Private hernia surgery in London – a patient guide

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London-based and need hernia surgery? You’re in luck!

If you’re searching for private hernia surgery in London, you may very well have a load of questions about your care.

There’s no getting away from it: surgery is a big decision. Luckily for you, at Practice Plus Group, we’re committed to making it less overwhelming by guiding you through every step of your journey. From picking the right hospital to knowing what to expect during recovery, we’ve got you covered.

So, buckle up and let’s get started on your journey to better health!

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Private hernia surgery at a glance

  • Waiting time: 4-6 weeks
  • Cost: £2,999
  • Ways to pay: self-pay and insured
  • Hospital stay: same-day recovery
  • Procedure time: 30-45 minutes

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Which hospital in London is best for hernia surgery?

When selecting a private provider for hernia surgery, it’s important to consider the following factors:

  • experience levels of the consultants
  • patient reviews
  • the quality of the facilities
  • location of the hospital.

Reputable clinics offer comprehensive care from consultation to post-operative follow-ups.

The table below compares information about hospitals in London that offer hernia surgery.

Name of hospitalIs hernia surgery available?Waiting timePatient review rating (Doctify)Total cost
Practice Plus Group Hospital, IlfordYes4-6 weeks4.2£3,094 (including £95 consultation fee)
Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s HospitalYesUnknown4.7from £3,500
Spire London EastYesUnknown4.8– Inguinal open surgery – from £3,269
– Keyhole surgery – from £4,270

Practice Plus Group for hernia surgery in East London

Good news! Hernia repair surgery is available at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford! Our clean, modern and comfortable London facility specialises in planned surgery for NHS, private, and insured patients.

With short waiting times and excellent clinical outcomes, you can look forward to getting back on your feet sooner than you might have thought.

You can find us in Ilford, Essex in East London. The big helpful purple pin in the map below shows where we are in relation to the East London area.

Map showing location of Practice Plus Group in Ilford, London

Why choose Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford?

Right, let’s get to the point. You’ve dug through the options on your research travels, so why choose us? Well, the mic drop moment is that 99% of all our patients would recommend us as a healthcare provider to their friends and family. And that’s not all, at our East London hospital, you can expect:

  • Shorter waiting times: fast access to surgery without lengthy NHS waiting lists
  • Personalised care: tailored treatment plans with a dedicated consultant
  • Advanced facilities: access to state-of-the-art surgical techniques and modern facilities
  • Flexibility: choose surgery dates and times convenient to you
  • Affordability: hernia surgery at Practice Plus Group is cheaper than other private providers in the area.

Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford walking tour

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How much is a hernia operation in London?

When you think of words to describe London, ‘affordable’ may not be at the top of the list (or on the list at all!). In fact, if you’re planning on having hernia surgery in London, you can expect to pay anything between £2,100 to £6,000. The reason for the £4,000 difference in price is the type of hernia surgery you need.

Thankfully, Practice Plus Group are here to provide you with an affordable alternative. With us, hernia repair surgery costs £2,999, no matter where you live in the UK.

The cost of your treatment at Ilford and initial consultation includes:

  • any blood tests you may need
  • hospital stay (if necessary)
  • access to an experienced consultant
  • access to our excellent care and facilities.

Compare hernia operation costs in London

Name of healthcare providerConsultation feePrice of hernia surgeryTotal cost
Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford£95£2,999£3,094
New Victoria HospitalUnknown£2,895 – £4,440 (depending on the type of surgery)from £3,000
Spire London East£150 – £200from £3,269Inguinal open surgery – from £3,269

Keyhole surgery – from £4,270
Circle Heath Group, Stepney GreenUnknownfrom £3,000 (depending on the type of surgery)from £3,000 (depending on the type of surgery)

Payment options

You can choose to pay for yourself in one lump sum or in instalments via our finance partner, Chrysalis Finance.

Insurance is also an option. If you have health insurance cover, check that it covers hernia surgery – you might be in luck!

Waiting times for hernia repair surgery in London

The stated aim for the maximum NHS waiting time for non-urgent consultant-led treatments is 18 weeks. However, thanks to global pandemics and high patient demand, this isn’t always possible.

For example, the average waiting time for general surgery at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is currently 27 weeks1.

The current waiting time for a hernia operation at Practice Plus Group hospital Ilford is just four-to-six weeks following your initial consultation.

