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Hernias occur when there is a protrusion of fatty tissue or internal organs through a weakness or an opening of the abdominal muscles, causing a noticeable bulge on your stomach that can be painful and prevent you from performing your daily activities. Our surgeons at the NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Hernia Center have expertise in all types of hernia repair, including inguinal (groin), umbilical (belly button), ventral and incisional (due to scars from prior surgeries). We have a particular focus on optimizing your health and other medical conditions prior to surgery in order for you to obtain the best and most durable hernia repair – this includes working with patients to improve their diabetes, stop smoking, and lose weight. We are able to perform hernia repairs using either traditional open techniques with a larger incision, or using minimally invasive techniques which use smaller incisions – all of these options can be discussed during your initial consultation and individualized for each patient’s specific needs.

We offer:

  • Open or minimally invasive hernia repair surgeries using laparoscopic or robotic techniques.
  • Repair of inguinal, umbilical, ventral, or incisional hernias.
  • Repair of recurrent or complex hernias, using component separation techniques to attain a more functional abdominal wall.
  • Multidisciplinary approach towards optimizing patient health prior to surgery in order to attain the best and most durable outcome – referrals to smoking cessation clinics, internal medicine, and bariatric surgery can be provided.


Jeffrey Lipman, MD
Director, Hernia Center, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Surgery Department:  (212) 562-3917
Email: jeffrey.lipman@nychhc.org