What is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. Often seen in the abdomen, hernias can cause significant discomfort and health complications if left untreated. Surgical Associates offers advanced surgical solutions to address this condition effectively.

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What Hernia Repair Technique is Right for Me?

At Surgical Associates, we understand that each patient’s situation is unique. Our surgeons work closely with you to determine the most appropriate surgical approach based on your specific hernia type and your overall health. The benefits of the minimally invasive techniques used by our fellowship-trained surgeons include a faster recovery time, more minor surgical scars, and a more comfortable and swift recovery. To find out more, we invite you to meet with us so we can evaluate your condition and advise you on the best approach in your case.

Open Hernia Repair

Open hernia repair is a conventional surgical method where a single, larger incision is made in the groin area. The protruding tissue is moved back into place, and the weakened tissue area is stitched or reinforced with a synthetic mesh.

This technique is time-tested and widely used, offering a reliable solution for some hernia types.

  • Procedure details: Depending on what type of hernia you have, the surgery usually takes about 1-4 hours.
  • Recovery: Patients can typically return home the same day but may require several weeks for complete recovery.
  • Suitability: Ideal for larger or more complex hernias and patients who may not be candidates for minimally invasive procedures.

Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Minimally invasive approach

Laparoscopic hernia repair represents a significant advancement in surgical technology. In this procedure, several small incisions are made, through which a laparoscope (a thin tube with a camera at the end) and surgical instruments are inserted.

The surgeon repairs a hernia, guided by real-time images on a monitor, through much smaller incisions.

  • Procedure details: This technique also typically takes around an hour and is performed under general anesthesia.
  • Recovery: Patients often experience less postoperative pain and a quicker return to daily activities compared to open surgery.
  • Suitability: Best suited for patients with smaller hernias or those undergoing a repeat hernia surgery.
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Robotic Hernia Repair Cutting-edge precision

Robotic surgery represents the pinnacle of advancement in minimally invasive hernia repairs in Wausau, where robotic systems provide surgeons with unmatched precision, flexibility, and control. The technology translates the surgeon's hand movements into smaller, more precise actions inside the patient's body, significantly improving outcomes and reducing recovery times.

  • Procedure details: Like laparoscopic surgery, this method uses small incisions and is performed under general anesthesia. The duration is usually 1-4 hours.
  • Recovery: Recovery time is much shorter than open surgery, with many patients reporting less pain and a faster return to normal activities.
  • Suitability: Ideal for patients requiring high-precision surgical interventions in simple or complex cases.

Preoperative Care and Consultation

Before surgery, patients undergo a thorough evaluation and consultation. Our team provides detailed information about the procedure, including what to expect during and after surgery. We also discuss lifestyle adjustments and any necessary preparations to foster a fast, comfortable, and successful outcome.

Postoperative Care and Follow-up

Post-surgery, our care continues with comprehensive follow-up appointments. We monitor your recovery, address any concerns, and provide guidance for a swift and comfortable healing process. Our Hernia nurse navigator plays a crucial role in ensuring your recovery is on track with regular check-ins and support.

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Why Choose Surgical Associates for Hernia Surgery?


Our surgeons are recognized as Surgeons of Excellence in Hernia Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation.

Advanced Techniques

We offer the latest in hernia repair in Wausau, WI, including minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures.

Patient-Centered Care

With a 96% patient satisfaction score, our focus is always on delivering personalized, compassionate care.

Comprehensive Support

From preoperative consultations to postoperative care, we are with you every step of the way.

Hernia surgery at Surgical Associates is more than a procedure; it’s a pathway to improved quality of life. Our commitment to excellence, advanced surgical techniques, and patient-focused care ensures you receive the best possible treatment and compassionate support.

Contact us today to learn more about our hernia surgery options and how we can assist you on your journey to recovery.

A Higher Level of Surgical Care

At Surgical Associates, we’re more than just a surgical team. Our hernia repair specialists have been recognized as Surgeons of Excellence in Hernia Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), a globally recognized non-profit committed to upholding the highest standards of patient safety. This accreditation speaks volumes. Our team has successfully performed more than 1,000 abdominal wall hernia surgeries in just the past year, showcasing their dedication and skill in this field. Furthermore, our commitment to delivering an excellent patient experience is demonstrated by our impressive 96% patient satisfaction score.

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Hernia Providers

Hernia Providers

Welcome to Surgical Associates, your premier destination for hernia repair. Recognized as Surgeons of Excellence in Hernia Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), our team stands at the forefront of effective hernia treatment, and we are committed to the highest standards of patient safety and satisfaction.

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Hernia Surgery

At Surgical Associates, we specialize in providing the most advanced hernia surgery options. Our experienced surgeons are skilled in various techniques, including open, laparoscopic, and robotic hernia repairs. We are committed to surgical excellence and personalized, patient-centered care.

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