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Hiatal Hernia Repair

Hiatal hernia repair is a specialised procedure aimed at correcting hernias that occur when a part of the stomach bulges up through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. This condition can lead to discomforting symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion. Our team of gastrointestinal specialists at St John & Elizabeth Hospital is committed to providing empathetic and expert care throughout your treatment journey.

Also known as: Hernia Repair, Diaphragmatic Hernia Correction

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Everything You Need to Know

Hiatal hernias can range from being asymptomatic to causing severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). They are more common in individuals over 50 and those with obesity. While medication and lifestyle adjustments may help manage symptoms, surgery is recommended for hernias that are large or symptomatic, to treat persistent reflux.

At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we understand that the decision to undergo surgery can be daunting. Our dedicated team is here to support you, providing detailed information on the procedure, its benefits, and tailored care plans to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Before Surgery

Preparing for your hiatal hernia repair begins with a thorough consultation with one of our specialists. During this initial meeting, we’ll review your medical history, discuss symptoms, and conduct a detailed examination to determine the most appropriate surgical approach for you.

Preparation for the procedure may involve dietary adjustments, stopping certain medications, and undergoing pre-operative tests. Our team will guide you through these steps, ensuring you are fully informed and comfortable with your treatment plan.

During Surgery

Undergoing hiatal hernia repair at St John & Elizabeth Hospital is streamlined to ensure your comfort and safety. The procedure typically involves minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery, which allow for quicker recovery and less post-operative discomfort.

Arrival and Preparation

You’ll be greeted by our caring staff, who will complete your pre-surgical checklist and ensure you are prepared for the procedure.


The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, ensuring you are asleep and pain-free throughout the procedure.

The Repair Process

Our surgeons will make small incisions in your abdomen to access the hernia. Using specialised instruments, the stomach is gently repositioned into the abdomen, and the diaphragm opening is tightened. If necessary, a mesh may be used to strengthen the area.

After Surgery

Recovery from hiatal hernia repair involves following specific guidelines to ensure a smooth healing process. Our team will provide comprehensive aftercare instructions, including dietary recommendations, activity restrictions, and signs of complications to watch for.

Immediate Post-Procedure Care

We’ll equip you with detailed advice on managing any discomfort, caring for incision sites, and gradually resuming activities.

Recovery at Home

Recovery timelines can vary, but many patients start to feel better within a few weeks. It’s essential to follow the provided guidelines closely to avoid complications and ensure the best healing outcome.

Follow-Up Visits

You’ll have scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your recovery and address any concerns. These visits are crucial for ensuring that your healing is on track and to discuss any long-term dietary or lifestyle changes.

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

Hospital Fee Guaranteed

from £6,495*

The price shown includes all costs associated with your treatment, from admission to discharge. Doesn’t include surgeon or anaesthetist fee. Our hospital fee is guaranteed at the price quoted and valid for one month from the date issued, subject to pre-assessment.

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

A detailed assessment with our specialist to discuss your symptoms and treatment options.


Pre-Op Assessment

Necessary tests and evaluations to prepare you for surgery.


Treatment Plan

Tailored advice and planning for your specific condition and needs.


Surgery Preparation

Comprehensive guidance on how to prepare for your procedure, including any dietary restrictions or medication adjustments.

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