Hernias: Surgery

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th November 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hernia operations were carried out in the NHS in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.

Photo of Lord Kamall Lord Kamall The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The following table shows the number of finished consultant episodes (FCE) for primary or secondary hernia operations in England in 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.







Source: NHS Digital Hospital Episode Statistics


  1. A FCE is a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider.
  2. Primary and secondary hernia operations refer to first surgical procedures and secondary follow up operations.

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