Hernia Surgery

Hernia Surgery

From £2,950

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What is hernia repair or ‘hernia surgery’?

It is very common for hernia operations to be carried out privately due to long NHS waiting lists. So if you’re looking to get your hernia repaired quickly so you can get back to work, the gym, or just a pain-free lifestyle, enquire with Pall Mall today. Benefit from no waiting lists, same-week consultations, and surgery within 1-2 weeks.

At Pall Mall, we can repair all sorts of hernias, including inguinal, epigastric, femoral, incisional, spigelian, sportsman, and ventral. Your hernia repair will be performed by our leading Consultant General Surgeon, Mr Prasad, at our privately owned hospital in Newton-le-Willows (between Liverpool and Manchester), with no NHS referral required. You’ll also benefit from your own private en-suite room including a TV and free WIFI.

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From £2,950

Procedure time
120 minutes

Types of hernia

The varieties of hernias are based on where they are situated on the body. Below is a list of common hernias:

  • Femoral hernia: Femoral hernias are most commonly found in women following childbirth. A femoral hernia is situated just below the groin at the hole in the abdomen wall where the femoral artery leads to the leg.
  • Groin (inguinal) hernia: Perhaps the most common type of hernia, the inguinal hernia is most common in men. This type of hernia is found at the inguinal canal where the blood vessels supply blood to the testicles.
  • Umbilical hernia: More commonly found on newborns and young children, these hernias form around or on the belly button (where the umbilical cord is attached during pregnancy). Umbilical hernias can also present themselves in patients who might be overweight or who have recently given birth.
  • Incisional hernia: Incisional hernias form on scars caused by historic surgical incisions during surgery on the abdomen.

You can find out more about hernias on our hernia condition page.

Symptoms of a hernia

Below is a list of common symptoms and signs of a hernia. If you’re in doubt, please book an appointment with us for an initial consultation.

  • A visible and tender swelling is found in the groin or in the abdomen.
  • A pain or ache around the testicles (sometimes with swelling present).
  • Discomfort at the abdomen or groin when bending or lifting.
  • A heavy ache or feeling in the abdomen.
  • Frequent constipation or blood in stools (please always immediately seek medical advice if you find blood in your stool).
  • A new pressure or weakness is felt at the groin.
  • Shooting pain in the abdomen or groin.

How much does a hernia operation cost?

Private Surgeon Consultation £195
Open hernia repair From £2,950
Aftercare Included

Hernia surgery finance

You can get a free of charge finance example by speaking to our friendly team. This can indicate your likely monthly costs, deposit amount and length of repayments. You will not need to register or have any credit checks performed for this. Use our finance calculator to work out a monthly payment plan.

  • 0% Finance available*
  • 12-60 months finance plan
  • No deposit required
  • No hidden costs
  • Quick & easy online application

Hernia surgery on private medical insurance

We work with all the major private medical insurance providers. This means you may be able to cover the cost of this service by using your medical insurance policy. You should always contact your insurer before booking an appointment. Your insurer will check that your policy covers this service at Pall Mall Medical and they can pre-authorise your treatment. You’ll need to provide us with your insurer details and pre-authorisation code when you get in touch.

What happens during
hernia repair surgery?

From your first call or email, we’re here to look after you. Whether you’re still researching about hernia repair surgery and would like more information, or you’re ready to meet a surgeon to see what results you can achieve, our team are here to help.

There are two types of hernia surgery that can be undertaken. Your surgeon will assess the most suitable surgical plan for you and explain every step pre-operation.


If you are keen to learn more and see what Pall Mall can do for you, we will arrange a consultation with a surgeon that lasts between 20-45 minutes. During this time your surgeon will examine the affected area and diagnose if the you have a hernia or not. They will be able to explain what causes hernias, ask a few questions about your lifestyle and then start talking you through some potential treatment plans.

Your surgeon may also talk to your about the best anaesthetic choice during surgery so that you’re unable to feel any of the surgery. This might include a general anaesthetic (that puts you to sleep), an epidural anaesthetic (you would be awake but won’t feel anything below your waist) or a local anaesthetic (you would be awake but can’t feel any sensation in your abdomen).

Open Surgery

If your surgeon opts for traditional open surgery, then you will be prepped for surgery at our private hospital and made to feel comfortable.

