Hernia surgery at Spire Thames Valley Hospital

Inclusive treatment and care from £2,685

At Spire Thames Valley Hospital, we offer some of the latest techniques to repair inguinal hernias – a swelling or lump in your groin caused by a weakness in your abdominal wall muscles.

An inguinal hernia operation involves pushing the bulging tissue back into place and repairing your abdominal wall.

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 treatment when you need it
  • Consultants who are experts in their field
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
  • Rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission

By Wallace Health I Medically reviewed by Adrian Roberts.
Page last reviewed: October 2018 I Next review due: October 2021

Hernia surgery: what to expect at Spire Thames Valley

At Spire Thames Valley, we take pride in providing a high standard of private hospital care to our patients in the Thames Valley, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Windsor areas.

Our consultants have wide experience in performing hernia repair surgery. They’ll offer you a treatment and recovery plan that’s tailored to you. With fast access to tests, scans and treatments, we can help relieve your symptoms and get you back to your everyday activities.

How much does Hernia surgery cost at Spire Thames Valley Hospital

Hernia surgery is available from £2,685.

It’s common for this treatment to be done privately, and with our inclusive prices and access to payment plans you’ll find it easier and more affordable, whether or not you 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 Thames Valley 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 Thames Valley

Your consultant will recommend a treatment based on the location, size and type of hernia you have and your general health. They may offer you a totally extra-peritoneal laparoscopy (TEP) for hernia surgery - a new keyhole procedure where your surgeon repairs your hernia without needing to cut into the lining covering your abdominal organs. Your consultant will use mesh to repair the weakness in your abdominal wall. This procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, so you’ll be asleep.

Your consultant will discuss the potential benefits and risks of surgery with you.

Preparing for hernia repair surgery at Spire Thames Valley

Getting here

We're only a 10 minute drive from both the M4 and M40 motorways and we’re less than half an hour from central London by train. We have free on-site parking for you and your visitors.

Your consultation

You’ll meet your chosen consultant in one of our 10 private consultation rooms. They’ll discuss:

  • Your symptoms and medical history
  • How inguinal hernia surgery works
  • The specific procedure they recommend for your needs
  • The type of 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 anything in the area being operated on)
  • The potential benefits and risks of the procedure

Your consultant may need you to have additional tests or scans before they can recommend the next steps. Sometimes, particularly if you need a general anaesthetic, you may need to have a pre-operative assessment to check your fitness and overall health before the procedure.

Hernia surgery: your procedure

Your stay

For most inguinal hernia repair surgery, you can leave on the same day, so you won’t need to stay overnight. However, if you do need to stay with us (for example if you have other medical conditions or live alone), you’ll be able to stay in one of our 38 private, en-suite rooms, all of which have:

  • A TV
  • A window
  • An armchair
  • An en-suite bathroom with towels
  • A lockable bedside table

For day case procedures, you’ll be able to relax in a private, room until you’re ready to go home. This will usually be at least six hours after your procedure.

Anaesthetic

For keyhole (laparoscopic) procedures, you’ll need a general anaesthetic, where you’ll be completely asleep. For open surgery, you can usually have a local or spinal anaesthetic, meaning you’ll be awake but unable to feel pain where you’re being operated on.

Procedure duration

Inguinal hernia repair surgery typically takes under one hour.

Q & A

Colin Elton, Consultant General Surgeon

Talking about hernia surgery

Hernia surgery: your recovery

After surgery

It’s normal to feel some pain or discomfort after hernia surgery, so to make your recovery easier, our nurses will give you medication to help you manage pain.

Going home

Your consultant will be able to advise you on your expected recovery time, based on the surgery you had and your overall health. For most people, you should be back to your usual activities in around six weeks. You’ll return for a check-up appointment with your consultant around one week after your operation.

Although everyone’s different and your consultant will be able to give you advice specific to you, here’s a typical recovery timeline:

0-1 days

Leave hospital

1-2 weeks

Light activities, such as shopping and desk-based work

4-6 weeks

Back to normal activities

  • 0-1 days


    Leave hospital

  • 1-2 weeks


    Light activities, such as shopping and desk-based work

  • 4-6 weeks


    Back to normal activities

How to get to us

Spire Thames Valley Hospital,

Wexham Street
Wexham
Bucks
SL3 6NH

Main SwitchBoard:  01753 662241

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  01753 665404

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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Sources

  • https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/inguinal-hernia-repair/
  • https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1534281-overview
  • https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/inguinal-hernia/symptoms-causes/syc-20351547
  • https://gi.surgery.ucsf.edu/conditions--procedures/inguinal-hernia.aspx
  • http://www.britishherniasociety.org/for-patients/what-does-surgery-involve/