Hernia Surgery

Bon Secours uses the most advanced technology to provide leading-edge, personalized care to all patients needing hernia surgery.   


When an organ or another internal structure protrudes through a weakened portion of muscle or tissue, that condition is known as a hernia. Some hernias have no symptoms and do not even need treatment, while others can be very painful and require immediate medical attention.

If you think you have a hernia, and need to make an appointment with a Bon Secours surgeon, please call: 

Portsmouth/Harbour View, (757) 483-3030

Norfolk, (757) 278-2220

Based on your symptoms, we'll help you find the care you need as quickly as possible.

Our team of highly skilled surgeons, together with an outstanding surgical-nursing and support staff, is here to help when you need hernia surgery or repair, with minimally invasive procedures that result in less pain, fewer incisions and shorter hospital stays.

Hernia Treatments

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Treatment varies depending on the type of hernia, the severity of symptoms, the presence of coexisting diseases, and your age and medical history. Treatment of hernia includes an individualized, multifaceted plan that minimizes the discomfort of symptoms and decreases the risk of developing complications, such as a strangulated hernia or respiratory distress.


Bon Secours treats a wide range of hernia repairs:

Epigastric hernias are lumps or bulges that occur in the upper part of the stomach. This area is known as the epigastrium and is above the navel just below the breastbone.

They can be present from birth and vary in size. It is possible to have more than one epigastric hernia at a time.

A epigastric hernia is small, with the lining of the abdomen breaking through the surrounding tissue. Larger hernias can cause fatty tissue or part of the stomach to push through.

Femoral hernias are caused by a bulge in the upper part of the thigh near the groin area.

A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach protrudes up through the diaphragm into your chest cavity. The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that helps you breathe by contracting and drawing air into the lungs. It separates the organs in your abdomen from those in your chest.

This type of hernia is most common in people over 50 years old. If a child has the condition, it’s typically caused by a congenital birth defect. Hiatal hernias almost always cause gastroesophageal reflux, which is when the stomach contents leak backward into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation.

Common symptoms of a hiatal hernia include:

  • Acid reflux, which is when stomach acid moves backward into the esophagus causing a burning sensation
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • In some cases, hernias have no symptoms. You may not know you have a hernia unless it shows up during a routine physical or a medical exam for an unrelated problem
Incisional hernias can occur after you’ve had abdominal surgery. Your intestines may push through the incision scar or the surrounding, weakened tissue.

Inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia. They make up about 70 percent of all hernias, according to the British Hernia Centre (BHC). These hernias occur when the intestines push through a weak spot or tear in the lower abdominal wall, often in the inguinal canal.

The inguinal canal is found in your groin. In men, it’s the area where the spermatic cord passes from the abdomen to the scrotum. This cord holds up the testicles. In women, the inguinal canal contains a ligament that helps hold the uterus in place.

This type of hernia is more common in men than women. This is because a man’s testicles descend through the inguinal canal shortly after birth, and the canal is supposed to close almost completely behind them. Sometimes, the canal doesn’t close properly and leaves a weakened area prone to hernias.

Common symptoms of an inguinal hernia include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the affected area (usually the lower abdomen), especially when bending over, coughing, or lifting
  • Weakness, pressure, or a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen
  • Burning, gurgling, or aching sensation at the site of the bulge
Umbilical hernias can occur in children and babies under 6 months old. This happens when their intestines bulge through their abdominal wall near their bellybutton. You may notice a bulge in or near your child’s bellybutton, especially when they’re crying.

An umbilical hernia is the only kind that often goes away on its own as the abdominal wall muscles get stronger, typically by the time the child is 1 years old. If the hernia hasn’t gone away by this point, surgery may be used to correct it.