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Hernia Surgery

Hernias are fairly common medical problems that can cause pain and other symptoms. In very rare instances, they can be life-threatening.

Hernias can be easily addressed through hernia repair surgery, one of the most regularly performed surgical procedures in the United States.

Learn how the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX, uses advanced techniques to perform hernia surgeries...

The Benefits of Hernia Repair

Eliminate a Bulge

Hernias are usually detected because they result in noticeable bulges around the abdomen or groin. Surgery involves pushing the organ or tissue back into place, eliminating the lump.

Relieve Pain

Hernias can be tender to the touch and cause severe discomfort while performing normal daily activities. Visiting our Plano surgical center is essential for alleviating discomfort and improving your quality of life.

Reduce Chance of Complications

While hernias are relatively benign at first, they can lead to serious issues in the future, such as intestinal incarceration or bowel obstruction, which can be life-threatening. Reducing these risks is the primary reason doctors usually recommend having hernias surgically repaired.

What Is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue pushes through a hole or weak point in the surrounding muscle or tissue. There are several types, but they all occur in the abdomen or groin areas. Hernias are not always easy to detect, and sometimes you may not realize you have one until a doctor finds it during a routine physical.

In many cases, hernias do not have symptoms, and at first, they may not affect your life at all. While you can live with the condition untreated for some time, it is important to have the issue repaired before more serious health issues develop. The only effective method of hernia repair is surgery.

Hernia repair surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures in the country, with hundreds of thousands of cases being handled safely and efficiently by surgeons every year. In recent years, advances in surgical technology have made hernia surgery safer and less invasive than ever before. At the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, Dr. Cribbins employs advanced laparoscopic and robotic methods to expertly treat abdominal and inguinal/groin hernias.


A Hernia Patient's Story How Our Team Makes a Difference

"I had the best experience one can have while having to undergo an operation. Dr. Cribbins and all of his staff were incredibly warm, friendly, supportive, and helpful throughout my entire process. I felt like each person I talked with at Dr. Cribbins' office truly cared about my well being and worked to make my experience pleasant and smooth.

I had an open hernia repair. My incision looks amazing. I had hardly any post-operative pain, and the recovery was easier than I expected. I cannot recommend Dr. Cribbins enough."
Jenna Nix - 5 Star Google Review - 2021

Minimally Invasive Hernia Surgery by an Experienced, Board-Certified Surgeon

If you have been diagnosed with a hernia, it is important to choose the right surgeon for your hernia repair. At our surgical practice, serving Plano, TX, and nearby areas, Dr. Cribbins employs the most advanced surgical methods to treat ventral, umbilical, hiatal, and inguinal hernias.

We are committed to making every procedure we perform minimally invasive. Our practice uses the latest techniques in Da Vinci robotic and laparoscopic procedures for optimal results, minimized scarring, and reduced recovery time. In most cases, our patients can return home the same day as their hernia surgery.

We have a simple goal and that is to get you back to your daily life as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or give us a call at:

(214) 501-1333

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Robotic Assisted Surgical Tools State-of-the-Art Hernia Repair with Da Vinci

Whenever possible, our Plano and Frisco hospitals will utilize the ultra minimally invasive Da Vinci Xi® surgical system. This robotic assisted technology allows for greater visibility and dexterity when performing surgery.

Dr. Cribbins performs hernia surgeries robotically, laparoscopically, and using open methods. Guided Da Vinci robotic surgery is ideal given the safety and precision of the procedure and the overall patient experience.

The Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery will always choose the least invasive surgical method that best meets the needs of our patients. Custom-tailored surgery means a lower risk of complications and improved surgical outcomes.

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Insurance Coverage for Hernia Surgery


Many insurance providers cover hernia repair surgery if it is medically necessary. Some plans provide up to 90 percent coverage. During your visit, we can go over insurance coverage for the procedure and discuss additional payment options.

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Roy Shinpaugh


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Wonderful people, great nurses, awesome doctor!! It has been a pleasurable visit with each appointment. I feel the love and care from moment I step foot in the door. The explanations and conversations with Dr. Cribbins nearly always answers any questions that I may want to ask before I even think of one.

