Using this guide What's covered

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.

Cost indicator

Discover the typical out-of-pocket costs HCF members can expect to pay for hernia and hydrocoele repair, and learn how your choice of doctor and hospital affect that cost. 

Here you can look up the costs of open and laparoscopic repairs.


Open hernia costs Scope hernia costs

Learn about Inguinal Hernia repair

This short animation shows how an inguinal hernia can develop, how it can be pulled back into the abdomen and mesh inserted to stop it recurring. 

Learn about ventral incisional hernia repair

See how a ventral incisional hernia can develop, and how it can be repaired though laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. 

The basics

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
  • Anaesthetist
  • Nurses
  • Pathologist (if blood tests are necessary)


Preparing for surgery

Hernias and hydrocoele explained

What they are and how they come about.
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Choosing a specialist

How to find a surgeon who specialises in your procedure.
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Questions for your specialist

What you should be asking before going ahead with surgery.
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Preparing for your procedure

Pre-operative tests and what to take to hospital.
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Surgery and aftercare

Going to hospital

What to expect on the day of your surgery.
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Your procedure

What happens in the operating theatre.
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Your hospital stay and recovery.
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Patient experiences

HCF members who've had hernia repair talk about their preparation, hospital stay and recovery.
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