Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery Cost and Procedure Guide
Written by Medical Quality Officer, David Jones , MPharm
Medical Review by Chief Medical Officer, Mr. Dan Howcroft , FRCS (Tr&Orth), MBBS
Inguinal hernia surgery is a procedure to repair a bulge in the groin area. While there are various types of hernias, the inguinal type is the most common. This procedure offers the patient relief from discomfort or pain and prevents potential complications.
30 to 120 minutes
Day case or one night
General or local
What is a hernia?
A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the surrounding muscle or tissue wall.
An inguinal hernia appears as a bulge in the groin at the top of the inner thigh and is typically more common in men. It may also present as an enlarged scrotum. It arises when the contents of the abdomen, often a part of the intestine or fatty tissue, push through a passage in the lower abdomen. The swelling may be painful. The lump often appears when lifting something and can disappear when lying down.
What is the inguinal area?
The inguinal region, sometimes called the groin, is the lower part of the abdominal wall. It's a small area of great importance, as it serves as a passageway for structures such as the blood vessels and nerves.
What is the abdominal wall?
The abdominal wall consists of a robust layer of muscles and tendons stretching from your ribs down to your groin. It functions as a natural corset, securing all internal organs, particularly the intestines (bowels), within your abdomen.
Other types of hernias
- Femoral Hernias - Lower down than inguinal and more common in women. Femoral hernias are also associated with ageing and repeated strain on the tummy, e.g. through pregnancy and childbirth.
- Umbilical Hernias - Occur when fatty tissue or part of the bowel pokes through the tummy near the belly button.
- Incisional hernia - this is caused by a weakness in the area of a previous surgery. This hernia occurs when part of the internal tissue pokes through at or near the incision area.
- Hiatal Hernias - Involves the stomach and diaphragm. They occur when part of the stomach pushes up into the chest by squeezing through an opening in the diaphragm, the thin sheet of muscle that separates the chest from the tummy.