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Incisional Hernia Repair

Incisional hernia repair is a specialised surgical procedure aimed at correcting hernias that occur at the site of a previous surgery scar. This condition often arises after abdominal surgeries, where the intestinal or fatty tissue pushes through the weakened scar or surrounding muscle area. At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, our dedicated surgical team combines expertise and compassion to manage and repair your incisional hernia, ensuring you receive the best possible care and support throughout your treatment journey.

Also known as: post-surgical hernia repair

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Everything You Need to Know

Incisional hernias can develop months or even years after abdominal surgery, leading to discomfort, pain, or more serious complications if left untreated. Symptoms may include a visible bulge at the site of the scar, pain during activities, and in some cases, gastrointestinal issues. Our experienced surgeons are skilled in the latest techniques for incisional hernia repair, including minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, offering you a tailored approach to treatment that minimises discomfort and promotes quicker recovery.

At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we understand the concerns and anxieties that come with undergoing surgery. Our team is committed to providing you with all the information you need, offering reassurance and support from your first consultation through to your recovery.

Before Surgery

Preparing for your incisional hernia repair begins with a thorough consultation with one of our expert surgeons. During this initial meeting, we will review your medical history, conduct a physical examination, and possibly recommend imaging tests to determine the size and extent of the hernia. This assessment allows us to choose the most effective repair method tailored to your specific condition.

Leading up to the surgery, you may be advised to stop certain medications, adjust your diet, and cease smoking to ensure the best possible surgical outcomes. Our pre-operative team will guide you through these preparations, ensuring you are fully informed and ready for your procedure.

During Surgery

Our aim is to make your incisional hernia repair as comfortable and stress-free as possible. On the day of your surgery, you will be greeted by our compassionate team who will guide you through the pre-operative process, ensuring you are calm and prepared.


The type of anaesthesia used will depend on the specifics of your surgery. Most incisional hernia repairs are performed under general anaesthesia, ensuring you are asleep and pain-free throughout the procedure.

The Repair Process

Our surgeons utilise cutting-edge techniques to repair the hernia, which may include the placement of a mesh to strengthen the area and prevent recurrence. Our minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures mean smaller incisions, less pain, and quicker recovery times.

After Surgery

Recovery from incisional hernia repair varies depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Most patients experience significant improvement in symptoms and can return to normal activities within a few weeks, following our tailored aftercare plan which includes:

Pain Management

You may be prescribed medication to manage any discomfort following the surgery.

Activity Restrictions

To ensure the best healing, you may be advised to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for a period.

Follow-Up Appointments

We will schedule post-operative appointments to monitor your healing and address any concerns.

Our dedicated team will support you every step of the way, ensuring your recovery is smooth and that you are informed about how to care for your surgical site, manage pain, and recognise signs of any potential complications.

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

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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.



Book your initial consultation to discuss your symptoms, medical history, and any concerns with our surgical experts.


Pre-Op Assessment

Necessary assessments and tests will be conducted to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for surgery.


Treatment Plan

We’ll discuss the best surgical options for your specific case and what you can expect during the recovery process.


Preparation Guidance

Our team will provide comprehensive instructions on how to prepare for your surgery, including any dietary restrictions or medication adjustments.

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