Went for my initial consultation with the hernia specialist yesterday, big difference when going private vs NHS (I have no problem with the NHS by the way). Was treated really well, offered coffee, even the magazines in the waiting area were up to date. Specialist agreed I needed the surgery - am going to get a date booked on Wednesday. Will be put under general anaesthetic, they will cut under my belly button, seal it with some mesh and I should be good to go home the same day. Recovery time, he advised not to lift anything heavier than 10kg for 4-6 weeks......which sucks, but oh well.