Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center has made her name treating hernias, both conservatively and through hernia surgery, among both women and men. While doing so, she has found that a large part of her job has been clearing up some of the confusion surrounding this painful and distressing condition.

Inguinal hernias are the most common type of hernia and, generally speaking men are more at risk. However, the fact that these types of hernias are relatively unusual among women means that the inguinal hernia symptoms women experience are very often misdiagnosed or completely ignored by non-specialist physicians. Moreover, if you personally are experiencing the inguinal hernia symptoms women really do experience on occasion, there’s little comfort in knowing that your case is not typical.

The issue becomes more complicated because hernias tend to present differently. They can include a bulge near the genitalia or elsewhere, and discomfort that may range from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing pain. The pain may radiate through the leg, the back, or the abdominal and genital region.

Dr. Towfigh’s realization that many inguinal hernia symptoms in women were often going undiagnosed or misdiagnosed has powered her work as the leading hernia surgeon in Los Angelesand perhaps the entire nation. National media have covered the care she has provided to women who often had visited a number of other doctors in an attempt to deal with their symptoms.

As the only physician focusing strictly on abdominal hernias working in the Western United States, Dr. Towfigh has helped countless patients – both women and men – to overcome the pain and distress of hernias. Although a noted teacher and leader in the field of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, she often encourages patients to pursue a preventive approach where appropriate.

When surgery is called for, however, few physicians are more skilled in the treatment of hernias. From such matters as which type of hernia mesh might be best for a specific patient’s condition, to suggesting the right types of exercise before and after a procedure, Dr. Towfigh’s approach is without parallel in the treatment of abdominal hernias of all types.


Apart from her status as leader in such matter as the treatment of inguinal hernia symptoms in women, Shirin Towfigh, M.D., is among the most respected of Los Angeles-area surgeons and physicians. She has taught at many of the most respected medical teaching institutes in Southern California, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, and the USC Keck School of Medicine. She and her staff are noted not only for their highly advanced and multifaceted approach to hernia treatment, but for their compassion and sensitivity in the treatment of hernias.

If you or a family member may be suffering from hernia symptoms, Dr. Towfigh and her staff are looking forward to hearing from you. Please call 310-358-5020 or visit our contact page.