Groin hernia repair

Hernias in the groin area are known as inguinal or femoral hernias. Inguinal hernias are more common, but the repair of a femoral hernia is very similar. Most patients have their operation to repair groin hernias undertaken as a daycase procedure. The operation can be performed as a laparoscopic (keyhole) operation under general anaesthesia. Alternatively the operation can be performed as a traditional open operation under general or local anaesthesia. Certain surgical techniques may be more suitable for certain patients.

The NHCT Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair patient advice sheet provides further information for patients having their surgery undertaken in the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Patient reported outcome for groin hernia repair (PROMS)

Our surgeons in Northumbria have an excellent service for performing hernia operations. A large number of operations are undertaken each year by our surgeons.  The health gain that patients obtain after surgery is high. Patients undergoing groin hernia surgery in Northumbria between April to December 2013 had some of the best results in the country; in the top 95%. In the most up to date measure Northumbria has one of the highest number of patients feeding back information. The EQ VAS measure is a simple and easily understood ‘thermometer’‑style measure based on a patient’s self-scored general health on the day that they completed their questionnaire but which provides an indication of their health. Please click on the graph below for further details. Northumbria is represented by the yellow dot.

Groin hernia repair Northumbria EQ VAS

Useful links

Further information about hernia conditions can be found at:

NHS choices hernia information

British Hernia Society advice on groin hernia repair

Royal College of Surgeons patient advice: groin hernia