Whether you have medical insurance or are paying for your treatment yourself, Spire Bristol Hospital's One-Stop Hernia Clinic, offers quick access to experts in hernia diagnosis and treatment.
What is a hernia?
An abdominal hernia is a small lump that occurs when some of the contents of the abdomen (such as part of the intestine) pushes through a weakness in the abdominal wall. It can occur in anyone, however commonly result from a strain in the stomach area, when pressure is raised through activities such as persistent coughing, lifting heavy objects or straining on the toilet.
Leaving your hernia untreated may cause it to become larger and uncomfortable. In some cases, part of the intestine can twist inside the hernia, cutting off the blood supply. This is known as a strangulated hernia and, although rare, would require emergency surgery.
What is a hernia operation?
A hernia operation is intended to repair and strengthen the abdominal wall. The intestine is pushed back into its correct place and a synthetic mesh is often used to strengthen the weak spot in the abdominal wall.
Is hernia surgery available on the NHS?
Some types of hernia surgery are currently not funded by the NHS in certain areas of the UK and waiting lists are becoming significantly longer. In some cases, they are restricted to those individuals with very serious symptoms. For these reasons, many people opt for private hernia treatment.
Why should I consider the One-Stop Hernia Clinic?
Whether you have medical insurance or are paying for your treatment yourself, with our One-Stop Hernia Clinic, we aim for you to be seen within a week by one of our Consultant Surgeons, Andrew Hollowood or Dan Titcomb. You will receive your diagnosis on the day of your consultation, and avoid potential weeks of waiting.
The Hernia Clinic is held on alternate Monday evenings 6pm – 8pm and every Tuesday 10am – 12pm. The cost of a consultation at the Hernia Clinic is £150.
If you would like to book a consultation at Spire Bristol's One-Stop Hernia Clinic please contact our Bookings Team on 0117 980 4070.