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Epigastric Hernia Repair

Epigastric hernia repair is a specialised procedure designed to correct hernias located in the epigastric region – the area just below your ribcage and above your belly button. This condition, characterised by a bulge or protrusion due to fat pushing through a weakness in the abdominal wall, is not only a physical discomfort but can also lead to more serious health complications if left untreated.

Also known as: abdominal hernia repair, ventral hernia repair

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Everything You Need to Know

Epigastric hernias can appear as a small lump and may not cause pain initially. However, without treatment, they can grow larger and become painful, especially when you cough, bend over, or lift heavy objects. While they are common and typically not life-threatening, epigastric hernia repair is crucial to prevent potential complications such as obstruction or strangulation of the herniated tissue.

At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, our approach to epigastric hernia repair involves the latest surgical techniques, aimed at ensuring a smooth and efficient recovery. Our team of expert surgeons and healthcare professionals are committed to providing personalised care, from initial consultation to post-operative recovery, ensuring that you feel supported at every step.

Before Surgery

Your treatment journey begins with a thorough consultation to assess your hernia and discuss the most effective treatment approach. This may involve a physical examination and imaging tests such as an ultrasound or CT scan to determine the size and extent of the hernia.

Preparation for surgery includes fasting for a specific period before the procedure and, in some cases, stopping or adjusting medications. Our pre-operative team will guide you through these preparations to ensure you’re fully ready for your surgery.

During Surgery

Epigastric hernia repair at St John & Elizabeth Hospital is performed under general anaesthesia, ensuring you’re comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Our surgical team uses minimally invasive techniques where possible, which can lead to quicker recovery times and less post-operative discomfort.

Arrival and Preparation

On the day of your surgery, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff who will guide you through the final steps before your procedure. This includes a review of your medical history and a discussion about the surgery.

The Repair Process

The surgeon will make incisions in your abdomen to access the hernia. The protruding tissue will be pushed back into place, and the weakened area of the abdominal wall will be reinforced with stitches or a mesh to prevent recurrence.

After Surgery

Recovery after epigastric hernia repair varies from person to person, but most patients can return to light activities within a few weeks. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice on post-operative care, which may include pain management, wound care, and restrictions on physical activity.

Immediate Post-Procedure Care

Our team will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your incision, recognise signs of infection, and manage pain at home.

Recovery at Home

You’ll be advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a period to ensure optimal healing. We’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your recovery and address any concerns.

Follow-Up Visits

These are essential to assess your healing and ensure the success of your hernia repair. Our team is dedicated to supporting you through your recovery journey, offering advice and reassurance at every step.

Medically reviewed by Mr Panagiotis Drymousis - on 29/04/2024

How to pay for your treatment

If you’re… paying for yourself

Did you know you don’t need private medical insurance to come to St John & St Elizabeth Hospital? As a self-pay patient, you can access safe, outstanding quality health care at times to suit you.

For scans and tests, as well as to see most consultants, you’ll still need to be referred by a medical professional like your GP, but as a self-pay patient, the process is more straightforward. You won’t need authorisation from an insurance provider, and you’ll have greater choice of consultant and appointment times.

If you’re… insured

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is approved by all major medical insurance companies. If you have a personal private health insurance policy, or your company provide it for you, you can use it to pay for your care from your initial consultation through to treatment, surgery and aftercare such as physiotherapy. Not all private health insurance plans cover the same things. It’s very important to check exactly what you are covered for with your insurance provider.


Initial Consultation

Meet with our surgical team to discuss your symptoms, medical history, and suitable treatment options.


Pre-Op Assessment

Undergo a comprehensive evaluation to ensure you’re fit for surgery and to prepare you for the procedure.


Treatment Plan

Receive a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, including detailed information about the surgery and recovery.


Preparation Guidance

Follow our expert advice on how to prepare for your surgery, including dietary restrictions and medication management.

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