Hernia surgery in Kent: a patient guide

If you need hernia surgery in Kent, you might be in the process of gathering information about the area as well as the procedure itself. The county of Kent offers a range of options for your hernia surgery, but which is likely to be the best for you? And how specifically can you find the facility that best suits your needs? Our dedicated article aims to help provide you all the information you need to make an informed decision about your hernia treatment.

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Private hernia surgery at a glance:

  • Surgery within 4-6 weeks
  • Costs just £2,999
  • Available at a range of our UK locations
  • Finance options available

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Hernia surgery: what to expect at our surgical centre in Kent

While Kent boasts a range of medical options, you can be sure that Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham (formerly known as Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre) will be able to meet your hernia surgery needs. If you choose Practice Plus Group, our team of highly qualified consultants and nurses will be with you on every step of your healthcare journey.


We strive to make patients as comfortable as possible. Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham welcomes day patients. Those needing to stay overnight are transferred to our sister hospital at Practice Plus Group, Ilford. For all patients, we offer free onsite parking and wi-fi. Tea, coffee, and refreshments are also available for patients and visitors.

Success rates

In March 2023, Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham performed 160% of the hernia procedures that were expected.


We’re committed to providing all our patients with successful, pain-free outcomes. But don’t just take our word for it! The patient testimonials below will give you an idea of the standards we uphold at Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham.

Patient testimonial

“I was very nervous at the start of my visit but was absolutely amazed at the professional and caring service. The staff were so helpful and kind to make my experience worry-free.”

Hernia procedures at Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham

Hernia surgery is considered a major procedure and requires the use of anaesthesia. There are two types of hernia surgery: keyhole and open. Both types can be performed at Practice Plus Group. Keyhole hernia surgery involved the use of a small microscope that is passed through the body via tiny incisions. Open hernia surgery is where the surgeon makes an incision over the top of your hernia and pushes it back through the muscle. This muscle is then glued or stapled back together and the wound closed with stitches.

The most effective hernia surgery for you depends on the type of hernia you have and where it is on your body.

Hernia surgery prices in Kent

With the range of private healthcare options in Kent, you’re certain of finding a hospital to suit your treatment and financial needs. At Spire’s Alexandra hospital, the cost of surgery depends on the type of hernia you have. For example, open surgery for an inguinal hernia in the groin costs around £3,295, while laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery on a hiatus hernia starts from £6,455.

At Practice Plus Group, we’re proud to offer transparent, fixed pricing. At all our hospitals and surgical centres, hernia repair surgery costs £2,999 plus £95 for your initial consultation. This is inclusive of any tests you need and covers all your after surgery care.

Ways to pay

There are 3 ways to access hernia repair at Practice Plus Group:

Hernia surgery waiting lists in Kent

The NHS waiting times vary depending on which hospital you visit. For example, at the East Kent Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the waiting time for hernia repair surgery is around seven months. Meanwhile, the waiting time at the Medway NHS Foundation Trust is around four months.

At Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham, the current waiting time for hernia surgery is just four weeks.

Find a hernia consultant in Kent

Choosing a hernia surgeon can seem like a tricky task, but with our wide network of first-class healthcare professionals, you won’t be looking for long. To help you narrow down your search, you can use our website to filter by treatment, location, and language to browse our Gillingham hernia surgeons.

Our private hospital in Gillingham, Kent

Our surgical centre in Gillingham provides day surgery, while in-patient surgical procedures are carried out at our sister hospital in Ilford. If you are scheduled for in-patient surgical treatment in London, you can attend all your pre-operative and post-operative appointments at either Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham or Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford.

Why Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham?

At all our locations throughout the UK, we pride ourselves on delivering high quality healthcare for all our patients.

Since opening in 2005, Practice Plus Group Hospital, Gillingham has carried out over 1,500 hernia operations.

Preparing for hernia surgery repair at Gillingham Surgical Centre

Having hernia repair surgery can be quite a daunting prospect, no matter which part of the country you’re based. That’s why we’ve put the following information together. It’s specifically designed to help you fully prepare for your time with us and the surgery ahead.

Travel and arrival

Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham is located to the east of the town centre. It’s easily accessible by car from the M2, just north of junction 4 on the A278 Hoath Way. Regular trains will take you into Gillingham station where we’re just a 7 minute taxi ride away. Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham is also well served by buses from the town centre.

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Parking on-site is available to all patients and visitors, free of charge.


One of the benefits of being treated at Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham is the ‘one-stop-service’ of your outpatient appointment. Where possible, we will complete any pre-treatment tests during your initial consultation. This is to save you making multiple trips in case you don’t live locally. Our anaesthetists and rehabilitation team will assess you at the same time.

The procedure

Depending on what type of hernia you have, you’ll be given either local or general anaesthetic. The type of surgery you have will also depend on your hernia and where it is on your body.

Same-day procedures

Same day hernia procedures take place at Practice Plus Group Surgical Centre, Gillingham.

Overnight procedures

If your hernia procedure requires an overnight stay, you’ll be transferred to our sister hospital at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford.

The recovery

Recovery from hernia surgery doesn’t generally take as long as knee or hip procedures, however, this depends on the type of hernia you had. When you leave the hospital after your treatment, you’ll be given full details of your follow-up care. We will inform your GP that you’ve been discharged from the hospital. Day case patients are phoned the day after their surgery to check that they are recovering well.

After surgery

Following your surgery, it’s crucial to rest and take care of yourself.

If you have any worries or concerns, please call our reception line on 0330 200 1730. They can direct your inquiry accordingly.

At home

Once you arrive home, there are a few things you can do to help ensure a swift recovery. Asking friends and family to help you with shopping and household tasks is a good idea. As is making sure to remove trip hazards and making it easy to move around your home.

Our dedicated Preparing for surgery blog offers top tips on getting yourself and your home ready before and after your procedure.

Access affordable hernia surgery near you

At Practice Plus Group Hospitals we’re passionate about giving patients a positive experience and excellent clinical outcomes, with personalised care every step of the way. Whether you’re using self-pay healthcare or private medical insurance, with our short waiting times, unrivalled Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings and high levels of cleanliness and infection control, we’ll make sure you’re looked after.