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Australia's first hernia clinic
> 15,000 hernia operations performed

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

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 Assoc 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.

  • Assoc Prof Maurice Brygel - founder. Assoc Prof Brygel has performed over 9000 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:

  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.


Assoc Prof Maurice Brygel Mr Charles Leinkram
 Frequently asked questions
 YouTube channel
 Video clips "Talking about hernias"
 What are hernias?
 Types of hernias
  • Inguinal - in the groin - the most common especially in men - approximately 80 percent. Can be on both sides 
  • Femoral - relatively more common in women. Lower in the groin. Can be on both sides 
  • Umbilical - at the navel (belly button)
  • Epigastric - in the midline between the breast bone and the navel. Can be multiple
  • Incisional - at the site of the scar of a previous bowel, gall bladder, gynaecological or other abdominal operation Youtube video 
  • Divarication of the recti muscles - a midline weakness & bulge - surgery not usually required
    Note: operations to repair incisional hernias & divarication may be combined with abdominoplasty   Youtube video - 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
  • Paediatric hernia, undescended testes, phimoses, circumcision, hydrocoele
  • Urgent Paediatric surgical conditions

Also at: The Sydney Hernia Centre

Sydney Hernia Centre
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