Boston Surgeon Offers Rare Approach to Hernia Repairs


(BOSTON) February 13, 2019 — Michael Reinhorn, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon at Boston Hernia who has performed more than 3,000 hernia operations and has nearly 20 years of surgical experience. He is one of only seven surgeons in the United States who routinely performs the Advanced Open Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair, which results in decreased recovery time, post-operative pain, and hernia recurrence when compared to laparoscopic hernia surgery. Boston Hernia is a surgical practice for hernia repairs that opened its doors in Boston, MA of late October 2018.

The Advanced Open Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair uses an open surgery approach to make a single incision in the groin and patch the hernia using mesh. The mesh is placed under the hernia defect, between the abdominal muscles and intestines, and is held in place by the patient’s abdominal pressure. After a two week recovery period, scar tissue will generate and bind the mesh with the abdominal wall to prevent any shifting. Patients who choose this approach experience little pain and have a quicker return to activity.

With laparoscopic surgery, the patient will receive multiple incisions in their abdomen and their stomach is expanded in order to place the mesh. This requires general anesthesia and is typically more painful.

Advanced Open Preperitoneal Inguinal Hernia Repair Recovery & Outcomes

In 2017, Dr. Reinhorn surveyed nearly 185 of his patients to measure their surgical outcomes related to pain, opioid use, and days of work missed. He discovered the following results:

  • Over half (59.5%) did not require prescription opioid medications to manage pain
  • Of the patients that did take prescription opioid medications for their pain after surgery, most took four pills or less
  • 2/3 returned to work after missing only three days or less
  • All patients returned to their daily activity within 2-3 weeks

As a result of these findings, Boston Hernia has since changed their prescription from 10 to six opioid tablets for most patients.

About Michael Reinhorn

Michael Reinhorn has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell University, his Doctor of Medicine degree from Boston University School of Medicine, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Brandeis Heller School for Social Policy and Management. He completed his surgical residency at Boston University in 2001 and has since won 22 awards and contributed to at least five publications in the medical industry.

About Boston Hernia 
Boston Hernia is a one-of-a-kind surgical practice that provides care for patients with an inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, epigastric hernia, or ventral hernia. They partner with outpatient surgical centers and hospitals, primarily Newton-Wellesley Hospital, to ensure patients receive the highest quality care and surgical outcomes in the New England area.