Welcome to the Melbourne Hernia Clinic
Australia’s first hernia clinic 15,000+ hernia operations performed
- Day 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 surgeons have extensive experience using the Lichtenstein technique but also have specific skills and experience in treating all types of hernias. The Melbourne Hernia Clinic provides a comprehensive service for the treatment of all types of hernias of the abdominal wall.
- A/Prof Maurice Brygel - founder. A/Prof Brygel has performed over 9,000 hernia operations.
- Mr Charles Leinkram, has a special interest in repairing large complex incisional hernias, sometimes also incorporating an abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck”).
- Mr Peter Grossberg, has an expertise in laparoscopic or keyhole hernia repair.
- Mr Tom Clarnette, specialises in paediatric hernias.
We find that the clinic concept works well because:
- There is always a second surgeon available with whom to discuss a complex issue.
- We are able to offer early consultation (within one week) and prompt surgery (usually within two weeks).
- 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.
SOS for GP Courses
A/Prof Maurice Brygel Mr Charles Leinkram
Types of Hernias
In the groin – the most common especially in men – approximately 80 percent. Can be on both sides. Learn More.
Relatively more common in women. Lower in the groin. Can be on both sides. Learn More.
At the navel (belly button). Learn More.
In the midline between the breast bone and the navel. Can be multiple. Learn More.
At the site of the scar of a previous bowel, gall bladder, gynaecological or other abdominal operation.
Of the recti muscles – a midline weakness & bulge – surgery not usually required. Learn More.
Abdominoplasty – not to be confused with liposuction (lipo).Note: operations to repair incisional hernias and divarication may be combined with
At the site of a previous hernia operation. Rare – Spigelian. Lumbar.
A different type which occurs within the abdomen.
Undescended testes, phimosis, circumcision, hydrocoele.
Also at: The Sydney Hernia Centre