Spire Healthcare hospitals: Private hernia operations in the UK
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A hernia is a lump that occurs when some of the contents of the abdomen push through a weakness in the muscles of the abdominal wall. The aim of a hernia repair operation is to push the intestine back in place and strengthen the abdominal wall.
If you do not have your hernia treated it can become larger and uncomfortable. In some cases, part of the intestine can get twisted inside the hernia, cutting off the blood supply. This is known as a strangulated hernia and, although rare, would need emergency surgery.
There are a number of different types of hernia:
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When the hernia occurs at the navel (belly button), it is called an umbilical hernia.
This hernia operation is usually done as a day-case, with no overnight stay in hospital. Umbilical hernia repair is usually performed under general anaesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the procedure and will feel no pain. Small umbilical hernias can sometimes be repaired under local anaesthesia, which means you will be awake but the area will be completely numb.
The operation usually takes about 45 minutes.
Inguinal hernia and femoral hernia
When the hernia occurs in the groin it is either an inguinal or femoral hernia.
In some cases, the hernia surgery is an open repair, which involves a small cut in the groin. Alternatively, laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery may be recommended. Your surgeon will discuss which is the most suitable approach for you.
The operation may be done under general anaesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. The open repair can also be done under epidural or regional (local) anaesthesia. This means you will be awake during the operation but the groin area will be completely numb.
The operation is usually done as a day-case, but some patients may need to stay overnight in hospital.
Open inguinal hernia repair
A single cut (about 5 to 10cm long) is made in your groin, and the bulge is pushed back into place. Your surgeon may stitch a synthetic mesh over the weak spot to strengthen the wall of the abdomen. The skin cut is then closed with dissolvable stitches.
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Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair
About two or three small cuts (1 to 2cm long) are made on your lower abdomen and groin under general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will insert a tube-like telescopic camera to view the hernia either by looking directly through this, or at pictures it sends to a video screen. The hernia is repaired using specially designed surgical instruments passed through the other cuts. A synthetic mesh may also be used to strengthen the wall of the abdomen. The skin cuts are closed with dissolvable stitches. The operation takes 30 to 50 minutes.
When the hernia is forced from the abdomen through the femoral canal, it is called a femoral hernia. All femoral hernias require an operation to repair them because of the high risk of serious problems if they are left untreated.
Femoral hernia repair is carried out under general or regional anaesthesia and is normally carried out as a day-case, although sometimes an overnight stay may be necessary.
An incisional hernia results from a weakness in the abdominal wall caused by previous surgery to that site. It usually happens within two years after the initial surgery.
An incisional hernia repair is usually done under general anaesthesia, and as a day-case, with no overnight stay.
Your surgeon will explain the benefits and risks of having your hernia repaired, and will discuss any alternatives to the procedure.
To find out more about having hernia surgery in a Spire Healthcare hospital, please call their treatment enquiry team on 0800 434 6600.
To find out more about having hernia surgery in a Spire Healthcare hospital , please call your local Spire hospital – use the links below to find their number.
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