Seattle Children’s Hernia Program has adopted 16 years old as the age at which our pediatric patients with hernias will be referred to an adult surgery provider, if they need surgery. Adult surgery providers use treatments that are different from those used in young children and are more appropriate for youth 16 and older. Children 15 and younger will still have hernia surgery at Seattle Children’s. Our providers will continue to see patients for hernia diagnosis and evaluation all the way up to age 18.

Seattle Children’s Hernia Program is the only program in the Northwest to focus on diagnosing and treating children with umbilical and inguinal hernias. The Hernia Program sees patients in Seattle, Bellevue, North Clinic in Everett, South Clinic in Federal Way and the Tri-Cities Clinic.  Most surgeries are performed at our Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center.