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Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about hernia and hydrocoele repair. Learn how the surgery works, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how the surgery is done, view our procedure animations below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
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What are hernias and hydrocoele?
A hernia is the protrusion of an organ or tissue through an abnormal opening. A hiatus hernia, which is a protrusion of the stomach through the diaphragm, is quite different so isn't covered here. However, you can see the costs.
A hydrocoele is a bag which fills with fluid and appears in one or both sides of the scrotum. They're common in newborn babies but normally vanish a few months after birth.
Where is the procedure done?
Both hernia and hydrocoele repair are done in a specialised day surgery, or in the day surgery department of an overnight hospital.
How long does it take?
Hernia repairs vary, depending on size and severity. They usually take 1-2 hours.
Hydrocoele repairs take around 30 minutes.
Who is involved?
- Your surgeon
- There may be an assistant surgeon
- Pathologist (if blood tests are necessary)
Preparing for surgery
Hernias and hydrocoele explained
What they are and how they come about.
Choosing a specialist
How to find a surgeon who specialises in your procedure.
Questions for your specialist
What you should be asking before going ahead with surgery.
Preparing for your procedure
Pre-operative tests and what to take to hospital.
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