Hernia Surgery

Jeffrey Bell, MD

General Surgeon & Robotic Surgery Specialist located in Fayetteville, AR

Hernias are common and affect people of all ages, including teens and young adults. Unfortunately, hernias don’t get better with time, and surgery is the primary treatment. In Fayetteville, Arkansas, board-certified general surgeon, Jeffrey Bell, MD, specializes in hernia surgery and uses advanced minimally invasive techniques for the best possible outcomes. Dr. Bell is the most experienced surgeon in northwest Arkansas at performing complex minimally invasive and robotic hernia repairs. To schedule a consultation, call the office today.

Hernia Surgery

What is a hernia?

A hernia occurs when a body part pushes through the wall or tissue meant to contain it. Most hernias occur in your abdominal area between your chest and groin.

Common types of hernias include:

  • Inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia 
  • Femoral hernia 
  • Hiatal hernia


Hernias generally occur in areas where your muscles are weak. Though your weakened muscle tissue may be something you were born with, it’s also something that may develop from excessive strain or over time as you get older.

In addition to creating a noticeable bulge, your hernia may also cause pain and discomfort. 

Hernias don’t improve on their own, and hernia surgery is the primary treatment.

What is hernia surgery?

Hernia surgery includes the various techniques Dr. Bell uses to repair your hernia. Common types of hernia surgery include:

Laparoscopic hernia surgery

Laparoscopic hernia surgery is a minimally invasive surgical approach. During the procedure, Dr. Bell uses a laparoscope, which is a lighted surgical camera, to view the site of your hernia repair without the need for a large abdominal surgical incision.

Robotic hernia surgery

Robotic hernia surgery combines minimally invasive surgical techniques with advanced robotic technology. With robotic hernia surgery, Dr. Bell performs common and complex hernia repairs with smaller incisions and greater precision. 

Dr. Bell uses the innovative da Vinci® surgical system to perform robotic hernia surgery. He is one of only a few surgeons in Arkansas to offer advanced hernia surgery and robotic abdominal reconstruction. 

He’s also the most experienced surgeon in northwest Arkansas at performing complex minimally invasive and robotic hernia repairs. 

Traditional hernia surgery

During traditional hernia surgery, Dr. Bell makes a large incision through your abdomen to access your hernia to repair the weakened tissue. The traditional hernia surgery is the most invasive procedure. 

What can I expect during a hernia surgery consultation?

Dr. Bell is an experienced general surgeon, and you can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see him for a hernia surgery consultation. During your exam, he reviews your symptoms, medical and surgical history, and examines your hernia.

To assist in the development of your hernia surgery treatment plan, Dr. Bell may request diagnostic imaging, such as an ultrasound or MRI. 

Based on the information gathered during your consultation, Dr. Bell determines if you’re a candidate for hernia surgery and develops your personalized surgical plan. He reviews the plan with you, so you know how to prepare and what to expect during recovery.

For advanced hernia repair from an experienced surgeon, call the office of Jeffrey Bell, MD today.