Nova Scotia Hernia Specialist

The Global Leader in Non-Mesh Hernia Repair.

For over 75 years, we have been the only licensed hospital in the world dedicated to repairing hernias. More than 98% of our cases are performed with our natural tissue technique...without the use of mesh.

Our Patients at Shouldice Hospital Say it Best.

Joshua Faluwke

San Diego, California

Don Brice

Smithers, British Columbia

Claire Kirk

Champaign, Illinois

Barry Campbell

Calgary, Alberta

Greg Almon

Peterborough, Ontario

Charles Chang

New Jersey

Shouldice Hospital
Dr. Edward Earle Shouldice

Why Shouldice?

Dr. Edward  Earle Shouldice founded Shouldice Hospital in 1945 with two simple guiding principles which remain to this day: to provide the best surgical outcome and patient experience in the world – period.

For over 75 years the Surgeons and staff of Shouldice Hospital have dedicated themselves to repairing abdominal wall hernias; it’s all we do, having performed over 400,000 successful hernia repairs using our natural tissue technique without the use of surgical mesh and its serious complications.

Your health is your most precious resource and every year over 6,500 patients trust Shouldice Hospital to repair their abdominal wall hernia. Our surgical team is comprised of the most experienced hernia surgeons in the world who have set the gold standard in hernia repair for decades by producing the lowest recorded rates for hernia recurrence and post-operative complications in the world.

Clinical evidence, gathered over 75 years of follow-up with our patients, clearly demonstrates that the hernia repairs performed at Shouldice Hospital are exceptionally safe, secure and reliable. Although there are inherent risks in any surgery, there are no similar or comparable risks in natural tissue hernia repair versus mesh. Scar tissue of natural tissue left in place represents no risk, while mesh left behind can continue its erosion and potential migration within the body. 

Mesh should never be used because it’s easier, faster, cheaper or due to lack of familiarity with, or expertise in, the use of natural-tissue techniques!

You will encounter a lot of contradictory information and advice leading up to deciding to have your hernia repaired and it is our goal to provide the most trusted and unbiased sources of information to allow you to make the best possible informed decision. We invite you to explore our website, to learn all about hernias and to understand your treatment options. Through this process we are confident you will entrust Shouldice Hospital to perform your hernia surgery.


    7750 Bayview Avenue,
    Thornhill, Ontario,
    Canada L3T 4A3
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    Tel: 905-889-1125
    Fax: 905-889-4216
    Canada: 1-800-291-7750
    U.S./International: 1-855-328-3423


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