Hiatal Hernia Surgeon

  • Inguinal hernia
  • Incisional hernia
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Femoral hernia
  • Ventral hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Recurrent hernia
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Spigelian hernia
  • Flank hernia

Joel Ricci-Gorbea, MD

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Dr. Ricci-Gorbea is a board certified, fellowship-trained general surgeon who specializes in weight loss surgery and hernia repair. He also specializes in minimally invasive surgeries and performs most surgeries through small incisions using laparoscopy or the da Vinci robotic platform. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ricci-Gorbea is involved in research, resident education, and quality and safety initiatives. He is the co-author of several book chapters about disorders of metabolism and weight loss surgery and serves as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and member of multiple surgical societies.

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The Expertise of a Hernia Specialist

Inguinal Hernia

Among the various types of hernias, inguinal hernias are the most commonly encountered. While they can affect both men and women, they are more prevalent in males. Surprisingly, approximately 1 in 4 males will experience an inguinal hernia at some point in their lives. The natural weakness in the groin area, resulting from the descent of the testicle from the abdomen into the scrotum, predisposes males to inguinal hernias.

To minimize post-operative pain and the risk of chronic pain, I utilize a tackless technique for laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair.

Haital Hernia

Hiatal hernias typically develop later in life and present with a range of symptoms. These symptoms may include heartburn, nausea, vomiting, regurgitation, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, bloating, belching, or coughing. The term 'hiatal' originates from 'hiatus,' which refers to an opening, specifically the esophageal hiatus.

Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical hernias are among the most common types of hernias. They occur naturally and can affect individuals of all age groups, from infants to the elderly. These hernias form at the site of the navel, also known as the umbilicus, which represents a natural weak spot in the abdominal wall due to the passage of the umbilical cord.

Umbilical hernias typically present as painless bulges at the navel, which may increase in size and become more painful over time. They tend to cause more symptoms during physical activity or prolonged standing, necessitating the expertise of an experienced hernia surgeon for successful treatment.



Bariatric Surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery

Robotic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Hernia Repair


General Surgery

John Mattos.

"I underwent Da Vinci robotic umbilical surgery on 1/14/2021. (24hrs ago- outpatient. Went home the same day.) Dr. Joel Ricci Gorbea performed the surgery. My experience couldn’t have went BETTER. Thank God & Dr. Joel Ricci Gorbea for his professionalism & great work ethics. His team was also Great. As expected I have soreness (Miid-section), but nothing dramatic. I wish I could’ve THANKED Dr. Ricci Gorbea & team but they’re busy taking care of other patients. I would Absolutely recommend Dr.Joel Ricci Gorbea to anyone suffering from hernia (different types). J. Mattos "

Queens, NY

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