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Hernia Scan

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What does the Hernia Scan include?

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Hi-Resolution Ultrasound assessment of the Abdominal Wall (tissues & muscles that hold and support the internal abdominal organs)

Includes assessment for certain types of hernias such as epigastric, umbilical, paraumbilical hernia.

Can check superficial abdominal soft tissues for issues including Diastasis and soft tissue lumps

Same day verbal results 

Digital written ultrasound report within 24-48 hours

Performed by qualified medical ultrasound specialists

Detect problems before they become troubles


Reasons for a Hernia Scan ..

Diastasis recti
Abdominal hernia
Epigastric hernia
Embilical hernia
Abdominal lump
Abdominal bulge
Heaviness in abdomen
Burning or aching sensation in the bulged region
Separated stomach muscles
Heavy or dragging feeling in the abdomen
Bulging / lump under the skin of your abdomen. which may be more visible when standing, coughing or straining.

About the Hernia Scan

An abdominal hernia is a condition in which a portion of the intestine or other abdominal contents protrude through a weak area or tear in the muscles of the abdominal wall. In many cases, hernias cause no symptoms or very few symptoms. You may notice a swelling or lump in your tummy (abdomen) that can often be pushed back in or will disappear when you lie down. Coughing or straining may make the lump reappear.

Hernias can occur throughout the body, but most often develop in the areas of your body between your chest and hips. There are several types of abdominal hernias, including:

  • Epigastric hernias occur above the bellybutton
  • Umbilical hernias occur around the belly button.
  • Incisional hernias occur at the site of a previous surgical incision.
  • Spigelian hernias (rare) occur through a slit-like defect in the abdomen

A hernia occurs when an internal part of your body pokes through the surrounding muscle or tissue wall. Sometimes, a hernia may cause a lump to appear, especially when you cough or put your body under strain. Usually, the lump can be pushed back in.

Hernias can also be caused by internal organs pushing their way to the surface. Statistically, men are more likely to have a hernia than women because women tend to avoid the common types of hernia. The particular type of hernia that is likely to affect women is the femoral hernia. This is because it is very close to your femoral artery and vein, the main blood vessels in your thigh. Left untreated, the health conditions associated with this type of hernia can be severe.

The types of hernia include;

  • Inguinal hernia – This is a type of hernia that affects the groin. It is more common in men.
  • Femoral hernia – Also affects the groin but is more common in women
  • Umbilical hernia – Affects the tummy, near the belly button
  • Incisional – At the site of previous surgery

Hernias are often symptomless. But can be very painful in some cases. Other possible symptoms which can indicate that the hernia has become a medical emergency include constipation and vomiting.

Regarding hernia treatment, your doctor might suggest waiting and seeing whether the hernia rectifies itself. You might be required to wear a supporting truss to help reduce the swelling and other symptoms. But before prescribing any treatments, your doctor might recommend a hernia ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and assess the extent and risk of the hernia.

Objective of the Hernia Scan

The purpose of the abdominal hernia scan is to assess the superficial layer of tissues in the abdomen (abdominal wall) by ultrasound. The abdominal wall is composed of tissues in the abdomen that hold, contain and protect the internal organs (abdominal wall). These layers are made up of connective tissues and muscles, including the six-pack muscles (rectus abdominis). The abdominal hernia scan will check these tissues for abnormalities and problems.

Hernias are a common clinical problem that often poses a diagnostic challenge. Ultrasounds are one of the potential diagnostic procedures for hernia. They are used as the primary modality for the evaluation of suspected hernias.

What can the Hernia Scan detect?

Our abdominal wall hernia scan uses ultrasound and can assess for a range of conditions such as:

  • Abdominal lumps, bulging or swelling under the skin including
    • lipomas
    • cysts
    • tumours
  • Diastasis recti, or divarication – separated stomach muscles when your belly sticks out because the space between your left and right belly muscles has widened
  • Various Abdominal Hernias including
    • Epigastric hernia
    • Umbilical hernia
    • Incisional hernias
    • Spigelian hernias
    • Femoral hernias
    • Incisional hernias
    • Inguinal hernias (75% of all hernias)
  • Signs of inflammation under the skin
  • Fluid under the skin
  • Haematomas
  • Classification of a mass e.g. solid, cystic, mixed
  • Post-surgical complications e.g. abscess, fluid
  • Prior to some surgical procedures including a tummy tuck.

