Inguinal hernia and hydrocele surgery in children

Hernia repair is among the most common paediatric surgical procedures. An inguinal hernia is an open connection between the abdominal cavity and the scrotum, caused by the inguinal canal not closing properly after testicle descent. It can manifest either as a hydrocele, i.e. a build-up of abdominal fluid around the testicle, or as an inguinal hernia, i.e. a protrusion of, for instance, part of the bowels or an ovary through the inguinal canal.

60 % of all inguinal hernias appear on the right side, 30 % on the left side and 10 % on both sides.

When an inguinal hernia is discovered, it is repaired immediately. A hydrocele does not necessarily require surgery; you can wait until the child is around four years old to see if it disappears by itself. During hernia repair surgery, the hernia sac is closed through a small incision in the groin.

Recovery is quick. The child can usually return to school or day care within a few days.


Prices for the most common procedures performed by children’s surgeons:
Hernia repair surgery starts from €1478 (one side) and €1928 (both sides)
Umbilical hernia repair surgery starts from €1478
Hydrocele surgery starts from €1478

A total cost estimate is made during an appointment with the specialist who performs the procedure. The final price is determined by the materials and implants used, the duration and difficulty of the procedure, the need for additional examinations and the length of the hospital stay. 


The Social Insurance Institution (Kela) can reimburse part of the surgeon’s and anaesthesiologist's fees. The size of the reimbursement is determined by the standard rate which has been set by the Social Insurance Institution for the relevant procedure code. In practice, the reimbursement does not cover the full cost of the procedure. 


With a Diacor Hoitotili (Diacor Healthcare Account), you get opportunities for flexible payment. If you wish, you can pay your bill in instalments.

Medical centres


Porkkalankatu 22 C, 1st floor
00180 Helsinki

Operating days are from Monday to Friday


Johtimo Nina

Pediatric Surgeon

Lic. Med., Specialist in Pediatric Surgery. Children's injuries, stress injuries, malalignments, pain. Hernias, enuresis, testicular disorders, foreskin disorders, back pain, stomach disorders, small skin change removals, children's surgical procedures, wedge resections. Children's acute disorders from ear infections to breathing disorders