How to book a hernia operation: a step-by-step guide

If you’re suffering from a hernia, an operation can alleviate discomfort and improve your quality of life. This dedicated guide is packed with information about hernias, how to prepare for surgery, and the procedure of booking a hernia operation. So join us as we seek to make your hernia surgery journey as smooth and straightforward as possible.

From understanding hernias and treatment options to finding the right surgeon and hospital, we’ve got you covered.

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Step 1: Understanding hernias and treatment options

First, you’ll need to talk to your GP or health provider to find out which type of hernia you have. He or she will then be able to recommend the type of surgery you need.

A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue protrudes through either:

  • a weak spot in the abdominal wall;
  • part of your bowel;
  • or surrounding muscle or connective tissue.

There are different types of hernias, including inguinal, femoral, incisional, and umbilical. Understanding the specific type of hernia you have is crucial to determining the most appropriate treatment approach.

Symptoms of a hernia may include:

  • a visible bulge or lump
  • discomfort or pain (especially during physical activity)
  • a feeling of weakness or pressure in the affected area.

If left untreated, hernias can lead to complications such as incarceration or strangulation. This is where the blood supply to the herniated tissue is compromised. Find out when to worry about hernia pain here.

While non-surgical treatments like lifestyle modifications and the use of supportive garments may provide temporary relief, in some cases, surgery is the best option. During a hernia operation, the protruding tissue is pushed back into place. The weakened muscle wall or tissue is then repaired to prevent further herniation.

There are different surgical approaches for hernia repair. These include:

  • open surgery: involves making an incision directly over the hernia
  • laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery: involves making several small incisions and using specialised instruments to repair the hernia.
  • Both types require either local or general anaesthetic.

When you know what type of hernia surgery you need, you can start looking into booking the procedure.

Step 2: Identifying the best hospital for your hernia repair

Finding a qualified and experienced surgeon is crucial for a successful hernia operation. Start by asking for recommendations from your GP, seeking referrals from friends and family, and reading patient reviews.

Research potential surgeons and review their credentials, experience, and success rates. You’ll need to choose a surgeon who specialises in hernia repair and has a good track record of successful surgeries.

In addition to finding the right surgeon, it is important to select a reputable hospital or surgical facility. Look for a facility with the following:

  • state-of-the-art equipment
  • dedicated teams of healthcare professionals
  • a continuously high standard of patient care and safety.

At Practice Plus Group, we’re passionate about excellent clinical outcomes and personalised care. Our short waiting times, unrivalled Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings, and high levels of cleanliness help ensure we provide all our patients with a high level of care.

Step 3: Consultation and assessment

Once you have identified a potential surgeon and hospital, schedule a consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your hernia, discuss the surgical approach, and address any concerns or questions you may have. They will also assess your general health and medical history to ensure you are a suitable candidate for surgery.

Information about our experienced surgeons can be found on our website, and they can be searched for by speciality or location.

You can book a consultation by:

  • calling us on 0333 060 6126 or
  • submitting an enquiry form.

An initial appointment with us costs £95. This includes X-rays and blood tests.

Step 4: Consider private hernia operation costs

Before proceeding with the hernia operation, it is important to understand the financial aspects of the procedure. Make sure you’re comfortable with the total cost of the surgery and remember to factor in any additional fees. If you’ve got health insurance, you should also check to see if your policy covers hernia operations.

At Practice Plus Group, our treatments are up to 30% less expensive in cost than our competitors. With us, hernia repair surgery costs £2,999 (plus the £95 for the initial consultation). Our costs are package prices. This means that everything you need during your time with us (overnight stays, prescriptions, follow up appointments) are included in the price.

If you’re paying for yourself, payment needs to be made seven days prior to the start of your treatment. This can be done via credit or debit card, BACS, or through our finance partner Chrysalis.

Step 5: Book your hernia operation date

Once you’re happy with your choice of care provider and treatment option, it’s time to schedule your operation.

Where to go to book your hernia operation

To book your private hernia surgery with us:

What’s the procedure to book a hernia operation?

In most circumstances, there is no need to be referred by your GP.

If you are paying for yourself, arrange a date and time for your procedure that is convenient for you.

If you have chosen the private medical insurance option, you will need to obtain your authorisation number from your insurance provider. You will then be able to call, email or submit an online enquiry form to book an initial consultation with us.

How long do you have to wait for hernia surgery?

At Practice Plus Group, you’ll usually have your surgery between four and six weeks after your initial consultation.

Step 6: Prepare for your hernia surgery

So, you’re all booked in and ready to go. Right? Well, maybe. Once you’ve scheduled the operation, you’ll receive instructions on how to prepare for the surgery. These may include fasting before the procedure, adjusting medication routines, and following specific preoperative guidelines. It is important to adhere to these instructions to help ensure the operation goes smoothly.

You may also want to start preparing for your recovery time at home. Removing potential trip hazards from your living environment and telling friends and family about your operation are both important things to consider. In most cases, you will go home on the same day of surgery.

Booking your hernia repair – take the next step

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can navigate the process with confidence and ensure the best possible outcome for your hernia repair surgery. Remember, always consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice and recommendations based on your specific condition.

Ready to book your hernia treatment and get back to your everyday life? Enquire via our booking form.