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Initial Consultation

Whether you have referred yourself, or been referred because of concern about a groin pain or a hernia, the consultant surgeon will discuss the nature of your problem and any other relevant information, such as your general medical history and family history.

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Whether you have referred yourself, or been referred because of concern about a groin pain or a hernia, the consultant surgeon will discuss the nature of your problem and any other relevant information, such as your general medical history and family history.  A thorough examination will follow.  The nurse can be present during this examination.

The consultant will then discuss your care, and may request investigations to exclude other underlying conditions, such as stork view, and/or ultrasound.  Normally these investigations will have been booked when you made your initial appointment.  If they are required, you will be given the relevant forms to present to the onsite X-Ray and Imaging Unit.

If rehabilitation is recommended to try an avoid surgery you will be given a copy of the programme and a date for re-assessment is set.

If surgery is indicated the proposed operation will be explained All our patient care is based on informed consent, you will not be asked to agree to further or alternative procedures.  You will always know exactly what operation you will be undergoing before admission to hospital. Surgery can be arranged at this time for a mutually convenient date and confirmed upon pre-authorisation by medical insurers, where relevant.  

The consultant surgeon will then write to your GP and any other referring doctor, with copies to you (if requested) and other relevant specialists, summarising your consultation and the planned investigations.  Letters are also sent after all subsequent consultations or when the results of investigations become available. 

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