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Keyhole Surgery

Keyhole Surgery (laparoscopic surgery) involves four small incisions made through the abdominal wall through which a small thin telescope and surgical instruments are positioned to examine and deal with the hernia internally.

During Hernia Keyhole Surgery (laparoscopic surgery) a surgeon will make four small incisions in the abdominal wall. They will then insert a small, thin telescope and the necessary surgical instruments so they can examine and deal with the hernia internally.

Laparoscopic hernia repair (keyhole surgery)

Hernia Keyhole Surgery, commonly known as ‘Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery’, involves the examination and correction of a hernia through four small incisions in the abdominal wall. This form of hernia repair allows the surgeon to deal with the problem internally.

This minimally invasive technique uses carbon dioxide gas to inflate the affected cavity so the surgeon can insert a telescopic camera and work remotely. One the hernia is located the hole is covered with mesh and stapled into place. The main advantage of using this technique is that no large cut needs to be made to the abdominal wall, thus speeding up recovery and reducing pain.

The procedure must be must be carried out by a specialist surgeon experienced and skilled at laparoscopic techniques. Hiatus Hernia keyhole surgery is a particularly reliable form of this procedure.

Keyhole surgery is particularly advantageous when used in bowel surgery where bigger cuts have previously been made or to deal with a failed open repair.

Our surgeons are best placed to decide on clinical grounds which procedure is best in each case.

The government regulatory body NICE has made recommendations on the use of laparoscopic surgery to treat inguinal hernia (2004) http://guidance.nice.org.uk/TA83

Is no treatment an option?

Many hernias do not hurt so the temptation is to ignore them. However, failing to get medical advice can be damaging and is not recommended. If left the hernia will grow and discomfort and pain, even if negligible to start with, will intensify.

Contact us

If you have a question on keyhole surgery or would like to book an initial appointment then you can contact our team on 020 3370 1014 or email us at londonhernia@hje.org.uk.

Hernia Clinic

The Hernia Unit provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all hernia types and can offer a number of surgery options depending on the individual needs of each patient.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

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If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 3370 1014.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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