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What is a hernia repair?

A hernia is a weakness or hole in the muscle wall of the abdomen. The lump you may be aware of, is contents from within the abdomen protruding through this defect and is often more obvious when you stand up or increase the pressure in your abdomen and less obvious when you lie down in bed at night. The concern is that this contents may get trapped and strangulated at some point, necessitating emergency surgery. The only curative treatment for a hernia is surgery to reduce the contents of the hernia and repair the defect, usually using a mesh to reinforce the weakened abdominal muscles. Different types of hernias are all repaired in similar ways. So having an inguinal hernia repair is a similar operation to having an umbilical hernia repair. However, different consultants may favour different surgical techniques that affect the duration of hospital stay, length of operation and hernia repair recovery time. Inguinal, femoral and umbilical hernia repairs can be routinely performed as day-cases and as laparoscopic (keyhole) surgeries with no overnight stay. However, hiatus hernia repairs and incisional hernias, again both possible with laparoscopic surgery, may require an overnight stay. Recovery is usually over 2-4 weeks with return to work routine within that period.

Should I go private?

Choosing to go private for hernia repair surgery offers the following benefits:

  • Gain access to fast treatment
  • Beat the NHS hernia repair waiting time
  • A choice of when you want to be treated
  • A choice of where to be treated
  • A choice of the consultant or private surgeon
  • Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS

Private Hernia Specialists in the UK

The following consultants perform private hernia repairs in the UK.

Mr Oliver Allenby-Smith

Consultant Hernia and Gallbladder Surgeon


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Professor David Lloyd

Consultant Gallstone and Hernia Surgeon


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Gavin Robertson

Gallstone and Hernia Surgeon


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Brij Madhok

Consultant Laparoscopic, General, Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon


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Ewen Griffiths

Consultant Upper GI Surgeon


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Tomasz Graja

Consultant Breast, Hernia and General Surgeon


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How do I choose a private hernia reapair surgeon?

We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:

  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
  • When and where did you receive training in hernia repair?
  • What is your position and role within the NHS?
  • How many hernia repairs do you undertake each year?
  • Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
  • How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
  • Will my procedure be open surgery or a laparoscopic hernia repair (keyhole surgery)?
  • Will I require a local or general anaesthetic or an overnight stay?
  • What will be my hernia repair recovery time be?

Which hospitals and clinics provide hernia repairs?

The following private hospitals and clinics offer private hernia repair operations in the UK.

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How do I choose a private hospital or clinic?

You should compare what the hospitals or clinics have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer. The location of the hospital will play an important role in your choice - search the Private Healthcare UK private hospital database to find hospitals which are within easy travelling distance so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

How much does a hernia operation cost?

If you're paying for yourself, the hernia repair surgery typically costs. £2,661. (between £1,990 and £3,730) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.

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What is included in the price?

In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:

  • All medical and nursing care during your procedure
  • Hospital fees
  • Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
  • Surgeon or consultant fees

The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.

Is my private hernia repair covered by insurance?

If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for a hernia repair – you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many private surgeons are reluctant to see a patient requiring treatment unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.

The practicalities of going private

Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.

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Authors and sources

  • Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
  • Medical information reviewed by:
  • Reviewed on 24-07-2019; next review scheduled for 24-07-2022
  • Price range calculated using costs sourced from:

LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government's Office for National Statistics.