Hernia Repair Surgery
Can be performed under local anaesthetic
Short, day case surgery
Reliable repair with a high success rate
At least one in ten people will develop a hernia at some point during their lifetime and hernia repair is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures worldwide.
What is a hernia?
A hernia occurs when an internal organ or body part protrudes through the muscle due to weakness. This then often causes a lump under the skin. Hernias can affect anyone of any age and often need surgery as treatment.
This is the most common type of hernia which occurs when fatty tissue or part of the intestine or bowel pokes through. This type of hernia will be noticeable around the groin area. It is generally caused by repeated strain on the abdomen but can also be associated with old age. We offer Inguinal Hernia Treatment at The Private Clinic
An umbilical hernia usually occurs at birth when the opening that the umbilical cord passes through does not seal properly after birth creating a weakness for fatty tissue or the bowl to proceed through causing a lump to appear on the abdomen near the belly button. It can also occur in adults, however, particularly after repeated straining on the tummy. We are able to treat Adult Umbilical Hernias at The Private Clinic.
A femoral hernia is very similar to an Inguinal Hernia, but they are actually a lot less common and more frequent in women rather than men. They occur when the bowel or fatty tissue protrudes causing a lump in the upper thigh area. They usually appear lower than an Inguinal Hernia but have a higher risk of strangulation to the bowel and often require urgent attention. We are able to treat Femoral Hernias at The Private Clinic.
An incisional hernia is when the muscles beneath a previous incision on the abdomen become weak over time allowing tissue or internal organs to push through the muscle. We are not able to treat Incisional Hernias at The Private Clinic.
This occurs when the abdominal wall did not close completely during development. They often have minimal symptoms and often go unnoticed but, in some cases, they can cause a lump to appear below the sternum, or breastbone, and above the belly button. We are able to treat Epigastric Hernias at The Private Clinic.
A spigelian hernia is not very common but can be visible when there is a weakness in the spigelian fascia which is a layer of tissue that separates the two muscles groups that are at the front of the abdomen. A lump or bulge may appear to the side of the abdomen, below the belly button which is usually fatty tissue pushing through. We are able to treat Spigelian Hernias at The Private Clinic.
These types of hernia occur when part of the muscle pokes through your tummy. They can also appear on the legs and are often mistaken for varicose veins. We are not able to treat Muscle Hernias at The Private Clinic.
Diaphragmatic hernias are a birth defect where holes appear in the diaphragm which allows organs within the stomach to move into the chest. We are not able to treat Diaphragmatic Hernias at The Private Clinic.
Similar to diaphragmatic hernias, a hiatus hernia occurs when part of the stomach pushes up into your chest by squeezing through a sphincter that is between the stomach and the esophagus which has weakened. This is an internal hernia that often does not have noticeable symptoms but can cause heartburn. We are not able to treat Hiatus Hernias at The Private Clinic.
What causes a hernia?
Whilst there are lots of different types of hernias, they all caused by the same thing which is an opening or weakness of muscle or fascia which allows organ or tissue to be pushed through.
Anything that causes pressure in the abdomen can cause a hernia which includes:
- Lifting heavy objects
- Persistent coughing or sneezing
- Recurrent constipation or diarrhoea
Things such as smoking, poor nutrition, pregnancy, and obesity can also put you more at risk of developing a hernia..
What are the symptoms of a hernia?
The most common symptom of a hernia is a bulge or lump that appears usually in the abdomen or groin area. The lump can often be pushed back in and may disappear when laid down. Other symptoms include:
- Pain or dull ache at the site of the hernia
- Discomfort when lifting or bending over
- Hernia Bulge increasing in size over time
- Heavy or full feeling in the abdomen
- Weakness or pressure in your groin
How to treat a hernia?
The first step of treating a hernia is being diagnosed at your GP surgery. They will usually be able to tell you the type of hernia that you appear to have, and they may refer you to the hospital. However, getting hernia repair surgery on the NHS may come with long wait times and difficult assessment stages which means lots of hernias are being left untreated.
If you are experiencing sudden severe pain, vomiting, difficulty pooing or passing wind or if the hernia has become firmer and can’t be pushed back in then please visit A&E as hernia obstruction or strangulation may have occurred which is a medical emergency.
Surgery is the best treatment for hernia repair, and we are pleased to offer patients private hernia repair surgery with our expert Hernia and Vascular Consultant, Mr Tahir Hussain.
There are two types of hernia repair surgery techniques, open surgery and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Mr Hussain offers patients Open Mesh Repair surgery also known as a Hernioplasty, involves using a surgical mesh to repair the hernia opening. Instead of solely stitching the mesh into place, we instead allow the body to heal naturally around it which can help to prevent a recurrence.
Open surgery for hernia repair is the NICE recommended treatment for hernia.
Private Hernia Repair Surgery Consultations for self-pay patients are available at our hernia clinic in London Harley Street.
Benefits of Hernia Repair with Mesh:
- Can be performed under local anaesthetic
- Short procedure
- Reliable repair with a high success rate
- Day-case surgery
- No issues for older patients
30 – 60 minutes
Keep wound dry for 5 days
Up & Mobile
Back to Work
2 – 3 days
Full recovery Time
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What to Expect
A consultation will take place at our Private Hernia Clinic with our Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon, Mr Tahir Hussain who is a hernia specialist. Your surgeon will:
- Listen to your concerns regarding your hernia
- Review your medical history
- Assess your hernia
- Discuss the best options suited to you
- Detail the risks and complications
- Review your expectations from hernia surgery
- Detail what will happen on the day of the procedure
- Go through the recovery and aftercare required
You will then meet with your dedicated patient coordinator who will provide you with a detailed hernia treatment plan with full cost and pricing details so you can leave feeling well informed and able to decide if to go ahead with hernia repair surgery.
Your pre-operative appointment
In the interests of patient safety, all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your hernia treatment consultation and review of your past medical history, the physician or pre-operative nurse will choose the pre-operative tests considered to be appropriate, most of which are routine blood tests.
You will be provided with a pre-operative instruction sheet ahead of your procedure which will help you to prepare for you hernia repair surgery.
Open Hernia Repair surgery can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. This will be discussed at your consultation. The procedure will be performed at our Private Hospital in Fitzroy Square.
The surgery will take around 30-60 minutes to perform and patients will be able to go home in the hours following.
On the day of your procedure, you will be given an admission time which is usually an hour before the agreed start time of surgery.
- Our nursing team will record your blood pressure and prep you ready for surgery.
- You will meet with Mr Tahir Hussain who will go through the procedure again and answer any questions you may have.
- You will then be marked up for surgery before being taken down to theatre.
Hernia Mesh Repair Procedure
- Local anaesthetic will be administered.
- A small incision will be made across the site of the hernia.
- The problematic bulge is returned to where it came from.
- A hernia mesh implant will then be placed over the hole that caused the hernia.
- The mesh will then need to be held in place whilst the incision is closed to allow fibrous tissue to naturally grow around the mesh. This will help to strengthen the area and prevent another hernia from happening.
- Once the repair is complete, the incision will be closed with dissolvable stitches and a dressing will be applied.
You will then return to a recovery room where you will be able to rest. Our specialist nursing team will be on hand to ensure you are feeling well post-procedure and once happy with your recovery post-surgery you will be discharged by your surgeon.
You will need to leave the hospital accompanied by a family member or friend; you will not be allowed to drive yourself home.
Hernia Repair Surgery Recovery
Before you leave the hospital, you will be provided with aftercare instructions to follow and any required medication. You should ideally have someone with you for 24 hours following surgery so they can continue to monitor you.
A member of our nursing team will call you the day following your hernia repair surgery to make sure you are recovering well and feeling comfortable following the surgery and anaesthetic. You will have also been provided details on our on-call nursing team who you will be able to contact 24/7 should you have any concerns at any stage of your recovery time.
Your groin or abdomen may feel sore and uncomfortable after hernia repair surgery whilst the incision site heals. Pain medication should help manage this for the first few days post-op.
It is recommended that you drink lots of fluid and eat a healthy diet to avoid the risk of constipation.
If you need to move, cough, sneeze or stand then we recommend applying gentle pressure on the treated area before and during movement to reduce pain.
Many patients return to work 2-3 days following hernia repair surgery, this will depend on what you do for work as those with more strenuous roles may need to take longer off.
You should be able to return to most light activities after a couple of days, but we recommend avoiding heavy lifting and other strenuous activities for at least 4 weeks.