Welcome to the Melbourne Hernia Clinic

Australia’s first hernia clinic 15,000+ hernia operations performed

  • Day hernia surgery
  • Local Anaesthetic
  • Mesh reinforcement
  • Prompt return to work
  • Insured and non-insured patients
  • Adult and Paediatric hernias

The Melbourne Hernia Clinic provides a comprehensive service for the treatment of all types of hernias of the abdominal wall. It was initially established almost twenty-five years ago by A/Prof Maurice Brygel who adopted the “tension-free” method of repairing inguinal (groin) hernias, using mesh under Local Anaesthetic with sedation as a day-case (the Lichtenstein technique). There are significant safety advantages with this method. The clinic has now evolved into one, which treats all varieties of hernias of the abdominal wall, in either adults or children, using open or laparoscopic techniques.

The Melbourne Hernia Clinic hernia surgeons have extensive experience using the Lichtenstein hernia surgery technique but also have specific skills and experience in treating and fixing all types of hernias. The Melbourne Hernia Clinic provides a comprehensive service for the treatment of all types of hernias of the abdominal wall.

Surgeons:

We find that the clinic concept works well because:

  1. There is always a second surgeon available with whom to discuss a complex issue.
  2. We are able to offer early consultation (within one week) and prompt surgery (usually within two weeks).
  3. One of our surgeons is always available for urgent problems.

Because most hernias can be treated as a day-case, non-insured patients can often afford private treatment. We also offer advice to patients by email or telephone.

Venues

Maps and Driving Directions


SOS for GP Courses

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Surgical Office Skills (S.O.S) and Basic Office Surgical Skills (B.O.S.S) are courses for GP’s which aim to provide step-by-step operative techniques for managing common patient conditions.

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A/Prof Maurice Brygel                     Mr Charles Leinkram

Types of Hernias

Inguinal:

In the groin – the most common especially in men – approximately 80 percent. Can be on both sides. Learn More.

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Femoral:

Relatively more common in women. Lower in the groin. Can be on both sides. Learn More.

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Umbilical:

At the navel (belly button). Learn More.

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Epigastric:

In the midline between the breast bone and the navel. Can be multiple. Learn More.

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Incisional:

At the site of the scar of a previous bowel, gall bladder, gynaecological or other abdominal operation.

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Divarication:

Of the recti muscles – a midline weakness & bulge – surgery not usually required. Learn More.

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Note: operations to repair incisional hernias and divarication may be combined with Abdominoplasty – not to be confused with liposuction (lipo).


Recurrent:

At the site of a previous hernia operation. Rare – Spigelian. Lumbar.


Hiatus Hernia:

A different type which occurs within the abdomen. Learn More.


Paediatric Hernia:

Undescended testes, phimosis, circumcision, hydrocoele.


Also at: The Sydney Hernia Centre

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