Boston Hernia Surgeons Recognized as National Leaders in Quality Hernia Care

Wednesday August 2nd, 2023
Boston Hernia - Wellesley, MA

Boston Hernia has always been focused on improving the quality of hernia care. As active members of the Abdominal Core Health Quality Collaborative (ACHQC), a coalition of hernia surgeons committed to quality and value of care for patients with hernia or other abdominal wall diseases, Boston Hernia surgeons have dedicated time and effort to constant quality improvement. The ACHQC recently developed a Verified Surgeon program which distinguishes certain participating surgeons for their outstanding level of dedication to the organization’s mission. Both Boston Hernia surgeons, the only two surgeons recognized in New England, were included on this short list. 

Boston Hernia was founded on the belief that the quality of hernia care can and should be improved- that dangerous and life altering complications like the development of chronic pain (afflicting 5-15% of patients after hernia repair) should not occur. Through their efforts to better tailor surgeries to patients’ needs, dedication to patient education and awareness, and employment of surgical approaches with significant advantages in recovery and reduction of complication risks, Boston Hernia has set the bar for quality in hernia care. We are very proud to have our hard work recognized by the ACHQC and are most proud of how this work has led to better outcomes for our patients. Read more… 



Boston Hernia publishes outcomes in Journal Hernia

Tuesday March, 14, 2023
Boston Hernia - Wellesley, MA

After years of collecting post-operative data in the ACHQC, the team at Boston Hernia finally published their research showing short- and long-term advantages of the open preperitoneal hernia repair compared to robotic and laparoscopic for inguinal hernia when performed in a high-volume center. The open preperitoneal (OPP) repair, performed by Drs. Fullington and Reinhorn about 750 times per year, virtually eliminates chronic postoperative inguinal pain, an all too common complication after traditional hernia surgery. When compared to laparoscopic and robotic hernia repairs, OPP results in lower opioid use and improved patient reported quality of life. The open preperitoneal repair is typically done under local anesthesia with sedation (avoiding general anesthesia), and without expensive laparoscopic or robotic equipment, which makes it more cost effective.

Our published paper in Journal Hernia is quite technical, but the data shows what we have known anecdotally for years: patients recover faster with less pain, less opioids, and lower complication rate when they have an open preperitoneal repair performed by a high volume hernia surgeon like Dr. Fullington or Dr. Reinhorn.


Boston Hernia Surgeons Collaborate to Reduce Opioid Prescriptions

This fall, the Abdominal Core Health Quality Collaborative (ACHQC) Opioid Reduction Task Force, headed by Dr. Michael Reinhorn, published its first manuscript related to the work that the task force has been doing for years trying to reduce opioid prescribing habits by hernia surgeons. The ACHQC was formed to have dedicated hernia surgeons work together to implement quality improvement projects related to hernia surgery. Thanks to the leadership of the ACHQC, Dr. Reinhorn was tasked with creating and leading the Opioid Reduction Task Force with the goal of improving postoperative pain management while decreasing patient opioid use.

Almost six years ago, the co-founders of Boston Hernia, Dr. Reinhorn and Lauren Ott, PA-C, examined their patients’ opioid use after hernia surgery. They then compared....Read more



Dr. Reinhorn Elected to the ACHQC Board - Winter 2020-2021

At the end of 2020, the Americas Hernia Society (AHS) elected Dr. Reinhorn to serve as an AHS representative to the Abdominal Core Health Quality Collaborative (ACHQC) board.  Dr. Reinhorn is joined by several surgeons throughout the United States who are committed to improving the quality of hernia surgery. Since 2018, Dr. Reinhorn has chaired the Opioid Reduction Task for of the ACHQC, and has led national efforts to reduce opioid prescribing after hernia surgery. By joining the board of the ACHQC, Dr. Reinhorn is able to further influence quality improvement initiatives across the country. The ACHQC was initially started as the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative in 2013.  Since then over 450 surgeons throughout the country have voluntarily registered over 75,000 patients into the registry.

Information about the ACHQC  quoted from the ACHQC website 

“About the ACHQC: Through continuous quality improvement, real world data collection, rigorous analysis and collaborative learning, the ACHQC identifies areas where abdominal core health may be enhanced and shares this information in meaningful ways that have direct impact on patient care. The ACHQC is a CMS Qualified Clinical Data Registry and is an authoritative resource for organizations to assess quality metrics and demonstrate a commitment to efficient, value-based patient centered care. Participation in the ACHQC is free to surgeons and fulfills Part 4 of the American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification Program.”


NBC 10 Boston pays Boston Hernia a visit - Summer 2019


Summer 2019 -

Dr. Reinhorn was recently interviewed by Kristy Lee of Boston NBC Chanel 10.  She asked some very insightful questions about the approach we use to inguinal hernia repair. Kristy shows an actual bicycle tire, in order to explain the differences between the way we fix a hernia and the way most surgeons repair a hernia.



Publication on Opioid Prescribing - Summer 2017


Lauren Ott and Michael Reinhorn partnered with surgeons from the MGH to study the number of opioid tablets prescribed for hernia surgery.  They were innterviewed in the local Newton Tab while the MGH published an article about their work.  As a result of this work, Dr. Reinhorn is helping lead an effort to measure and reduce opioid prescribing nationally through the Americas Hernia Society.