Inguinal hernia

Inguinal hernia

What is a hernia?

The abdominal cavity houses the intestines. The intestines are protected by an abdominal wall which comprises of four layers. The inner layer is the membrane with the second layer being a wall of muscle which seperates the muscle from the outer skin.

Weak spots can develop in the layers of muscle. The can result in the contents of the abdomen pushing through the abdominal wall.

This produces a lump which is called a hernia.

There are four different types of hernia - femoral hernia, incision hernia, ingunial hernia and umbilical hernias. 

The inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia, causing a lump in the groin. This lump is usually associated with pain. The hernia occurs in the inguinal canal which is a narrow passage through which blood vessels pass in the abdominal wall.

Femoral hernias and can cause a lump in the lower groin and are more commen in women. These occur at the hole in the wall of the abdomen where the femoral artery and the vein pass from the abdomen into the leg. Femoral hernias tend to occur following childbirth and are operated on through a cut in the groin. 

An incision hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall which happens at the site of an incision made during a previous operation. 

Two different tupes of surgery are performed, both with quick recovery times. You may not need to stay in hospital overnight.

Open surgery

  • The operation takes approximately 60 minutes and a variety of anaesthetics may be used
  • Your surgeon will make an incision in your groin and remove the hernial sac.
  • Stitches may be used to strengthen the muscle layer
  • Open surgery for groin hernia repair is usually done as a day case.

Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery

  • Performed under general anaesthetic
  • Operation time is approximately 1 hour
  • A tiny telescope is connected to a camera and inserted via a small tube so that your surgeon can operate from inside your abdomen
  • You will probably go home the day of surgery or may spend one night in hospital. 


Initial consultation From: £150
Treatment £2,851
Pre-assessment Included
Main treatment Included
Post-discharge care Included
Guide price £3,001

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