An inguinal hernia happens at the inguinal canal. This is a narrow passage where, in boys, blood vessels supplying the testicle pass through the abdominal wall. In girls, the connection is between the abdomen and labia. The passage usually closes shortly after your child is born. If it remains open, the contents of the abdomen can push down towards the scrotum or labia (see figure 1).
A hernia can be dangerous because the intestines or other structures within the abdomen can get trapped and have their blood supply cut off (strangulated hernia).
Your child should no longer have the hernia. Surgery should prevent your child from having any of the serious complications that a hernia can cause.
A hernia will not get better without surgery.
Inguinal hernias can be repaired using keyhole surgery but most inguinal hernias in children are repaired through a cut on the groin.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about an hour.
Your surgeon will make a cut on the groin and remove the ‘hernial sac’.
Your child should be able to go home the same day or the day after.
Your doctor will tell you when your child can return to school.
Most children make a full recovery. However, the hernia can come back.
Author: Prof Simon Parsons DM FRCS (Gen. Surg.)
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Expected length of hospital stayDay Case
Private Groin Hernia treatment prices.
|Option||In London||Outside London||Under 16's|
|Laparoscopic primary repair of inguinal hernia - one side||£3200.00||£2610.00||£3200.00|
|Laparoscopic primary repair of inguinal hernia - both sides||£4350.00||£3555.00||£4350.00|
|Open primary repair of inguinal hernia - both sides||£4350.00||n/a||£4350.00|
|Open repair of recurrent inguinal hernia - one side||£3250.00||£2925.00||n/a|
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