Gastrointestinal care in Richmond

The gastroenterologists at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital provide award-winning expert care for conditions and diseases of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and digestive system, including hernia surgery. Named a Five-Star recipient for Esophageal, Stomach Gallbladder, and GI bleeds and appendectomy Surgeries by Healthgrades™, we are also proud to provide advanced care for heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) through the Heartburn and Reflux Center of Richmond.

Call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (804) 320-3627 to learn more about the GI services provided at Henrico Doctors' Hospital.


Five-Star Recipient for Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)

Five-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed in 2021

Five-Star Recipient for Appendectomy for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)

Five-Star Recipient for Repair of Abdominal Aorta in 2021

Digestive conditions and diseases we treat

Our gastrointestinal specialists offer expert care for a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions and disorders, including:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Gallstones

Our hospital has been named a Five-Star Recipient by Healthgrades for Gallbladder Removal Surgery.

Hernia Center

The Hernia Center at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond specializes in the repair of all types of hernias: groin, abdominal, umbilical and incisional. We are a proud member of the Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, and our board-certified surgeons use the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical technology available to provide the best outcomes for our patients who need hernia surgery.

For more information about our Hernia Center, please call (804) 320-3627.

What is a hernia?

A hernia is a hole or defect in the abdominal muscle wall which allows internal tissue to protrude, usually creating a visible bulge. This hole can occur anywhere that the muscle wall is weak or subject to strain, such as around the umbilicus, groin area or where there is scar tissue from previous surgery.

A hernia may or may not cause pain. Depending on the size and location of the hernia, there is a risk of complications, including having intestinal tissue trapped in the hernia. Hernias do not go away on their own—surgery is the only treatment option.

Common types of hernias:

  • Inguinal hernia—The most common type of hernia, occurs in the groin area
  • Ventral hernia—Less common than inguinal hernias, occurring outside the inguinal areas of the abdomen in the epigastrium
  • Incisional (surgical) hernia—Occurs near scar tissue from a previous abdominal surgery
  • Hiatal hernia—Occurs in the diaphragm, the large muscle separating the chest cavity and the abdomen
  • Femoral hernia—Occurs in the low groin and is more common in women
  • Umbilical—Occurs through the belly button
  • Epigastric hernia—A small but painful bulge midway between the umbilicus and chest

Hernia treatment options

Abdominal wall reconstruction

This procedure is best for large and complicated hernias or patients with recurrent hernias that result in excessive scar tissue and mesh material. During this procedure, we use advanced techniques to rebuild the musculature of the abdominal wall, often with the aid of biological prosthetics.

Inguinal and femoral hernia repair

These types of hernias may be repaired using a variety of techniques, including open repair and laparoscopic repairs, with and without mesh. Laparoscopic surgery, when appropriate, offers less pain after surgery, decreases the risk of infection and results in faster healing with smaller incisions.

Ventral hernia repair

This is often performed using an open approach and prosthetic mesh to improve the contour of the abdominal wall. In some cases, laparoscopic surgery may be performed, although not everyone is a good candidate for a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. Our goal is to use the latest surgical approaches for the most effective repair possible while reducing the risk of hernia recurrence.