Inguinal and femoral hernias, referred to as groin hernias, are very common. Approximately 10,000 hernia operations are performed in Victoria each year. Inguinal hernias occur in up to 10 percent of males but are much less common in females. Femoral hernias are more common in women than men but are, overall, much less common than inguinal hernias. The most serious complication of groin hernias is strangulation. This occurs when a segment of the bowel is caught in the hernia and becomes obstructed or even gangrenous – medical attention must be sought immediately. This complication is more common in femoral hernias. Hernias never cure themselves and almost always require surgery for repair.
There are three main advantages to a keyhole surgery vs non-keyhole:
The small incisions result in less pain and earlier return to work, especially when hernias are present on both sides.
By positioning the mesh on the inside of the defect, the very sensitive nerves in the inguinal canal are not damaged or irritated by the mesh as can occur in the non-keyhole operation.
Mesh infection is a very rare complication.
The chance of the hernia coming back later in your life is very low.
Occasionally patients can have ongoing pain at the site of the hernia but this is less common with keyhole surgery.
Costs vary depending on your health insurance. The funding provided by Medicare and Health Funds for this operation is no higher than for the non-keyhole method. However, there will be out of pocket costs involved. LapSurgery Surgeons do not operate in public hospitals but should you wish to pay to have your surgery done in a private hospital an estimate of costs can be provided following a consultation with one of our surgeons.
There will be a co-payment to the surgeon before the operation and the balance of the surgeon’s account is sent directly to the Health Fund. Full informed financial consent will be provided prior to your surgery.
There will be charges from both the Assistant Surgeon and Anaesthetist. Accounts for these services vary and are independent of LapSurgery Australia. We are able to advise you of the individuals providing these services once a date has been scheduled for your surgery.
Out of pocket costs for the Hospital vary depending on your Health Fund, level of cover, excess etc. For an accurate cost, please refer to your Health Fund or the Hospital.
The Medicare item number you will need to quote is 30609.
It is your responsibility to check that your health insurance is up to date and whether there will be any excess charges. LapSurgery Australia cannot check this for you.
The normal services required for your operation are listed above. Occasionally patients require additional medical care and may incur charges for pathology, radiology and other specialists.