Hernia repair surgery in London – what to expect

If you’re still umming and erring about choosing Practice Plus Group, perhaps the information below will sway your decision.

Who is eligible for treatment at Ilford?

At Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford, eligibility for hernia repair surgery depends on:

  • the patient’s overall health and medical history
  • the patient’s ability to undergo surgery.


Our facility in Ilford, London is modern, comfortable, and boasts a 100% clean record for hospital acquired infections.

Patients can expect:

  • free wi-fi
  • daily changing meals made by our catering team
  • same-sex room with an en-suite bathroom
  • a ‘one-stop-service’ for outpatient appointments.

Preparing for hernia surgery

Your outpatient appointment provides an opportunity for you to meet your consultant. He or she will perform your treatment and answer any questions you have.

The procedure

Hernias happen when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle wall or tissue. The procedure may differ depending on the type of hernia you have – for example for an umbilical hernia or inguinal hernia surgery.

The procedure takes between 30 and 45 minutes for a routine groin hernia. This may take longer for an incisional hernia. Surgery always requires local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic.

We specialise in keyhole (laparoscopic) and open surgery.

Laparoscopic hernia repair in London

Also called laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, keyhole surgery sees a surgeon use an instrument called a laparoscope (a thin telescope with a light). The laparoscope is passed through the abdominal wall via small incisions which allow the surgeon to use various instruments to repair the hernia.

Open hernia repair surgery

During open hernia repair surgery, your hernia surgeon will make an incision over your hernia. They will then push the protruding tissue back through the muscle. This area of weakened muscle will have mesh either glued or stapled to it before the wound is closed with stitches.

Recovery and care

In most cases, you’ll be able to go home on the same day as your surgery. Our team will give you advice and support to ensure that your hernia repair heals properly. We usually do not need to see you after the operation but will give you a call to make sure you are recovering well.

Generally, you should be able to return to your normal activities around four to six weeks after the procedure. However, recovery time from a hernia operation can vary depending on the type of surgery you have, your overall health and how closely you follow the rehabilitation plan.

Getting to our London hospital

We are located within the grounds of King George Hospital. There are a number of ways to travel to Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford, including public transport.

When you arrive please register at reception so we know you’re here. A member of staff will collect you for your appointment.

About the area

Ilford is a large town in East London. Our address is: Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford, Barley Lane, Ilford, Essex IG3 8YY.

The surrounding areas offer several walking routes that cater to people of all abilities – ideal for those looking to get back on their feet in recovery.

Visiting information

Visiting hours on the inpatient ward are between 1pm-5pm and 6pm-7pm every day (limited to two visitors per patient, per day). As much as we value them as our future, children are not permitted on the ward.

Find more visiting information for Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford.

How to book

If you are paying for your own treatment, you can self-refer. This means you won’t necessarily need to make a GP appointment beforehand. You can ring our Private Patient Advisors on 0330 822 6530 to find out what your options are. Once your referral has been processed, our friendly staff will book you in for your hernia surgery.

Get treated by the best hernia surgeons in London

We all like to see a friendly face, so why not meet ours? Our experienced hernia specialists in London are ready to provide you with top-quality healthcare from start to finish.

Hernia surgeon Q&A

Patient question: How long does hernia repair surgery take?

Surgeon answer: Typically between 30-45 minutes depending on the severity of the injury and the patient’s specific need.

Patient question: When can I go back to work after hernia repair surgery?

Surgeon answer: This depends on the type of work you do. Manual labour should be avoided for at least a few months after surgery.

Patient question: How long will it take to recover?

Surgeon answer: Every patient recovers at different rates. Generally, you can expect to be fully recovered after three months.

Access private hernia surgery near you

Ready to feel better? Get fast access to hernia treatment to start your recovery journey.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

Sources and references


Erika Birgiolaite


Ms Erika Birgiolaite qualified at Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in 2014. She undertook surgical training in LUHS hospital Kauno Klinikos which she completed in 2019. Major focus of her training was inflammatory bowel disease and laparoscopic colorectal and abdominal surgery. In addition she attended surgical training course in Davos Switzerland and EAES laparoscopic surgery safety course. After her training Ms Birgiolaite worked as a consultant general surgeon in a regional hospital, where she focused on urgent and trauma surgery, laparoscopic and open hernia repair and anorectal diseases.
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