Specialist hernia and abdominal wall surgery

An abdominal hernia is a defect (hole) in the muscles of the abdominal wall. Hernias can occur at natural points of weakness – in the groin (inguinal or femoral), around the belly button (umbilical), in the upper part of the abdomen (epigastric – sometimes called ventral), or in rarer locations (lumbar, spigellian, obtuator). Alternatively, hernias can occur where the muscles have not healed properly after surgery (incisional).

We specialise in fixing all types of abdominal hernias and utilise a variety of techniques including open and keyhole (laparoscopic) repairs. We don’t use just one technique for everyone and tailor the repair to the patient in order to produce the best outcomes for that person. We are a specialist unit and receive specialist referrals from across the UK.

Our services

We provide a number of services including the assessment and treatment of:

  • Inguinal hernia – primary and recurrent
  • Femoral hernia – primary and recrrent
  • Umbilical hernia – primary and recurrent
  • Incisional hernia – primary and recurrent
  • Epigastric hernia – primary and recurrent
  • Spigellian hernia
  • Lumbar hernia
  • Post hernioraphy groin pain

We also carry out a number of procedures including:

  • Laparocopic and open hernia repair
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Triple neurectomy for groin pain

Meet the team

  • Mr David Sanders BSc, MBCHB, FRCS, MD, PGDipMedEd (Clinical Lead for Upper GI Surgery)
  • Miss Ceri Beaton
  • Mr David Bunting
  • Mr Anjum Arain MBBS, FRCS, PGdipLapSurg (Locum Consultant GI Surgeon)
  • Mr Maciej Pawlak MD, PhD (Consultant Upper GI and Abdominal Wall Surgeon)
  • Mr John Findlay BMedSci (hons) BMBS (hons) PhD FRCS


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Last updated: November 15, 2022