Why choose the scan clinic for your Hernia Scan

We are a multi-award winning clinic based in London, with awards from Whatclinic Clinic of the Year, GHP outstanding patient care and LUX best private ultrasound provider to name a few. Our fully qualified healthcare professionals bring a wealth of experience from their roles within the NHS and aim to provide exceptional personalised care. Our team is led by our clinical lead, Mr Usman, a well-known respected expert who has been featured in various press and media outlets including the Huffington Post and scanned celebrities on ITV.

We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwives and many other healthcare professionals.

Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and drives us to do the best we can for each and every patient that we see. Our team of experts have years of experience and are fully registered and regulated meaning you are in safe hands with us.

Benefits of having the Hernia Scan

The test is painless, safe, and can be done quickly. Your doctor may require an abdominal wall ultrasound scan to plan the best treatment. The scan is often also required prior to some surgical procedures including a ‘tummy tuck’ or it may be needed to check a lump or swelling under the abdominal skin. It is often used in conjunction with other tests such as blood tests, clinical evaluation and or other ultrasound scans. These could include the abdominal scan, which looks deeper into the abdomen at the abdominal organs such as the liver and gallbladder, or the pelvic scan which checks the womb and ovaries.  Ultrasonography is a non-invasive imaging modality and is widely used for the assessment of the abdominal wall. It can provide clinically useful information on a wide range of conditions affecting the abdominal wall and abdominal soft tissues.

The Scan Clinic has expert clinical staff to assess the abdominal wall.

Although many hernias are not considered life-threatening, this decision can only be made after the scan has been completed. Some hernias can be life-threatening and often don’t present with any additional symptoms. This makes having the hernia ultrasound done quickly vital, and private hernia ultrasound clinics often have shorter wait times, and you can get the results faster.

Why do I need a Hernia Scan

An abdominal hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall. In many cases, hernias cause no symptoms or very few symptoms. You may notice a swelling or lump in your tummy (abdomen) that can often be pushed back in or will disappear when you lie down. Coughing or straining may make the lump reappear. An abdominal hernia may be suspected through a physical examination. Your doctor may have examined the abdomen and asked you to perform certain movements, such as coughing to help identify the hernia. A physical examination alone however is usually not enough to confirm the diagnosis. An abdominal hernia scan is by far superior to a physical examination as it directly visualises the abdominal wall anatomy leading to an increase in the detection of a lump or hernia, particularly when performed by an experienced clinician.

Symptoms of an abdominal hernia can include:

  • Bulging or lump under the skin of your abdomen. which may be more prominent or visible when standing, coughing or straining.
  • A lump or swelling in the belly button area
  • Pain, discomfort or swelling in the abdomen, especially when bending over, coughing, lifting, or moving heavy items
  • Discomfort with a bowel movement or during urination
  • A burning or aching sensation in the bulged region
  • A heavy or dragging feeling in the abdomen
  • Before certain surgical procedures including a ‘tummy tuck’
  • After certain surgical procedures check for seroma.
  • Occasionally hernias may not cause any symptoms at all and are only discovered during a routine medical examination or imaging test.

In some cases, the hernia may become trapped or strangulated, which can cause more severe symptoms such as:

  • severe pain,
  • nausea and vomiting
  • redness and swelling of the hernia
  • fever
  • inability to reduce (push back) the hernia.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention as it can be a sign of a serious complication.

Other Reasons for an abdominal hernia scan

It’s important to note that not all lumps or bulges in the groin area are hernias. Other conditions such as soft tissue cysts, fatty lumps, inflammation or tumours can cause similar symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor who may recommend having an abdominal wall hernia scan. The scan is also required to check for abdominal separation or diastasis Recti. This is when your belly sticks out because the space between your left and right belly muscles has widened and is common in women who have undergone labour.

The scan may often be required by your doctor prior to abdominal surgery such as a ‘tummy tuck’ or abdominoplasty or following surgery to check for inflammation or fluid within the abdominal soft tissues.

In some instances, further imaging tests may be needed following an ultrasound scan to establish a diagnosis.

The primary purpose of a hernia scan is to confirm or rule out the presence of a hernia. The scan can also provide crucial information to your healthcare provider on the best treatment approach by highlighting various hernia characteristics, such as the size and other complications that might heighten the level of concern for the condition, such as bowel obstruction.

What does the Hernia Scan involve?

During the scan, you will be asked to uncover the area being scanned, hence we advise to wear suitable loose clothing and a small amount of ultrasound gel will be placed over your skin.

An ultrasound camera (‘probe’) will then be placed on top and moved along and around the area. This results in a picture appearing on the ultrasound monitor and patient TV which will be translated by the clinical specialist/ medical practitioner.

