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Inguinal Hernia Repair

Inguinal hernia repair is a standard surgical procedure aimed at correcting hernias in the groin area, providing relief and preventing further complications. Whether it’s a bulge you’ve noticed during physical activity or discomfort that’s affecting your daily routine, our expert surgical team is here to support you with skill, care, and understanding.

Also known as: groin hernia repair

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Everything You Need to Know

Inguinal hernias occur when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. This condition is not only uncomfortable but can also lead to serious health issues if left untreated. At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we prioritise your health and comfort by offering the latest in hernia repair techniques, ensuring you receive the best possible care.

If you’re experiencing symptoms like a visible bulge in the groin area, pain while lifting, or a sensation of heaviness around the hernia, our specialists are ready to assist. We understand the concerns and anxieties that come with undergoing surgery and are committed to providing a reassuring, empathetic, and expert-driven service from consultation through to recovery.

Before Surgery

The journey to recovery begins with a comprehensive consultation with our surgical experts. Here, we’ll discuss your medical history, examine the hernia, and explore the most suitable repair options for your condition. This might include open surgery or a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach, depending on the hernia’s characteristics and your overall health.

Preparation for your surgery is straightforward, guided by our team every step of the way. This may involve adjusting your current medication regime or following specific instructions to ensure you’re fully prepared for the procedure.

During Surgery

Your comfort and safety are our primary concerns during inguinal hernia repair at St John & Elizabeth Hospital. Our facilities are equipped with the latest technology, and our staff are dedicated to providing a warm and supportive environment.

Arrival and Preparation

Upon arrival, our friendly staff will welcome you and guide you through the final preparations. This includes a review of your medical history and a briefing on what to expect during the procedure.


Most inguinal hernia repairs are performed under general anaesthesia, ensuring you are asleep and pain-free throughout the surgery. Our experienced anaesthetists are experts in their field, providing you with the safest and most comfortable experience possible.

The Repair Process

Our surgeons use the latest techniques to repair the hernia, whether it’s through traditional open surgery or a minimally invasive laparoscopic method. The choice of technique is tailored to your specific needs, aiming for the best outcome and minimal discomfort.

After Surgery

Recovery from inguinal hernia repair is generally straightforward, with our team providing comprehensive support throughout your healing journey.

Immediate Post-Procedure Care

We offer personalised aftercare advice, focusing on wound care, recognising signs of infection, and managing any discomfort.

Recovery at Home

The recovery period varies based on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Most patients find they can return to normal activities within a few weeks, with specific guidance on avoiding strenuous activities initially.

Follow-Up Visits

We schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery, address any concerns, and ensure the success of your hernia repair. Our commitment to your health extends beyond the surgery itself.

Managing Discomfort

It’s normal to experience some discomfort after hernia surgery. We provide advice on pain management and support you in every step of your recovery.

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

Hospital Fee Guaranteed

from £2,280*

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.



Your first step is a detailed consultation with our surgical experts, assessing your hernia and discussing your health and treatment options.


Pre-Op Assessment

We conduct thorough assessments to ensure you’re fit for surgery and to plan the most effective repair strategy.


Treatment Plan

Based on your unique needs, we’ll develop a personalised treatment plan, outlining the surgical approach and what you can expect during recovery.


Preparation Guidance

Our team will provide you with all the necessary information to prepare for your surgery, ensuring you feel informed and reassured about the procedure.

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