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We are offering Outpatient appointments. In many cases these can be conducted virtually. To make an appointment, please call: 0207 806 4060.

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Patient Information

At London Hernia we specialise in hernia repair, with all consultations, treatment and surgery performed by our experienced Consultant Surgeons. This means that the team at London Hernia offer unrivalled experience in treating hernias, including complex cases that have been turned down by other hospitals or surgeons.

Patients can be reassured that London Hernia is part of the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, one of the UK’s leading private hospital with an international reputation stretching back over 160 years. test

Hernia Treatment

Treatment for Hernias

There are several types of hernias that occur within the internal part of the body which pushes through a weakness in a tissue wall or muscle and swelling appears.

The most common symptom of a hernia is a swelling that appears when you stand, cough or strain but recedes when you lie down. They can occur across the body but most often develop in the abdomen or groin.

Hernias develop when the abdominal wall wears down or tears through physical strain, injury, pregnancy or age. The muscles stretching from the chest to the top of the legs at the groin act as a protective corset for the intestines, which can bulge through when weak points occur.

Hernias may not be painful but they usually grow larger and get worse if untreated.

If you believe you may have a hernia it is best to seek medical advice.

How Does The Diagnosis Process Work?

Our clinicians are experts at detecting the form and advancement of any hernia and normally you would not need an X-ray or tests.

In a small number of cases where the symptoms are inconclusive, a Herniagram, which involves an injection in the abdominal cavity, will help your Consultant locate the hernia.

In other cases, an ultrasound, CT or MRI scan can be used but these are very rare as London Hernia Consultants are well versed at dealing with challenging diagnoses.

Most people with hernias have a common set of signs and symptoms.

You can visit our hernia types page for more information on diagnosis and treatments available at London Hernia.

Hernia Surgery Recovery

The speed of recovery does differ from person to person, however the majority of hernia patients will be able to return to their normal routine around 3 days after surgery. We do encourage gentle activity, as is comfortable, from even as early as 30 minutes following the procedure with no need for bed rest. Walking, cycling and gentle jogging can be resumed the following day. Patients with particularly physical jobs or lifestyles would be advised to take it easy and resume their routine in up to 2 weeks.

On the day of hernia surgery, following the procedure, patients can relax in a comfortable armchair for an hour or two, can eat and drink as normal and ensuring the patient is well can then return home.

Recovery from hernia surgery is relatively comfortable: dissolvable stitches are used during the surgery eliminating the need for stitches to be removed and most patients find they have no need to take painkillers once they leave.


Making an appointment

To ask a question, make an enquiry or book an appointment, contact our specialist team who are available between Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturday 9am – 3pm. Our hernia team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

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