Your surgeon will start by making a single incision (cut) over the hernia area and push the protruding tissue back into your abdomen.

Once satisfied that the tissue has been properly relocated, they will use either staples or a glue mesh to the incision site to provide reinforcement to the area on the abdominal wall. Your wound will be closed with stitches, cleaned and you’ll be talked through your recovery guidance.

Keyhole (laparoscopic) Surgery

If your surgeon judges that you require keyhole surgery then there are a few more steps that will need to be undertaken.

Your surgeon will start by making incisions to your abdomen and insert gas so that your abdomen and internal organs are more easily visible. A small thin tube with a light and camera (called a laparoscope) is used to transmit video to a screen so that the surgeon can clearly see inside your abdomen.

Using microsurgical tools and instruments, your surgeon will expertly move the protruding tissue back into place. Like open surgery, your abdomen wall will be reinforced with mesh. Any excess gas inside your abdomen is then released and your incision will be closed with stitches.

Keyhole surgery is likely to shorten the recovery period and be less painful compared to open surgery.


Most patients go home on the same day of surgery, or if the surgery is later in the day and/or further monitoring is required, they may stay overnight at our private hospital. Below are a few things you can and can’t do to help recovery:

  • You definitely can’t drive in the first 24 hours after surgery so make sure you have a nominated driver to pick you up from the hospital after surgery. It may be worth staying out of the driving seat for around 10 days after surgery to avoid discomfort. You should also check your car insurance policy as some insurance providers state that driving after surgery up until a certain time period can invalidate the cover.
  • Apply gentle pressure to your incision site with a cushion or hand if you’re about to sneeze or cough. This can help reduce sudden pain at the incision site.
  • Listen to your surgeon for aftercare guidance on how to wash and keep clean post-surgery. They will advise timeframes on what you can and can’t do. We typically advise avoiding showering until 48 hours after surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous activities, work, or sports that could harm your stitches. It may be a few weeks before you should resume such activities.
  • Avoid sexual activities for at least 2-3 weeks to protect your incision site and not damage your stitches.

“I had breast reduction with Mr. Prasad and it was an amazing experience, my coordinator Vicky was always there when I had any question, I had a couple of extra appointments with Mr Prasad before my operation as I was nervous and anxious about size and procedure and he always took the time to listen and reassure me that everything will be ok and on the day of the surgery he was so kind and lovely same of all staff at the clinic, the results were amazing! my life changed so much since, is the best thing I did and I am so happy to choose Pall Mall Cosmetics as they were so nice before, during and after my surgery. I highly recommend it. Thank you Pall Mall Cosmetics!” – Ana, Pall Mall patient


Hernia Repair Surgeons

Mr Prasad

Mr Ramachandran Prasad
Consultant General Surgeon

Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of hernias can you repair?

Our Consultant Surgeons can repair all sorts of hernias, including inguinal, epigastric, femoral, incisional, spigelian, sportsman and ventral.

What should I do before and after my procedure?

General and more specific guidelines will be given to you by your consultant when you are booked for surgery and your procedure will be explained to you and where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. The consultant anaesthetist that will be involved in your case and our practice manager will also contact you in the week running up to surgery.

How much time should I take off work?

Every case and patient are different and this is something that you should discuss with your consultant at your consultation and before your are booked for surgery.

When can I go home?

Depending on your procedure, most patients usually go home on the same day or the day after surgery. This will be discussed with you on the day of your procedure.

Will I need a follow up appointment?

Yes, your consultant will follow up your procedure. You will be told about your follow up appointment on discharge.

What medications should I take after my procedure?

This will be discussed with you prior to surgery. After any procedure you may be given additional medications such as pain killers to take home. The doses, times to take the medications and other instructions around these medications will be explained to you in detail before discharge.

How long will it take me to recover?

Patients who choose to have their repair under local anaesthetic typically recover much quicker than patients who choose general anaesthetic.

In terms of your recovery, you’ll be back to full fitness in 4-6 weeks.

For other activities:

  • Gym/swimming –  4-6 weeks
  • Sexual activities – 2-3 weeks
  • Flying –  2 week (or no restrictions if under local anaesthetic)
  • Swim – 4-6 weeks
  • Shower – 48 hours
  • Driving – 10 days
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