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.