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Femoral Hernia Repair

Femoral hernia repair is a vital procedure aimed at correcting hernias that occur in the femoral canal, a potential source of discomfort and serious health risks if left unaddressed. Our highly skilled surgical team at St John & Elizabeth Hospital is committed to guiding you through this process with utmost care and expertise.

Also known as: herniorrhaphy, hernioplasty

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Everything You Need to Know

Femoral hernias, though less common than inguinal hernias, require timely intervention to prevent complications such as bowel obstruction or strangulation. These hernias are more prevalent in women. Symptoms may include a visible lump near the thigh or groin and discomfort when standing, coughing, or lifting heavy objects.

At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we prioritize your health and peace of mind by offering personalised treatment plans. Our approach to femoral hernia repair includes both traditional open surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, depending on the individual case and the hernia’s characteristics.

Before Surgery

Your pathway to recovery begins with a comprehensive consultation with one of our expert surgeons. This initial meeting covers your medical history, the specifics of your hernia, and the best surgical options for your situation. Preparation for surgery may involve adjusting your medication, fasting, and other bespoke instructions to ensure optimal outcomes.

During Surgery

Undergoing femoral hernia repair at our hospital is streamlined to enhance your comfort and reduce stress. Our facilities are equipped with the latest technology, and our compassionate team is dedicated to providing exceptional care from the moment you arrive.

Arrival and Preparation

Our welcoming staff will complete your pre-surgery checklist, including a review of your medical history and a discussion about the procedure.


The majority of femoral hernia repairs are performed under general anaesthesia, ensuring you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure.

The Repair Process

Our surgeons employ advanced techniques to repair the hernia, whether through open surgery or laparoscopy, focusing on durability and minimising recurrence.

After Surgery

The recovery period is tailored to ensure your comfort and promote healing. Here’s what to expect:

Immediate Post-Procedure Care

Our team provides comprehensive aftercare advice, including wound care and recognising signs of complications.

Recovery at Home

Recovery duration varies, with most patients resuming normal activities shortly after the procedure, following specific guidance from their surgeon.

Follow-Up Visits

We schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery, address any concerns, and ensure the success of your hernia repair.

Ongoing Support

Our commitment to your well-being extends beyond your stay at the hospital, with our team available to support your recovery journey every step of the way.

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

Your first visit involves a detailed examination and discussion about your hernia, exploring the best treatment pathway.


Pre-Op Assessment

Necessary tests and assessments are conducted to prepare for your surgery, with full support from our dedicated team.


Treatment Plan

We outline a tailored treatment plan, ensuring you are fully informed and comfortable with the proposed surgical approach.


Preparation Guidance

Detailed guidance on preparing for your surgery, including dietary restrictions and medication adjustments, ensures you’re ready for the procedure.

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