Procedures we offer

Hernias can occur in various places on the body and are due to a protrusion of an organ through a cavity wall. The surgery can be either keyhole or open surgery depending on your specific case. Keyhole surgery involves making three small incisions and using a telescopic camera to direct the operation. Recovery time is usually two weeks and a follow up with your consultant is included in your fixed price package.

Inguinal Hernia Repair

This is the most common type of hernia repair and is a lump or swelling in the groin. Surgery can be either an open or laparoscopic approach. It can be done under either local anaesthetic or general and is a fairly quick operation taking around 45 minutes.

For an open approach the surgeon makes a single cut over the hernia. The surgeon will then place the lump of fatty tissue or loop of bowel back into the abdomen. A mesh is placed in the abdominal wall, at the weak spot where the hernia came through, to strengthen it.

For laparoscopic surgery the surgeon usually makes three small incisions in your abdomen and a thin tube containing a light source and a camera (laparoscope) is inserted through one of these incisions so the surgeon can see inside your abdomen. Special surgical instruments are inserted through the other incisions so the surgeon can pull the hernia back into place.


Umbilical Hernia Repair

This procedure is shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes but will be performed under general anaesthetic. During umbilical hernia repair, the surgeon makes a small cut of about 2–3cm at the base of the belly button, and pushes the fatty lump or loop of bowel back into the abdomen (tummy). The muscle layers at the weak spot in the abdominal wall, where the hernia came through, are stitched together to strengthen them. In some cases, a special mesh patch may be placed in the abdominal wall to strengthen the area if the hernia was particularly large. 


Sports Hernia/Gilmore's Groin Repair

This is a severe musculo-tendinous injury of the groin, which can be successfully treated by the surgical restoration of normal anatomy.  The principle of the groin reconstruction operation is to put the muscles and tendons back where they should be, to reattach them. The full repair involves a total of 6 layers, including the three main muscles. The transversus muscle is “plicated”, this involves bunching it up to tighten it, the internal oblique muscle is stitched back down onto the pelvic bone and the inguinal ligament and the external oblique is repaired and the tightened. The procedure usually takes place under general anaesthetic.