Hernias occur when some of your insides push through a weak patch in the muscle or tissue wall. Hernias usually appear somewhere between your chest and your hips. Usually there are no or very few observable symptoms. But you may notice a bump or swelling on your abdomen or groin.
A hernia can often be pushed back into your body and can disappear when you lie down. Coughing or straining may make the lump reappear.
Types of hernia
There are many types of hernia, the ones we offer treatment for include:
An inguinal hernia is the result of fatty tissue or a bit of your bowel poking through and into your groin at the top of the inner thigh.
This is the most common form of hernia and disproportionately affects men. Hernias are often associated with aging and repeated strain on the abdomen.
We perform both laparoscopic (TAPP or TEP) hernia repair as well as open hernia repair. Your surgeon will discuss what is recommended for you during your consultation.
Like the above, a femoral hernia is also the result of fatty tissue or a bit of your bowel poking through and into your groin at the top of the inner thigh. However, they are far less common than the inguinal form and affect more women than men.
Again, like the above, a femoral hernia is often associated with aging and repeated strain on the abdomen. Your doctor will tell you whether you have an inguinal or a femoral hernia.
Umbilical and paraumbilical hernia
This type of hernia is the result of fatty tissue or a bit of your bowel poking through the abdomen at (umbilical) or near (paraumbilical) your belly button (navel).
Both forms are associated with babies. They occur if the opening in the abdomen through which the umbilical cord passes does not seal properly after birth. However, this type of hernia can occur in adults as a result of repeated strain on the abdomen.
An epigastric hernia is the result of fatty tissue poking through your abdomen in the area between your belly button (navel) and the lower part of your breastbone (sternum).
The epigastric form of hernia is one of the most common and is seen in infants, children, and adults.
Assessing a hernia
Your GP should be able to diagnose a hernia by inspecting the affected area. If diagnosis by examination is difficult, your doctor may recommend an ultrasound scan to confirm the problem or assess its extent. This is a safe and painless scan of your insides produced by bouncing radio waves between the tissue of your abdomen and the receiver.
Once your diagnosis is confirmed your doctor will then assess whether surgery is required to fix the issue. When assessing whether surgery is required, your doctor will consider a number of factors including:
- The type of hernia – some are more likely to become strangulated, or cause bowel obstruction
- The content of the hernia – if the hernia contains a part of your bowel, muscle or other tissue, there may be a risk of strangulation or obstruction
- Your symptoms and the impact on your daily life – surgery may be recommended if your symptoms are continually worsening or stopping you from performing regular activities
- Your general health – surgery may be too risky if your health is poor
While most hernia will not get better without surgery, some may not get worse either. In some cases, the risks of surgery could outweigh the benefits.
At One Healthcare we can book you in to see a specialist surgeon, usually within 48 hours, for an initial consultation. Hernia repair surgery 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 Repair 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 either the One Ashford Hospital or One Hatfield Hospital.
Why One Healthcare
- Modern purpose-built hospital opened in March 2016 (Ashford) December 2017 (Hatfield)
- 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
Contact us and find out more
Contact our team to find out more information regarding private Hernia Repair or to book an initial consultation.
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