Hernia (Epigastric) Repair (Adult)

A hernia may occur when the muscle tissue in your abdomen becomes weak. Sometimes an internal part of your body, such as the intestine, can push through such a weakness resulting in a lump protruding from your abdomen.

Most patients who contract a hernia will notice that it develops somewhere between the chest and hips. The lump that you see there may disappear when you lie down or can often be temporarily pushed back in. Coughing or straining may cause the lump to return again.

There are many types of hernia each of which describes a different cause for the lump that appears on the abdomen.

An epigastric hernia is one of the most common forms and refers to a situation where fat in your abdomen pushes through the weakness in the abdominal wall. Your doctor may recommend surgery to relieve the pain associated with the condition. Often it is not possible to permanently fix an epigastric hernia without surgery.

The epigastric hernia repair operation is a surgical procedure that takes roughly 30 minutes and is performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will cut into the hernial sac and assess the cause of the problem. If it is only fat that is pushing through the wall of the abdomen then your surgeon will either remove it or push it back in. If the contents of your abdomen are pushing through your surgeon will replace them in your abdomen.

Patients who undergo the epigastric hernia repair operation should be able to return home on the same day. Your doctor will recommend gradually increasing the speed at which you walk around over about five days. You should be able to return to your work after one or two weeks. It is possible that the hernia will return even after undergoing surgery.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal as quickly as possible. Before beginning a course of exercise consult with your medical team for advice.

At One Healthcare we can book you in to see a specialist surgeon, usually within 48 hours, for an initial consultation. Epigastric hernia repair is available at the One Hatfield Hospital in Hertfordshire and the One Ashford Hospital in Kent.

You can use your private medical insurance or pay for your Hernia (Epigastric) Repair (Adult) treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread your cost with the option of 0% finance. If you are using your health insurance please do contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Ashford Hospital

Why One Ashford

  • Modern purpose-built hospital opened in March 2016
  • Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, Xray and Ultrasound
  • Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
  • Specialist Physiotherapy and nursing teams
  • Little or no waiting time
  • ‘Ultra clean air’ theatres
  • Freshly prepared food
  • Calm, dignified experience

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