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Brentwood Hospital

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Why choose Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital for your hernia repair surgery?

If your hernia is causing you extreme pain and discomfort then our expert general surgeons in Brentwood are here to help. All of our consultants are experienced in hernia repair surgery, providing patients across Essex with rapid access to surgery though a treatment plan which is individually tailored to you, including all hospital costs and any aftercare needed.

There are a range of different hernias which can form in different parts of the body, luckily every hernia can be removed, however some removal procedures are traditionally more invasive than others.

Depending on the size and location of your hernia, our consultants at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital will provide professional advice and recommend the most appropriate treatment for you.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital?

If you are suffering from a hernia and want to go private for your procedure, you can discuss your treatment options during an initial consultation with one of our general surgeons in Essex.

To book, please call our friendly hospital enquiry team on 01277 695 695. Alternatively, please fill out a contact form and a member of staff will get back to you at a more convenient time.

What types of hernias can you repair?

There are 2 common types of hernias that we can repair, hernia bilateral and hernia unilateral.

Hernia bilateral

This form of hernia presents itself on both sides of the groin area or lower abdomen at the same time.

Hernia unilateral

  • This type of hernia occurs on one side of the body
  • In men, an inguinal hernia happens at the inguinal canal. This is a narrow passage in which blood vessels supplying the testicle pass through the abdominal wall
  • More common in women, a femoral hernia appears in the groin
  • Femoral hernias happen at the hole in the wall of the abdomen where the femoral artery and vein pass from the abdomen into the leg
  • These hernias tend to occur following childbirth.

What happens during hernia repair surgery?

We can perform two types of surgery, both with quick recovery times. You may not even need to stay in hospital overnight.

Open surgery

  • Open repair surgery takes about 1 hour and a variety of anaesthetics may be used
  • Your surgeon will make an incision in your groin and remove the "hernial sac"
  • To strengthen the muscle layer, stitches will be used
  • They insert a synthetic mesh to cover the weak spot
  • Open surgery for groin hernia repair is usually done as a day case meaning you can go home the same day.

Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery

  • This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic
  • It normally takes about 1 hour
  • A laparoscope (tiny telescope) connected to a camera will be inserted via a very small tube (cannula) to allow your surgeon to close the weak spot from inside your abdomen
  • They will use a piece of surgical mesh and surgical staples to reinforce the area
  • You will probably go home the day of the surgery or you may spend 1 night in hospital.

How quick is the recovery?

  • Recovery from hernia repair surgery is usually very quick
  • You'll be mobile very soon after the procedure and will be encouraged to increase how much you walk around over the first few days post surgery
  • Most patients return to normal daily activities within a week
  • Your consultant at Glasgow Hospital will inform you of any specific "dos and don'ts", depending on your type of hernia and the chosen surgery.

Are there any risks with hernia repair?

As with all operations, hernia repair surgery has a risk of complications. Be sure to discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

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