A general surgeon repairs hernias in the abdomen (called inguinal hernias), and a pediatric surgeon may do repairs for children, notes WebMD. Family doctors, physician assistants, surgeons, pediatricians and internists are among the professionals who can diagnose the condition.
The purpose of hernia repair surgery is to move the bulging tissue of the hernia back into place within the abdomen. This may be done with open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Some surgical risks include nerve damage, bleeding, infection, breathing problems and the possibility of the hernia coming back. An overnight stay in the hospital may be necessary after hernia surgery, according to MedlinePlus.