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For the safety of our patients and caregivers, we have expanded and changed how we deliver care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on your medical needs, your appointments could take place in-person, by phone or by video. There may be times when an appointment or procedure may be rescheduled. In which case, we will contact you to let you know. Rest assured, all urgent needs will be addressed promptly.

Existing ChristianaCare patients can request an appointment using their patient portal account.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for your protection. Please refer to our visitor policy for more details.

Our operating rooms are now accommodating elective procedures.

As an added safety measure, all patients will be screened for COVID-19. If needed, your doctor will order a COVID-19 test to be performed at a ChristianaCare laboratory three to five days before your procedure.

The Hernia Center at ChristianaCare

The Hernia Center at ChristianaCare

Expert hernia care tailored specifically for you.

Our highly skilled, board-certified surgeons have specific interest in, and great passion for treating patients suffering from all manner of hernia disease. We offer the most advanced and innovative hernia repair procedures available, including laparoscopic and robotic approaches.

As our patient, you can expect to receive care that is individualized and tailored to your specific condition. We will listen to your concerns and develop a comprehensive treatment plan that delivers best-in-class hernia care with exceptional outcomes.

What is a Hernia?

A hernia is a defect, or a gap, between the muscle layers of the abdominal wall. Through this defect, tissues which should usually remain in the abdomen are able to protrude through the abdominal wall and frequently present as a lump or a mass on the abdomen or in the groin. They can occur without any specific cause, or can happen after surgery on the abdominal wall. Hernias can vary from small to very large and complicated. Symptoms can range from a minor nuisance to life-threatening.

Conditions We Diagnose and Treat

  • Inguinal hernia
  • Femoral hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Epigastric hernia
  • Ventral hernia
  • Incisional hernia
  • Parastomal hernia
  • Spigelian hernia
  • And more

Your surgeon will assess your hernia and, if surgery is advised, recommend the best approach for your specific condition.

Treatments and Services We Offer

  • Open hernia surgery
  • Laparoscopic hernia surgery
  • Robotic hernia surgery
  • Complex/recurrent hernia repair
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Component muscle separation
  • Management of mesh related complications
  • Management of chronic pain after hernia surgery

Why Choose The Hernia Center at ChristianaCare?

Our surgeons are specially trained in hernia surgery.  We tailor our surgical approach and plan of care to your specific case and needs.  We, at The Hernia Center at ChristianaCare, are here to serve the community; offering the highest quality and most advanced surgical treatments available. As our patient, you can expect compassionate, expert care and individual attention.  We look forward to serving you.

For my complicated and challenging third hernia repair, I needed a skilled surgeon with experience and knowledge of advanced technology in robotic surgery. I found that surgeon in Dr. Peter Santoro. His skill, his thoroughness, his before and after concern for me and his friendly manner, all made for a successful and stress-free surgical experience. Robotic surgery recovery was very quick and I was able to return to normal activities within a very short time. Dr. Santoro is the best!

— Joe M.

To make an appointment, or for more information, please call 302-320-7600. Our hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Hernia Center at ChristianaCare
Wilmington Hospital campus
501 W. 14th Street
Gateway Building, Suite 2E15
Wilmington, DE 19801 directions