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Hernia Repair

Hernias can develop over time and can be very painful to live with. Hernia repair surgery helps to relieve the pain and symptoms caused by a hernia, giving you the freedom to get back to doing the things you love without this pain.

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Hernia Repair


What is hernia repair surgery?
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. There are two different methods of hernia repair – open and keyhole.

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. Keyhole hernia repair differs slightly, as smaller incisions are used, and a less invasive technique is used to repair the hernia.
What are the benefits of hernia repair?
A hernia can be painful to live with, and this pain can be exaggerated by certain actions, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting. Hernia repair surgery not only alleviates this pain by returning the hernia to its correct position, but strengthens the weakened abdominal wall too.

Hernia repair surgery could mean that you can get back to doing the things you love without the pain associated with a hernia.
Are there any risks?
Hernia repair is a very common surgical procedure. However, all procedures carry some degree of risk, and it’s important that you know of these before you decide to go ahead with your surgery. Our expert advisors can talk you through any potential complications and answer the questions you might have.

As a guide, potential complications can include swelling, bruising, a seroma or fluid-filled sac occurring under the surface of the skin , changes in bowel habit , and change in sensation.
Is it right for me?
If you have a hernia that is causing you pain or discomfort, or if it is growing larger, you might consider hernia repair surgery.

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.
Cost and finance
The Hospital Group is a responsible provider of healthcare, so we understand that each procedure is different and tailored to your requirements and individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the surgery with you, let you know the cost, and the payment plans available.

We have several finance options to choose from, ranging from paying for the procedure outright, to spreading the cost over a number of years on our flexible finance plans. Learn more about these on our Pricing and Finance page.

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FAQ


HERNIA REPAIR FAQs

What causes a hernia?
Hernias can be caused by pressure and a weakness of the abdominal wall. Some people can be born with this muscle weakness, and it can develop in others. Any activity that puts pressure on the abdomen can also cause a hernia, including heavy lifting, persistent coughing, or constipation.
How long does hernia repair surgery take?
Hernia repair surgery should take around 30 to 45 minutes to complete, and you may be able to return home the same day.
How long should I take off work?
Most people feel able to return to work within two weeks, although if your job involves heavy lifting or manual labour you may need to take more time off.
How long is the recovery period after hernia repair?
The total recovery time is around 6 weeks for most patients, but this varies from person to person.

After 1 week, you should be back to light activities and moving around with ease. You might feel up to light exercise after 3 weeks, but should wait at least 6 weeks before taking part in any strenuous activity or heavy lifting.
Should I have open or keyhole hernia surgery?
The exact method that your surgeon uses will depend on the nature of your hernia. When you meet your surgeon during your consultation, they will discuss this with you and explain which method they will use.
What are the side effects of hernia repair surgery?
Immediately after the procedure, you might feel sore and bruised. This is a normal side effect of the surgery, and can be managed with appropriate pain medication.

You’ll be able to ask any questions you might have about the side effects and possible complications of hernia repair during your consultations with us.

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