Patient Information


The National Hernia Institute specialises in
the laparoscopic repair of:

  • Groin (inguinal, femoral, obturator) hernias
  • Ventral, Umbilical and Incisional hernias
  • Spigelian hernias
  • Complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Hernia recurrences
  • Athletic pubalgia & sports henias
  • Hiatus and para-oesophageal hernias
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Second Expert Opinion

The National Hernia Institute & Clinical Research:

  • Prof Berney obtained a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in 1999
  • The NHI keeps all patients’ information in a deidentified database
  • Clinical research with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Regular presentations at Surgical Meetings & International Conferences
  • Regular live Hernia Masterclasses for Consultant and Fellow Surgeons

What this means for patients?

  • Swift and easy access to specialist care
  • A “Multidisciplinary Hernia Team” offering a wide range of options to investigate, diagnose and treat most types of hernias
  • Tailored surgical treatment using the latest techniques and technologies
  • A focus on the best possible outcome for the patient’s health and wellbeing
  • Excellent onsite rehabilitation centre, including swimming pool at Waratah Private Hospital
  • Prof Berney will also offer patients with a second expert opinion following a diagnosis, or recurrence, of hernia
  • Free access to public hospital for uninsured patients with Medicare

Your first appointment

Please bring the following items to your appointment.

  • The referral from your doctor
  • Your x-rays, ultrasounds and pathology results.
  • A list of other illnesses and/or medications.
  • Any specific questions you would like answered.
  • Your Medicare, DVA or Pension card as applicable.
  • Your Health Fund details.
Consultation Bookings & Enquiries

Wish to book an appointment or looking for some more information about our services,
get in touch and we will be happy to assist.

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