A hernia occurs when there is a weakness or hole in the abdominal muscular wall that usually keeps your organs in place. Hernia leads the organ and tissues to protrude or herniate, which in turn produces a localized bulge in the abdomen or groin area.
Hernia repair surgery can correct this problem and relieve your pain but what does it cost and what is involved?
The most common types of hernia are listed in the table below.
|Types of Hernia||Bulge Location||Prevalence|
|In an Inguinal Hernia, the bladder or intestine bulges through the abdominal wall or in the groin and may reach the scrotum. About 75% of all hernias are inguinal.||Inner groin||Men due to natural weakness in the groin area.|
|In Femoral Hernia, the tissues bulge through a weak area in the outer groin or inner thigh.||Outer groin or inner thigh||Women, especially those who are obese or pregnant.|
|In an Incisional Hernia, the tissues or organ protrudes through the abdominal wall at the site of the post-surgical scar.||Post abdominal surgical scar||Overweight or elderly people who are inactive after abdominal surgery or if their surgical wound doesn’t heal completely.|
|In an Umbilical Hernia, the tissues or organ protrudes through the abdominal wall near the navel.||Belly button|
|In Hiatal Hernia, the stomach bulge through a weak point in the diaphragm.||The upper part of the stomach|
During the hernia repair surgery, the displaced tissues or organs are placed back into the body and the weak spot/hole is stitched or patched up.
Your doctor may not recommend the surgery if you’re suffering from a reducible hernia.
Some other symptoms that may specify the need for hernia repair surgery are:
How Does Hernia Repair Surgery Work?
Prior to Procedure: Before surgery, you may undergo certain tests to ensure that you’re healthy enough for the surgery. These may include:
Your doctor may instruct you to stop taking over-the-counter medication (such as ibuprofen & aspirin) a week or 10 days before hernia surgery.
During the Procedure: Your surgeon will perform the hernia repair surgery by using the either open or laparoscopic surgery method.
Summary of the Treatment
|Procedure time||1 Hour|
|Back to home from the hospital|
|Risk & Complications||Bleeding, Infection, Blood clots, Nerve or tissue damage, Pain, Hernia recurrence|
Statistics of Hernia Repair Surgery in the UK
Compare the Cost of Hernia Repair Surgery in the UK
At private hospitals and clinics in the UK, hernia repair surgery typically costs between £2,390 & £4,406 (excluding initial consultation and prior diagnostic tests fees).
How much does private hernia surgery cost in your area?
The cost varies in different parts of the UK as described in the table below:
|City/Region||Highest Price||Lowest Price||Details of Surveyed Hospitals|
Highgate Private Hospital
The Alexandra Hospital
Mr Jeremy Hayden
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals & Murrayfield and Shawfair Park
Ross Hall Hospital
Spire Southampton Hospital
Practice Plus Hospital Southampton
Spire Yale Hospital
Spire Cardiff Hospital
Nuffield Bristol Hospital
Practice Plus Hospital
Spire Parkway Hospital
Rowley Hall Hospital
Spire Norwich Hospital
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Causes A Hernia?
Hernias are caused by a combination of pressure, weakness, or a hole in the muscles or connective tissue of your abdominal wall. The causes that increase pressure are obesity, chronic constipation, lifting heavy things (without stabilizing the abdominal muscles), or persistent heavy coughing. Moreover, poor nutrition, smoking, and overexertion can also weaken the muscles and in turn, increase the likelihood of a hernia.
2. Can Hernia Recur After Surgery?
Hernia indicates the weakness of the abdominal wall. In some cases repairing the hernia at one site could increase intra-abdominal pressure at another weak spot. This in turn can exacerbate another hernia. With the latest mesh repair technique, the recurrence of the original hernia is unusual. However, there are chances of recurrence in 1-5% of hernia repairs.
3. Can A Hernia Go Away On Its Own?
Generally, a hernia doesn’t go away on its own. Especially in adults, there is no way for a hernia to heal itself. Instead, it’ll usually get bigger and causes more symptoms. Hernia strangulation is a major risk and for this reason, it’s recommended to repair it soon rather than later.
4. Why Are Men More Susceptible To Hernias?
This is because men have a weak spot (a hole or gaps) in their groin muscles so that blood vessels can pass through their testicles. Excessive coughing and lifting heavy things may stretch this natural gap enough to develop a hernia.