Using this guide What's covered
Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about inguinal hernia repairs. Learn how the surgeries are done, what they may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how these surgeries are done, view our animations below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
What are inguinal hernias?
A hernia occurs when tissue bulges out through an opening in your muscles. An inguinal hernia occurs in your groin.
Some people choose to delay surgery for their hernias; but, children with inguinal hernias usually do need surgery.
Other types of hernia
There are several other types of hernia not covered here:
- hiatus hernia – when your stomach bulges through your diaphragm. See the costs of hiatus hernia repair surgery here.
- femoral hernia – in your groin, upper thigh or labia.
- ventral incisional hernia – on the site of a previous surgical incision.
- umbilical hernia – usually seen in newborns. It’s caused by a weakness in the area around the baby’s belly button, and it usually resolves by itself.
- hydrocoele – a bag which fills with fluid and appears in one or both sides of a man’s scrotum. They're also common in newborn babies but normally disappear a few months after birth.
Where is it done?
Hernia repairs are done in a specialised day surgery, or in the day surgery department of an overnight hospital.
How long does it take?
Usually between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on how complex it is.
- nurses (during your surgery and recovery)
- pathologist (if blood tests are necessary).
Alternatives to inguinal hernia repair
Options that may delay your need for surgery.
Types of inguinal hernia surgery
Your repair may be performed as keyhole or open surgery.
Results vs risks of the surgery
The benefits and potential complications of surgery.
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