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Tom Facemyer


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I went in for my pre-op visit with Dr. Cribbins today and everything went smoothly. His staff treated me with respect and they answered all my questions thoroughly. I look forward to my procedure next week. Thank you, Dr. Cribbins and staff.

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Schedule a Consultation Learn More about Advanced Hernia Repair

Whether you suffer from an abdominal or inguinal hernia, Dr. Cribbins and his team can help you. Using the latest in laparoscopic and Da Vinci robotic surgery, the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery can diagnose your hernia and develop a custom treatment plan that restores your health and wellness. To schedule a consultation with our team, contact our practice online or call our office in Plano at:

(214) 501-1333

Types of Hernias

Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal Hernia

In an inguinal hernia, the intestines or bladder break through the abdominal wall and enter the inguinal canal in the groin.

Incisional Hernia

Incisional Hernia

Incisional hernias occur because muscles or tissues are weakened by incisions made during previous surgeries.

Ventral Hernia

Ventral Hernia

Ventral hernias occur when organs break through any part of the abdominal muscle. Ventral hernias are often also incisional hernias.

Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal Hernia

Hiatal hernias occur when the upper portion of the stomach protrudes through an opening in a person's diaphragm.

Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical Hernia

An umbilical hernia occurs when the intestines cause a bulge in the abdomen near the belly button.

While most hernias only cause mild pain, if any, the discomfort can worsen during certain activities, such as heaving lifting.

"I had a fantastic experience" Patient-Centered Surgery in Plano


Donna Elder


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I had a fantastic experience with Dr. Cribbins! He is warm and very personable. He takes time to answer all of your questions and concerns thoughtfully. His entire staff is spectacular!! You will be treated like an individual here and not just another patient. You won’t fall through the cracks or be forgotten here. Highly recommend!

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Jaymie Barrett


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Dr. Cribbins is awesome!!! He listens and takes his time. He is very genuine.

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Da Vinci Hernia Surgery A Treatment Timeline

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Many patients come to our practice after their physician diagnoses a groin or abdominal hernia. When you meet with Dr. Cribbins at our office in Plano, TX, he can examine your case and determine what kind of surgical approach will be necessary. After we thoroughly explain all of your treatment options, we can schedule a time for your hernia repair surgery.
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The first step of the surgical process is to administer anesthesia. Different anesthetic options are available depending on the location and type of hernia. We will make sedation recommendations that help eliminate anxiety and discomfort during the procedure.
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Dr. Cribbins will make three to five small incisions in the area around the bulge or lump. These small incisions are placed so all laparoscopic tools can be inserted and manipulated with ease.
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Da Vinci Camera

Dr. Cribbins will insert a camera into one of the incisions. The camera is a surgical tool with a camera and light at the end. The allows the doctor to see the inside of your body during the surgery, eliminating the need for large incisions and open surgery.
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Abdomen Inflation

For abdominal hernias, the surgeon will pump a harmless gas into your abdominal cavity to create more space in which to maneuver. This ensures the hernia repair surgery is as minimally invasive as possible, only affecting necessary organs and tissues.
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Hernia Repair

Other surgical tools are inserted through the small incisions as needed. Guided by the camera, Dr. Cribbins will push the organ or tissue back into place. He will then repair the compromised muscle, usually with a surgical mesh. The tools are removed and the incisions are closed.
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How Long Does It Take?


Hernia repair surgery is a quick operation that is often completed in less than an hour. Many patients return home on the same day.

Hernia Repair Recovery

Dr. Cribbins and his team will provide patients will detailed post-op instructions for recovery. Be sure to follow these instructions closely so you can heal from hernia repair surgery quickly with minimal risk of serious side effects or complications.

In general, patients should avoid heavy lifting and other physically demanding activities for a few weeks after surgery. While strenuous exercise should be avoided, patients are encouraged to walk in order to promote circulation and improve the healing process. Stay well-hydrated and eat a high-fiber diet to avoid straining when moving your bowels.

You will have multiple checkups at our Plano practice to monitor your recovery. Feel free to contact our team if any urgent concerns arise after your hernia repair surgery.

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Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery

Our highly skilled and experienced board-certified surgeons specialize in ultra-minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery. They are affiliated with a number of national associations, including the:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Fellow American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)

To request a consultation, contact us online or call (214) 501-1333 today.

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