The ultrasound scan itself usually lasts around 10-15 minutes and is pain-free. At the end of the scan, a verbal summary of the results will be provided, as well as your opportunity to ask any questions.

How do I prepare*

It's really important to arrive with the correct preparation as failure to do so may result in us not being able to perform the scan.

No specific Preparation

  • No specific preparation is required for this scan.

Our Reviews

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11:46 02 Dec 23
A great service that delivers in a clean and friendly safe environment that delivered exactly what... we needed for our peace of mind. Really expert information and friendly service from start to finish. Will recommend to all friends and more
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11:28 03 Oct 23
Great team and the Doctor was super friendly, very detailed and reassuring. He answered all my... questions and concerns. I left feeling much better. I have used them many times and will use again if required in future. Definitely recommend!read more
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11:39 22 Jul 23
I came here for my first child’s gender reveal 3 years ago and the treatment hasn’t changed. The... service is still amazing, the doctors and staff were so welcoming and kind. The doctor took his time to explain the scan to me and checking the baby. The facility is very soothing and relaxing. What an amazing team. May God bless themread more
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I recommend this clinic from my heart , the doctor and assistent was so kind and they make me feel... very confortable while on the procedure , nothing to complain, everything perfect . I will go to this clinic again if i will need it for sure .read more
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17:16 17 Jun 23
I have used the this clinic at the recommendation of my friend who had a positive experience. I... have used this clinic looking for reassurance before my gallbladder removal operation. The appointment was quickly booked for the next day to suit my needs. The scan was performed by a very well spoken, professional person. The whole experience was very positive, as expected from a private clinic. From the experience I have had, I can highly recommend this more
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I booked an early scan here and I had a great experience. All the staff were amazing and friendly.... The Sonographer was great, really made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend this more
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08:10 18 Aug 22
Beautiful experience! I was 31 weeks pregnant and a little worried about my little girl's position.... I was so patiently confirmed by the doctor and informed us of the growth. My partner and I were more than satisfied. Professionalism and kindness they made me feel more
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10:55 16 Aug 22
I've been to this clinic 4 times over the past 7 years for both pregnancy scans and health scans.... What sterling services they consistently provide! Booking is always easy either online or over the phone, minimum waiting time, and calming environment. What's most impressive is that Mr Usman always explained the scan results thoroughly in a calm and professional way on site and in a report, and quickly spotted issues that both my hospital scan and community clinic scan completely missed (the sonographer at the hospital even asked where I did my scan as she was impressed)! This helped me eventually get timely referral and free from lots of stress. I always feel being well looked after by the team and will wholehearted recommend them to anyone who is looking for efficient, caring and professional more
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Hernia Scan FAQ's

How much is an ultrasound for a hernia in London?

We offer various hernia ultrasounds, starting at £229 for our off-peak. You can contact our office for accurate pricing and to book an appointment.

How long does it take to get the results after the hernia ultrasound?

You can leave with verbal results of the ultrasound immediately after the scan is complete. We will also send you the official typed results and images of the scan within 24-48 hours after your appointment.

How to find us

The Scan Clinic London East,

635A Cranbrook Road,

Gants Hill IG2 6SX

Call the scan clinic

Call us on:

0203 904 7706

Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm


What is a Hernia Scan?

A hernia ultrasound is a painless, safe scan perfect for adults and children suspected of having a groin or abdominal wall hernia.

We offer different types of hernia scans based on the location of the suspected hernia. Available scans include;

  • Abdominal wall hernia ultrasound – This abdominal wall ultrasound is used to check for abdominal wall hernias. The abdominal ultrasound can also check for other types of hernias, such as umbilical, epigastric, and Spigelian hernias.
  • Groin ultrasound – This is commonly used to investigate the presence of hernias, lumps, enlarged lymph nodes, and adductor muscles and evaluate soft tissues.

Besides ruling out the presence of a hernia, the scan can also detect fluid collection or inflammation, hernial size and contents, abnormalities, and causes of concern. This characterisation of an individual hernia can impact treatment.

The scan will also determine potential complications of the hernia, such as incarceration, bowel obstruction, volvulus and strangulation

More information about the Hernia Scan

To find out more about this scan and the areas / organs that are scanned as part of as well as ultrasound in general, you can head over to our knowledge centre by clicking the image or button.

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Important Notes

  • We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
  • This scan requires access to the area of interest; therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
  • Study images may be available at an additional charge – more information and to request this can be found by clicking here.
  • All our first line ultrasound scans are optional. You must be at least 16 years old and you should have no existing medical condition or treatment pending that relates to the scan you are booking. If you are in any doubt about having any type of scan, you should consult your GP.

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