Health And Lifestyle For The Over 50s

How much does Hernia Repair Surgery Cost in the UK?

cost of hernia repair surgery

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 HerniaBulge LocationPrevalence
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 groinMen 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 thighWomen, 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 scarOverweight 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
  • Newborns
  • Obese women
  • Women who gave birth to many children.
In Hiatal Hernia, the stomach bulge through a weak point in the diaphragm.The upper part of the stomach
  • Older adults
  • Children with congenital birth irregularities
  • Pregnant Women
  • Overweight people

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?

The Procedure

hernia repair surgery

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.

Both procedures will take around 1 hour. Laparoscopic surgery causes less pain, less muscle damage and faster recovery (1).


The surgery will fix all the hernia-related symptoms including pain, discomfort and visible bulge. After surgery, hernia recurrence is uncommon but is possible. To prevent a recurrence, your surgeon may recommend losing weight if you are obese (2). The recovery period for open hernia repair surgery is typically about three weeks and for laparoscopic surgery, it is typically about a week.

Summary of the Treatment

Procedure time1 Hour
Back to home from the hospital
Open hernia repair surgery 2-3 Days
Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery Same Day
Full recovery
Open hernia repair surgery 4-6 weeks
Laparoscopic hernia repair surgery 1 week
Risk & ComplicationsBleeding, Infection, Blood clots, Nerve or tissue damage, Pain, Hernia recurrence

Statistics of Hernia Repair Surgery in the UK

According to NHS England, around 100,000 hernia repairs are performed annually (3).

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/RegionHighest PriceLowest PriceDetails of Surveyed Hospitals
Cromwell Hospital
Highgate Private Hospital
Clinic NameCost
The London Clinic (1) £3,225
Parkside Private Hospital (2) £3,310
Cromwell Hospital (3) £3,870
Highgate Private Hospital (4) £2,617
Spire London East Hospital (5) £2,694
Spire Bushey Hospital (6) £3,686
Spire St Anthony's Hospital (7) £3,646
Spire Thames Valley Hospital (8) £3,124
Oaklands Hospital
The Alexandra Hospital
Clinic NameCost
Spire Manchester Hospital (1) £2,825
The Alexandra Hospital (2) £2,534
Oaklands Hospital (3) £3,390
Euxton Hall Hospital (4) £2,835
Yorkshire Clinic
Mr Jeremy Hayden
Clinic NameCost
Yorkshire Clinic (1) £3,425
Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital (2) £3,155
Spire Methley Park Hospital (3) £2,784
Spire Leeds Hospital (4) £3,160
Mr Jeremy Hayden (5) £2,390
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals & Murrayfield and Shawfair Park
Ross Hall Hospital
Clinic NameCost
BMI Albyn Hospital (1) £3,115
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park (2) £3,590
Ross Hall Hospital (3) £2,998
Glasgow Hospital (4) £3,515
Spire Southampton Hospital
Practice Plus Hospital Southampton
Clinic NameCost
Spire Southampton Hospital (1) £3,813
Practice Plus Hospital Southampton (2) £2,550
Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital (3) £3,745
Hernia clinic Hempshire (4) £3,100
Hernia Clinic Wessex (5) £2,999
Spire Portsmouth Hospital (6) £3,010
Spire Yale Hospital
Spire Cardiff Hospital
Clinic NameCost
Spire Cardiff Hospital (1) £2,900
Spire Yale Hospital (2) £3,500
Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals (3) £3,078
BMI Werndale Hospital (4) £2,900
HMT Sancta Maria Hospital (5) £2,960
St Joseh’s Hospital (6) £3,224
Nuffield Bristol Hospital
Practice Plus Hospital
Clinic NameCost
Nuffield Bristol Hospital (1) £3,305
Spire Bristol Hospital (2) £2,820
Practice Plus Group Hospital (3) £2,550
Sulis Hospital Bath (4) £2,690
Spire Parkway Hospital
Rowley Hall Hospital
Clinic NameCost
The Birmingham Hernia Clinic (1) £4,274
Spire Parkway Hospital (2) £4,406
Rowley Hall Hospital (3) £2,564
Spire Little Aston Hospital (4) £2,980
West Midlands Hospital (5) £2,904
Oaks Hospital
Spire Norwich Hospital
Clinic NameCost
Spire Norwich Hospital (1) £3,233
Oaks Hospital (2) £3,415

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.


Hernia repair surgery prevents the hernia from becoming strangulated. This surgery is typically not complicated but the chances of surgery-related complications are higher after emergency hernia surgery compared to scheduled hernia surgery (4). Therefore it is advisable to consider surgery before your symptoms and your condition worsen. Discuss your symptoms with your GP or your healthcare provider as only they can recommend the best treatment options for you.