Q17. Can I have my hernia treated on the NHS?

A17. Yes. Visit your GP first if you think you have developed a hernia as he/she will be able to refer you for surgery on the NHS.

This is a routine procedure which usually means that you will be back home on the same day.

If you don’t wish to wait then you have the option to ‘go private’ which means finding a reputable clinic and surgeon. There are a few things to consider before choosing this option which include the skill level and experience of the surgeon, the standard of care at the clinic, the location and not forgetting, the cost.

This is discussed in more detail in our treatment for hernias section. In that we include advice on finding a good clinic plus a list of questions

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