Hernia repair surgery returns a displaced tissue or organ to its proper position and closes up and strengthens the weakened area through which the hernia protruded. It can relieve hernia pain.
Hernia repair is a day surgery and is one of the most commonly performed operations.
What is a hernia?
A hernia is a bulge caused by an organ or tissue pushing through a weakened wall of muscle or surrounding tissue.
Most hernias develop in the stomach and groin areas and are called abdominal hernias. Often you will have no or very few symptoms such as a swelling or soft lump in the affected area that can be pushed back in or disappears when you lie down.
What are the different types of hernia?
There are a number of different types of hernia. The most common ones include:
An inguinal hernia is one of the most frequently occurring types of hernia.
It causes a lump and sometimes pain in your groin as tissue or your bowel pokes through your inguinal canal and into your groin at the top of your inner thigh. The inguinal canal is bigger in men and so inguinal hernias affect more men than women.
A femoral hernia occurs when tissue or part of your bowel pokes through into your lower groin where the femoral artery and vein pass from your abdomen into your leg.
It is less common than an inguinal hernia and occurs more frequently in women due to their wider bone structure.
Umbilical hernias are fairly common due to a natural weakness in the abdomen wall at the umbilicus.
An umbilical hernia is caused by tissue or part of your bowel poking through your stomach near your belly button and can cause pain.
It can occur in babies if their stomach opening where the umbilical cord passes through does not seal properly after birth. Adults can also be affected.
Hiatus hernias occur in your chest area. Part of your stomach pushes up into your chest squeezing through a weakness or an opening in your diaphragm, which is muscle that separates your chest from your abdominal cavity.
This type of hernia may cause reflux of acid from your stomach into your oesophagus and can lead to heartburn, pain, and erosion of your oesophagus.
An incisional hernia is a weakness in your abdominal wall where an incision was made during a previous operation.
Your abdomen contents and its inner layer can push through the weakened healed site in your abdominal wall to cause a lump.
What does a hernia repair involve?
A hernia repair is performed on a day case basis by open or laparoscopic surgery.
• Open surgery – a single large cut is made directly over your hernia to allow the tissue or displaced organ to be returned to its original location and the hernia sac to be removed. A variety of anaesthetics may be used and the procedure takes around an hour. Stitches are used to strengthen the muscle layer and a synthetic mesh is inserted at the weak spot of the wall where your hernia came through. The mesh scaffold allows your own tissue to grow through and reinforce the weakened area. Once the repair is complete your skin is sealed using dissolvable stitches.
• Laparoscopic surgery – several smaller cuts are made so that a tiny camera, called a laparoscope, and very small tools can be inserted into the hernia area to return your hernia to its correct position, and repair and reinforce the weakened wall using a surgical mesh and stitches. General anaesthetic is used and the procedure takes around an hour.
The type of surgery will depend upon your health and previous surgery, the size of your hernia, your surgeon’s experience, and the urgency of surgery. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Your surgeon will discuss this with you in detail.
What is the cost of a hernia repair?
The guide package price for a hernia repair for groin (inguinal) open surgery is £3248 and this includes unlimited aftercare.
Other hernia repairs will be based on your individual requirements. We will provide a fixed price package after your consultation with one of our expert hernia repair surgeons once your hernia has been fully assessed and the type of surgery agreed.
You may be able to use your private medical insurance to cover the cost of your hernia surgery. We advise you to get written confirmation from your insurance provider that they will cover your hernia repair before commencing treatment.
We offer several finance options for you to choose from to pay for your hernia surgery. These include an All-inclusive Total Care single payment package that brings you all the treatment you need for your hernia repair, pay as you go and, interest-free medical finance loans.
How long does it take to recover from a hernia repair?
You can expect a fast recovery following your hernia repair.
Hernia surgery is a day case procedure so you will go home the same day. If you’ve had a general anaesthetic you will need a lift home.
Most patients return to normal daily activities within a week. You may feel tired for a week or two following your hernia surgery. You can return to work when you feel able and ready.
Your surgeon will advise you what you can and cannot do which will be based in your hernia type and surgery performed.
You will have a follow up appointment with your surgeon to check on your hernia repair.
Hernia Repair with West Valley Hospital
At West Valley Hospital we work in partnership with surgeons who routinely perform open and laparoscopic hernia repair surgery.
Our patients benefit from two laminar flow theatres, a dedicated endoscopy suite, and full recovery facilities.
There are often waiting lists for a hernia repair on the NHS. Here at West Valley Hospital we offer hernia patients convenient appointments and surgery times without waiting.
Contact us to book an appointment.