Hernia surgery at Spire Southampton Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £3,385

At Spire Southampton Hospital, we offer inguinal hernia repair using a range of techniques. An inguinal hernia is a bulge or swelling found around your groin which is caused by a lack of strength in your abdominal wall muscles.

Your consultant will repair your hernia by moving the protruding tissue back into place and repairing the weakness in your abdominal wall muscles.

Sometimes also called

  • Herniotomy
  • Hernioplasty
  • Herniorrhaphy

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    Same-day discharge or 1 night

  • Procedure duration
    Under an hour

  • Type of anaesthetic
    General, spinal or local

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • Fast access to diagnostic tests and scans
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Transparent pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

Hernia surgery: what to expect at Spire Southampton

At Spire Southampton, we provide comprehensive private hospital care for our patients across the South Coast.

We have a team of expert consultants who have wide experience in performing hernia repair surgery. With a consultant of your choice, you can expect fast access to diagnostic tests and scans, consultations and treatment.

How much does Hernia surgery cost at Spire Southampton Hospital

Hernia surgery is available from £3,385.

People often choose to have this operation privately, and our prices include as much aftercare as you clinically need. We offer inclusive prices and access to payment plans to make it more affordable, even if you don’t have medical insurance.

The guide price displayed shows what most patients who pay for their own treatment should expect to pay for treatment. The price may vary depending on Consultant, type of anaesthetic, implant or drug used, and may also vary due to your medical history.

You can trust Spire Southampton Hospital to provide you with a single, fixed price1 so there are no surprises. Finance options are available through our chosen partner2.

1Important: Please read Spire Healthcare's terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price* when paying for yourself. 2 Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker to Zebra Health Finance Limited. Company No. 09406708. Registered at 1 Worsley Court, High Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3NJ. www.zebrahealthfinance.com Zebra Health Finance Limited is a appointed representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited and Shawbrook Bank Limited is the lender. Spire Healthcare Ltd does not receive payment for arranging credit. All parties named here are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit acceptance is subject to application and status. Terms and conditions apply.

Procedures offered for hernia surgery at Spire Southampton

We offer a variety of techniques for inguinal hernia surgery. The treatments available to you will depend on the type, size and location of your hernia and your general health. Your consultant will discuss which option is best for you.

Trans-abdominal pre-peritoneal laparoscopy (TAPP)

A keyhole procedure where your surgeon inserts the surgical instruments through your abdomen and the lining covering your abdominal organs. The weakened area of your abdomen is strengthened using a mesh insert which is glued or stapled in place. This procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, so you’ll be asleep.

Totally extra-peritoneal laparoscopy (TEP)

A newer keyhole procedure where your surgeon repairs your hernia without needing to cut into the lining covering your abdominal organs. Mesh is used to repair the weakness in your abdominal wall. This procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, so you’ll be asleep.

Lichtenstein tension-free mesh repair

An open surgery technique typically performed with either local or spinal anaesthetic which means you’ll be awake but unable to feel pain in the area being operated on. Your abdominal wall is repaired using mesh.

Preparing for hernia repair surgery at Spire Southampton

Coming into hospital

We're a 10 minute taxi ride from Southampton Central train station or 15 minutes from Southampton International Airport. There’s free parking available for you and your visitors.

Meeting your consultant

Your appointment will take place in one of our 16 consultation rooms. Your consultant will discuss:

  • Your symptoms and examine your abdomen and suspected hernia
  • Your general health and medical history
  • If they recommend any additional tests or scans to help plan your treatment
  • Your treatment options and expected recovery timeline
  • What inguinal hernia surgery involves and the potential benefits and risks
  • The anaesthetic you’ll require – either a general anaesthetic (where you’ll be asleep) or a local or spinal anaesthetic (where you’ll be awake but unable to feel pain in the area being operated on)

You may also need a pre-operative assessment before you can proceed with surgery. This will be to ensure the procedure is suitable for you, especially if you need a general anaesthetic.

Hernia surgery: your procedure

Your visit

You can usually leave hospital on the same day as your surgery. You may need to stay overnight if you have other medical conditions or live alone. If so, you’ll have one of our 84 en-suite private rooms, which will have:

  • TV
  • En-suite
  • Bedside cabinet
  • Two armchairs
  • Window
  • Telephone

If you’re able to go home on the same day, you can relax in a private room on our ward until you’re ready to leave – usually for around three hours after surgery.

The operation

During the operation, you’ll have either:

  • A general anaesthetic, meaning you’ll be asleep – usually required for keyhole (laparoscopic) procedures
  • A spinal or local anaesthetic, meaning you’ll be awake but unable to feel anything in the region being operated on – this is usually used for open hernia repair surgery

Hernia repair surgery normally takes less than one hour.

Q & A

Colin Elton, Consultant General Surgeon

Talking about hernia surgery

Hernia surgery: your recovery

Pain management

After your operation, you’ll probably feel some pain or discomfort – this is normal after surgery. Our nursing team will give you painkillers to help you with this.

Your recovery

Your consultant will provide you with your expected recovery timeline. You should be back to most activities within six weeks of your operation, though it may be sooner depending on the type of hernia repair you had. You’ll return for a check-up appointment with your consultant around one to two weeks after your operation. As a guide, here’s a typical recovery timeline for hernia repair:

Treatment and recovery timeline

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0-1 days

Leave hospital

1-2 weeks

Light activities, such as shopping and desk-based work

4-6 weeks

Back to normal activities

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.

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