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Inguinal hernia repair surgery is recommended if you have a hernia that causes pain, severe or persistent symptoms, or serious complications
Although there are certain medications and lifestyle changes that manage the symptoms of a hernia, hernia repair surgery is the only way to correct the problem. If you have painful or uncomfortable symptoms as a result of your inguinal hernia, surgery might be the best option for you.
Inguinal hernia repair surgery is a very common operation that offers great results. It can not only fix the hernia but also stop the problem from happening again. At Circle Health Group our experienced general surgeons perform thousands of successful inguinal hernia repair operations every year.
There are two main types of surgery for inguinal hernias: open and keyhole.
Open surgery is where your surgeon uses a large cut in your tummy to access your abdomen, allowing them to repair and strengthen your abdominal wall, correcting the hernia.
Laparoscopic or ‘keyhole’ hernia surgery is where your surgeon uses a number of small cuts in your abdomen to access your hernia. A tool called a laparoscope allows them to see inside without making larger cuts, and they use specially made small surgical tools to repair and strengthen the abdominal wall, repairing the hernia.
Laparoscopic surgery is less invasive than open surgery, because the surgeon does not need to ‘open you up’. It can allow for less pain after surgery as well as a faster recovery time. However, it is a more complicated technique, and it’s not appropriate in every case.
Your consultant general surgeon will decide which type of surgery is best for you based on your individual circumstances, and they’ll tell you exactly why they’ve made the decision.
This page focuses on laparoscopic or ‘keyhole’ surgery for inguinal hernias. You’ll find everything you need to know about the operation, from what happens during surgery to how soon you will recover.
We also have a page on open inguinal hernia repair surgery.
Our fixed-price packages include the cost of your surgery and all appropriate aftercare appointments. However, any pre-surgery diagnostic tests and your consultant’s outpatient appointment consultation fee are charged separately.
Our flexible payment options help you spread the cost of your treatment across a time period that suits you. We offer fixed-term monthly payment plans over one to five years with no deposit required. If you decide to pay over 10 months, you will pay interest-free. If you are paying for a longer period, you will pay 14.9% APR.
If you have private health insurance, hernia surgery will usually be covered by your provider. Speak to your insurer directly to find out.
*This is a guide price for patients who are paying for their own treatment. The actual cost of your treatment will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.
Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair surgery is usually recommended if you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms and they are affecting your quality of life.
For some people, it is possible to manage or reduce their hernia symptoms using medication or lifestyle changes.
However, hernia repair surgery is the only available treatment that can actually fix the problem. No other treatment method will actually repair the hernia.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should seek medical help straight away.
Even if you don’t have these hernia symptoms, you should always see a doctor if you think you have a hernia, just to be safe.
After two weeks you should feel well enough to get back to all your usual activities including light exercise such as swimming and walking.
You might need to avoid more strenuous activities and contact sports until six weeks after surgery, but your consultant will give you a more detailed timeframe based on your individual circumstances.
Usually, the full recovery time from hernia surgery is about six weeks, though it can be sooner after keyhole surgery.
As with any surgery, there are possible risks with having hernia repair surgery, including a wound infection. However, if you do suffer an infection, this can be treated with antibiotics.
There is a low risk of developing a blood clot after hernia repair surgery. But your consultant might give you blood thinners to further minimise this risk. You could also experience severe bruising (haematoma) but this should resolve with time.
Other potential side effects of hernia surgery include:
If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.
Content reviewed by Circle in-house team in June 2022. Next review due June 2025.
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