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Epigastric (midline) hernia repair

Surgery for a hernia between the belly button and breastbone

If you have a lump between your belly button and breastbone, it may be an epigastric hernia. HCA UK can help.

About

An epigastric hernia occurs when fatty tissue pushes through your abdomen, between your navel (belly button) and your sternum (breastbone), creating a lump or swelling. Surgery is an effective treatment option to remove an epigastric hernia.

Need to know

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    Your GP or consultant will examine the affected area and may refer you for an ultrasound scan. This is a painless and non-invasive test to confirm the diagnosis.

    Before recommending surgery, your consultant will consider:
    • risk of strangulation (if the hernia contains parts of your bowel)
    • if your symptoms are getting worse
    • the effect it is having on you daily

    You will be admitted on the day of surgery unless there are any reasons which may require you to be admitted the day before.

    Your consultant will tell you how to prepare for your operation. They will talk you through the risks and side effects involved and answer any questions you may have.
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    Your consultant will make a cut over the epigastric hernia to free up the ‘hernial sac’. Intestine or other tissue inside the sac will be carefully pushed back into your abdominal cavity. The excess sac may be tied off or removed.

    The weak spot where the hernia was located will be closed with strong, secure stitches, or a patch of synthetic nylon mesh may be used if the hernia is particularly large. A waterproof dressing will be placed over the area.

    A general anaesthetic is usually used during epigastric hernia repair, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure and feel no pain.

    The repair generally takes about half an hour.
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    You may experience some bruising, swelling and discomfort in your abdominal area after the procedure. Painkillers (either injections or tablets) should help with this in the first 24-48 hours following your surgery.

    You may be able to go home on the day of the procedure, although it’s sometimes necessary to stay overnight.

    Activity is encouraged but you should avoid putting any strain on your abdomen for at least 4 weeks.

    It is important to avoid constipation and straining when you go to the toilet. Eating plenty of fibre and drinking lots of fluids should help.

    Your consultant may advise you not to drive for at least a week after surgery.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 0207 908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    Chiswick Medical Centre

    Bond House

    347-353 Chiswick High Road

    London  W4 4HS

    Call 0203 131 6248

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888

  • Docklands facility

    HCA UK at Docklands

    2 Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf

    London

    E14 5EE

    Call 020 7516 1700

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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