About Hernias

View a larger image of common hernia sitesThe Comprehensive Hernia Center is equipped to provide care to all patients with hernias and complications of hernia surgery.


Making an Appointment


Referring providers can contact the Comprehensive Hernia Center at UW Health at The American Center at (608) 440-6363 to schedule an appointment.


What is a hernia?


A hernia is a weak spot or opening in the abdominal wall. This opening in the abdominal wall allows tissue (an organ or fatty tissue) to bulge through.


Types of Hernias

Common hernias

  • Epigastric hernia: Upper abdomen between the breastbone and the belly button
  • Umbilical hernia: Belly button
  • Incisional hernia: The result of an incision
  • Flank or lumbar hernia: Back or side of the abdominal wall
  • Hiatal hernia: Lower esophagus and stomach slide up through an opening in the diaphragm called a hiatus
  • Inguinal hernia: Groin
  • Femoral hernia: Upper thigh
  • Obturator hernia: Pelvic floor
  • Recurrent hernia: A repeat hernia where the original repair was unsuccessful
  • Large, loss-of-domain hernias: An incisional hernia which created a larger-scale defect in the abdominal wall with herniation of most abdominal contents
  • Complex hernias: Due to a compromised abdominal wall, subxiphoid, suprapubic or lumbar hernia or other complication

We also treat groin pain due to:

  • Sports hernia: Tear or strain of the different tissues (muscle, tendon or ligament) in the groin
  • Post-hernia repair: Pain following hernia repair

Hernia Treatments

Our Comprehensive Hernia Center offers the full complement of technology and treatment options: