Hernia Surgery

Hernia Surgery

Hernia is a common condition. A hernia is a defect due to a weakness in the abdominal wall.

Common hernias

Groin Hernias (Inguinal or femoral) – these are found as swellings in the groin and may be associated with discomfort. Sometimes groin hernias can be bilateral (present in both groins)

Umbilical hernias (also known as belly button hernias) – these are found as a swelling at or around the umbilicus (belly button) associated with discomfort.

Ventral hernias – these are found as swellings (bulges) in any part of the abdominal wall (mainly in the midline) and may be associated with discomfort.

Incisional Hernias – these are found as swellings or bulges in an area in the abdominal wall where a previous surgical incision is present. The previous surgical incision weakens the abdominal wall resulting in the hernia.

Any hernia can be primary (first time) or recurrent (hernia that has come back after it has already been repaired.

Hernia repair techniques

Hernia repair can be done by sutures (stitching) or by using a mesh depending on a variety of criteria (which will be discussed at your appointment).

Hernias may be repaired by open technique or by laparoscopic (keyhole) technique.

Please be aware for groin hernias Mr Hemadri offers only the open technique (does not offer the keyhole technique). Bilateral (both sides) groin hernias could be repaired simultaneously on the same day.

For hernias other than groin hernias Mr Hemadri offers open and laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques depending on which is best for your situation and as agreed with you.

Anaesthesia for hernia repairs

Hernias (mainly groin hernias and some umbilical hernias) may be repaired under a local anaesthetic (with or without sedation along with the local anaesthetic) for patients who do not have a high BMI (body mass index) with small to moderate sized hernias. General or Regional Anaesthesia is an option for all appropriately suitable patients.

What if a hernia is not repaired surgically?

Apart from persistence of the symptoms that you may already have, the hernia could become bigger in size.

More importantly, occasionally the hernia could remain as swelling that does not go back into the abdominal cavity causing pain, nausea, vomiting, bowel obstruction (abdominal bloating and unable to open bowels) depending on the severity these are called irreducible hernia, obstructed hernia or strangulated hernia – these are emergencies – if you have a hernia that need emergency care, note that service is not available in Mr Hemadri’s private practice. Please seek care from the nearest provider who deals with surgical emergencies (typically an acute NHS hospital).

Clinical pathways for hernia repairs

Traditional pathway

The conventional pathway is for hernia patients to make an appointment to see Mr Hemadri in his out patient clinic, followed by any investigations as necessary, then to perform a surgical repair of the hernia on an agreed date, followed by a post operative visit.

This standard pathway is suitable for all patients with any type of hernia.

If you have a groin hernia, umbilical hernia, ventral hernia, incisional hernia or another type of hernia you are welcome to book a surgical clinic consultation by calling 01724500870 or use the online facility to check out availability of dates and book.

Please be aware that currently Mr Hemadri only accepts self paying patients (currently no insurance patients).

Modern pathway for GROIN HERNIAS designed by Mr Hemadri

Mr. Hemadri, in association with Trent Cliffs, is able to offer a day case, same day service for selected GROIN HERNIA patients. This is a service where for suitable patients the out patient consultation, surgery and discharge from the hospital is done on the same day with a single visit to the hospital. If you would like to use this service and want to check out if you are suitable for the service please use this checklist.

If the same day service is found unsuitable for you then you will be directed to use the conventional pathway.

Both the pathways offer the same high quality bespoke individualised treatment.

To use the same day service for groin hernia surgery please click here.

Stay in the hospital

Almost all groin hernias and umbilical hernias can be done as day cases. Many ventral hernias can be done as day cases too. On most occasions most hernia patients will be discharged from the hospital on the same day. Occasionally there could be a 23 hour stay. Very occasionally the hospital stay could be longer.

Appointments Payment and Fees

Note that Mr Hemadri accepts only self-pay patients (no insurance patients)

For appointments and indicative prices of surgical procedures please visit https://trentcliffs.co.uk/mr-m-hemadri

Note: This page and the information in this page do not provide the full information which will be provided when you seek formal clinical consultation for the procedures. This page is not an information leaflet for the procedures described.


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