COVID-19 update –  

October 3, 2020 – We continue to be vigilant in protecting our patients and staff. In person appointments are being offered to all patients in MA or immidiatly bordering states.  We don’t expect to see patients from outside New England until a vaccine has been widely adopted. Telemedicine visits are being used for postoperative visits at this time for our patients convenience.

We are scheduling both urgent and elective surgery.  A negative Covid test is required 48-72 hours prior to any surgery. 

Due to the pandemic we are only seeing patients in person from our neighboring states – Masks are required in our office at all times.


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 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.




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. Michael Reinhorn is a specialist in inguinal hernia and umbilical hernias. He started his practice as an all-encompassing general surgeon in 2001, and in 2012, he started to specialize in the care of hernia and pilonidal patients resulting in a focused practice designed to provide a superior clinical experience.


“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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