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Hernia pain can slow you down and negatively affect your quality of life. At the Penn Hernia Center, you receive expert care for all types of hernias—including the most complex types. With convenient locations throughout the Philadelphia region and virtual visits, we make it easy for you to address hernia symptoms and get back to your daily routine.

Getting Evaluated for a Hernia

A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall that allows tissue inside your body push into an area where it shouldn't be. For example, a weakened muscle can create an opening for a small piece of tissue (most commonly fat or intestine tissue) to bulge through. A hernia appears as a bulge of tissue under the skin (often in the belly or groin area).

There are several types of hernias. A hernia commonly occurs in the midsection (abdomen) or groin. It may cause discomfort or pain. Some people experience no pain at all. Hernias cannot be fixed with medications. They usually require surgery to repair.

Hernia Care: The Penn Medicine Advantage

Penn Hernia Center has exceptional expertise to treat common and complex hernias. We ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis and precise treatment.

Penn Hernia Center stands out for its:

  • Distinguished experts: No matter how complex the problem, you're in skilled hands here. Penn's hernia care team offers a level of experience that's unmatched at most centers in the U.S. Our renowned surgical specialists consistently rank among the best in the region and the country. Meet our team.
  • Leading hernia treatments: We offer a full array of advanced hernia treatments, tailored to your needs and preferences. Penn surgeons have a long track record of performing hernia surgery with less-invasive techniques, such as small incisions and robotic technology. These advances help many people have a quicker recovery and fewer complications. Learn more about hernia surgery.
  • Convenient locations: We understand the hurdles life can throw at you. We go above and beyond to make our experts as accessible as possible. Penn Hernia Center's 11 locations in and around Philadelphia allow you to seek care where it's most convenient.
  • Support during recovery: You can count on our team's support right after surgery and in the months ahead. Our hernia surgery recovery and rehabilitation help you heal and prevent future problems. We'll guide you to physical therapy and nutritional counseling, which reduces the chances of a hernia coming back later.
  • Hernia research: Our ongoing hernia research efforts seek to uncover new therapies and offer insights into hernia prevention. Knowing the nuances of what puts someone at risk for a hernia helps us fine-tune our care approach to better treat hernias and sometimes prevent them altogether.

Connect with Penn's Multidisciplinary Hernia Specialists

Penn Hernia Center is the only program in the region where different types of specialists work together to streamline hernia treatment. Our team of doctors, nurses, physical therapists and support staff all work together to come up with the best plan for recovery.

Plastic surgeons with hernia expertise work alongside skilled general surgeons to repair the most complex hernias. In abdominal wall reconstruction surgery, we use advanced techniques to rebuild the muscles of the abdominal wall and improve patients' quality of life significantly.

Request an Appointment

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Hernia Research

Penn Medicine's hernia research program conducts ongoing investigational studies to develop new treatments for those suffering from hernias.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Hernia recovery and rehabilitation is important for healthy healing and prevention of future hernias. We can help you get back to your life.


Meet the team of experts who are associated with the Penn Hernia Center.

What Is a Hernia?

The symptoms and causes of a hernia vary depending on several factors. Learn about complex and recurrent hernias.
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