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Hernia repair at Boston West Hospital



Hernia repairs are common operations undertaken to push a hernia back into place and strengthen the weakened area. A hernia is a bulge in your body where an integral part of your body pokes through a weak area of muscle or surrounding tissue wall. Your surgeon will recommend a hernia repair if you have ongoing and severe pain or they suspect your hernia may cause serious complications.

Hernias tend to emerge mostly between your chest and hips. Common hernia types include:

  • Inguinal hernia – most common and mainly affects men. Fatty tissue or a part of your bowel pushes through into your groin at the top of your inner thigh.
  • Femoral hernia – less common than inguinal hernias and affects more women. Again, fatty tissue or a part of your bowel pushes through into your groin at the top of your inner thigh.
  • Umbilical hernias - fatty tissue or a part of your bowel pushes through your abdomen near your navel.
  • Hiatus hernias - part of your stomach passes through an opening in your diaphragm and pushes up into your chest.
  • Incisional hernias – tissue pokes through a surgical wound in your abdomen that hasn't healed fully.

A hernia repair can be performed by laparoscopic surgery using minimal access techniques or open surgery. Your general surgeon will discuss their recommended treatment for your hernia. If surgery is the best course of action they will discuss the type of surgery, based on your hernia’s location and severity.

For more information on our general surgery services or to book an appointment with a general surgeon please call us on 01205 330 118