A hernia develops when an internal part of your body, such as an organ, pushes through a weak area in the surrounding muscle or tissue. The most common type of hernia is called an inguinal hernia. This is when tissue or part of your bowel, such as the intestine, protrudes into your groin area. It can appear as a lump or bulge in your groin or as an enlarged scrotum (the pouch containing the testicles). The lump may be painful, especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.
Inguinal hernias are most common in older men. As you get older, the muscles around your tummy can become weaker. This type of hernia is also associated with repeated strain on the tummy. If your hernia is painful or getting bigger, you may need a routine operation to repair it. A hernia does not get better on its own and can cause complications. An inguinal hernia can be repaired using either standard open or keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. Your surgeon will explain their experience and discuss which type of procedure suits you best. Keyhole surgery may be recommended if you have been treated for a hernia before, but it has returned.
Here at The Holly Private Hospital, we have an expert team of hernia repair consultants. We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package for hernia repair. Prices for keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery to repair an inguinal hernia on one side and a follow-up appointment start from £3,000 (terms and conditions apply). For more information and eligibility criteria, speak to one of our self-pay advisors by calling