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Femoral Hernias

What is a Femoral Hernia?

A femoral hernia is the protrusion of an organ that occurs from the lower abdomen and into the upper thigh. It is most common in women.

What Causes a Femoral Hernia?

Femoral hernias are most commonly caused due to a weakened wall in the femoral canal. This weakening can be inherited or caused by a surgical incision.

Symptoms of a Femoral Hernia

Watch for the following signs for a possible femoral hernia:

  • Swelling beneath the skin
  • Pain in the groin area
  • Unexplained small bowel obstruction

Treatments for Femoral Hernia

Femoral hernias can only be treated through surgery. Surgeries can include:

Laparoscopic hernia surgery in which a small incision is made at or near the hernia area, a laparoscope and repairing instruments are inserted through an incision, then mesh is placed over the defect in order to reinforce the weakened or torn abdominal wall.

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