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.