A hernia is a medical condition that occurs when part of an organ or internal tissue pushes through a weak point in the abdomen – typically the belly or groin. They usually need to be operated on with hernia repair surgery.
Hernias are usually caused by pressure and a weakness of the abdominal wall. Some people can be born with this muscle weakness, while the condition can develop in other people.
Any activity that puts pressure on the abdomen can also cause a hernia, including heavy lifting, persistent coughing, or constipation. Obesity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can also cause hernias, as well as poorly performed hernia repair surgery.
WHAT ARE THE INDICATIONS FOR HERNIA REPAIR?
There are several indications that you may require hernia repair surgery, including a bulge and pain in your abdomen, groin or at the top of your leg. Nausea and vomiting may also occur, as well as difficulty going to the toilet or passing wind. More severe symptoms and pain usually mean surgery is more urgent.
When part of an organ or internal tissue pushes through a weak point in the abdomen, it is called a hernia. Hernia repair surgery is a procedure that can help relieve the pain and discomfort of a hernia by returning the tissue to its correct place and strengthening the wall of the abdomen.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HERNIA REPAIR?
There are two different methods of hernia repair – open and keyhole:
• Open hernia surgery – Open hernia repair can take place under local or general anaesthetic. Using this method, your surgeon will make an incision close to your hernia and push it back into the abdomen. Once the tissue is pushed back to its natural position, the surgeon uses stitches or mesh to close and strengthen the abdominal wall.
• Keyhole (laparoscopic) hernia surgery – Keyhole hernia repair differs slightly from the open method. Here, several much smaller incisions are created, allowing the surgeon to access, push back, and repair the hernia in a far less invasive way.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HERNIA REPAIR SURGERY?
Hernia repair surgery could mean you can get back to doing the things you love without the pain and discomfort associated with a hernia.
Due to these symptoms, a hernia can be difficult to live with, with the pain exaggerated by certain actions, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or lifting.
While some hernias go away on their own, repair surgery can sometimes be the only way to stop the symptoms. It does this by returning the hernia to its correct position and strengthening the weakened abdominal wall.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS WITH HERNIA SURGERY?
Hernia repair surgery is a very common surgical procedure. That said, all surgical procedures carry a degree of risk, so it’s important to fully understand these before you choose to go ahead with your hernia repair.
Thankfully, our expert advisors will be on hand to talk you through any potential complications that might arise from the procedure. They are there to answer any questions you might have, so you feel confident in your decision.
As a guide, potential complications with medical hernia repair can include swelling, bruising, a seroma, or fluid-filled sac forming under the surface of the skin, changes in bowel habits, and a change in sensation.
IS HERNIA REPAIR RIGHT FOR ME?
If you have a hernia that is causing pain, discomfort or growing larger, you might consider hernia repair surgery.
To learn more about whether hernia surgery is the best choice for your hernia – be it hiatal, inguinal, umbilical or another type – contact our experts. At your free initial consultation, one of our expert advisors will be able to discuss the procedure with you and help you decide whether hernia repair surgery is right for you.
WHY CHOOSE THE HOSPITAL GROUP FOR YOUR HERNIA REPAIR SURGERY?
The Hospital Group has been helping UK sufferers of hernias for over 45 years. Registered by the General Medical Council (GMC), our team are experts at private hernia repair, bringing long-term health improvements to patients. They understand how to help them get on with their everyday lives in comfort, free from hernia pain.
Offering personalised care to keep you safe and happy throughout your journey; we ensure your treatment and recovery are trouble-free and smooth.
Your private hernia surgery with The Hospital Group will take place in state-of-the-art medical facilities that have been fully certified by the Care Quality Commission, Healthcare Infection Society and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales. Whether you are having your pre-surgery consultations across the country or surgery at our Burcot Hall Hospital in Bromsgrove, you can trust in your hernia repair surgery.
Whatever your needs or budget, we can help. Contact us today to book your free consultation.
WHAT IS THE COST OF HERNIA SURGERY IN THE UK?
Every hernia surgery is different, and we understand that all our customers come from varying backgrounds and budgets. We’ll talk through the potential cost of your hernia surgery with you during your free consultation, with your surgeon assistant helping you understand the overall price. For more information on the cost of hernia surgery, use our procedure price checker.