Hernia meant that singing left me in excruciating pain

Peter Evans was in hospital for less than 12 hours to have hernia repaired

Musician and singing teacher Peter Evans, 58, moved to France in 2013 with wife Ema. The pair run meditation and singing retreats near Lac de Vassivière.

The inside story of readers who have had operations in France – and how they found the health service, by Gillian Harvey

Initial symptoms

In April 2018, I noticed a swelling on the left side of my groin. I recognised it instantly, as I’d had two hernias in the past – the first aged 18, and the second when I was 38. If I lay on my back, it was possible to push the swelling back in, but when I coughed it would pop straight out again. It was a little tender but not painful. I might have over-exerted myself when digging up a rose bush in the garden the day before.

I went to see my local GP, who confirmed the diagnosis. He asked whether I wanted to have the hernia operated ...

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