Your primary care doctor is one of the best sources of information about how to choose a surgeon to repair your hernia. The most important question to ask a prospective surgeon is how many hernia repair surgeries they have done or do per year. While there is no minimum number per year, you should feel comfortable with the answer you get. Many general surgeons perform a high number hernia surgeries per year and have outstanding outcomes. Clinics that focus on care of inguinal hernia or umbilical hernia patients have been shown to deliver better quality in select patients.