilical/ventral hernia. This involves making a small incision in your abdomen in order to gain access to your hernia or hernias. A piece of mesh is placed inside your abdomen in order to repair the hernia defect from the inside. The end result of this umbilical/ventral hernia repair is identical to laparoscopic hernia repair, but the procedure is less invasive. There is less dissection involved and local anesthesia with sedation is often used instead of general anesthesia, leading to a quicker recovery.


Inguinal Hernia Surgery Options Calculator

Use the tool below to see what surgical options are available to you.*


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  • Prior laparoscopic or robotic repair of your current hernia


* This tool is not a substitute for a surgical opinion. These options are just estimates and may not be accurate for some patients. Many more variables come into play into surgical decision making, and seeing a hernia specialist is the only way to understand which options are available and best for an individual patient. We created this page so that patients coming to see a hernia specialist are able to do more focused reading or research before or after a consultation.  Specific questions and answers can be seen in our FAQ page.  Many people have unique questions or needs that can be addressed at a consultation with a hernia surgery specialist.



Boston Hernia is a focused surgical practice located in Wellesley, MA, less than a mile from Newton-Wellesley Hospital, just outside of Boston. We provide hernia care for patients throughout New England, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, and Vermont.


Our clinic exists so we can help patients find clear-cut answers to their hernia diagnosis and repair options without having to experience the frustration of being another number on a surgeon’s agenda. We continually strive to make an impact on the lives of our patients and help them return to all the things they love.


We bring surgical decision making to the patients. The team at Boston Hernia practices a collaborative approach emphasizing the importance of spending more time with each patient, examining, educating, and discussing treatment options. We’re focused on having a medical provider be the contact at every point of care.


Dr. Nora Fullington is a specialist in inguinal hernia and umbilical hernias. She started her practice as an all-encompassing general surgeon in 2016, and in May of 2021 is joining the Boston Hernia team to specialize in the care of hernia and pilonidal patients. Due to the specialization required, Dr. Fullington and Dr. Reinhorn will be operating together to ensure reproducible quality.


“While hernia surgeries have become common, any surgery, however routine, can be dangerous. The charge, therefore, was to find a top-flight surgeon with impeccable credentials and a bulletproof track record. It was no contest. The reviews for Dr. Reinhorn were not only good but stellar- written by people who at once were credible not only because of what they said but how they said it. In July, Dr. Reinhorn, backed by a crack team, excised the hernia in a seamless 45-min procedure. I was back home three hours later. Indeed, there was expected post-surgical aftermath but I quickly was back to normal and, most important it should be stressed that I (while prescribed) took no pain medication.”

- Herb S.

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