Hernia and Abdominal Wall

Our team offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of hernias and abdominal wall defects. We specialize in repairing or reconstructing all types of abdomen and trunk impairments, including those that involve soft tissue, muscle, fascia, and the peritoneum.

For many patients, surgery can be used to:

  • Repair previously unsuccessful hernia surgeries and/or related recurring problems
  • Strengthen weakened abdominal musculature resulting from an injury or accident, prior surgery, post-pregnancy, or other causes
  • Resolve surgical side effects such as vessel or nerve damage, adhesions, infections, and/or cosmetic repairs
  • Correct genetic and inherited abdominal wall defects in infants and children

Regional and National Referral Center for Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Our team combines leading-edge solutions that leverage innovative techniques and technologies with evidence-based medical and surgical strategies. As a result, we achieve high success rates on procedures, whether the repair is straightforward or highly complicated. 

We see a wide range of patients from all parts of the United States. Some of the types of defects our Hernia and Abdominal Wall team treats result from: 

  • Recurrent hernias
  • Fistulae
  • Trauma
  • Mesh infections
  • Transplantation
  • Tumor extirpation
  • Surgical complications  (for example, post-bariatric surgery)
  • Desmoid tumors
  • Chronic pain
  • Obesity
  • Congenital defects (including urologic issues)

Comprehensive Care

Our focus combines surgical expertise with exceptional pre- and postoperative care. Patients have access to our multidisciplinary team of experts, which includes specialists in plastic surgery, general surgery, oncology, colorectal surgery, transplantation, urology, gynecology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and other specialties – all in one place, for whatever the situation demands.

We also offer patients access to other UT Southwestern physicians, if needed. This includes specialists who manage commonly associated risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, respiratory insufficiency, steroids, wound contamination, smoking, and inherited disorders such as Marfan syndrome.

Evaluation and Treatments

Our full range of services includes:

  • Imaging
  • Diagnosis
  • Medical management
  • Temporary, noninvasive slings and treatments
  • Outpatient and inpatient surgical repairs
  • Laparoscopic and open repairs
  • Biologic and prosthetic mesh repairs
  • Alpha-fetoprotein screening and ultrasound to detect and confirm omphalocele and gastroschisis 

We work with referring physicians. Patients may also contact us directly for appointments.