Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center

June is Hernia Awareness Month

June 15, 2018

Each year, approximately 750,000 Americans seek treatment for a hernia, yet experts believe hundreds of thousands suffer in silence, primarily because they fear surgery. According to the WHA Information Center, 18,338 hernia surgeries were performed in Wisconsin hospitals and free-standing ambulatory surgery centers in 2017.


During Hernia Awareness Month, the Hernia Resource Center focuses on providing the public with information about the latest available treatments. Surgery is the only way to restore the anatomy, and is often necessary for hernias in women and those that cause symptoms in men.

Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

This story originally appeared in the June 15, 2018 edition of WHA Newsletter