What is a femoral hernia?
Femoral hernias are a relatively rare type of hernia that occurs below the groin crease on the anterior thigh. These hernias are far more common in females and are typically seen later in life. A femoral hernia may become incarcerated (trapped). If untreated, an incarcerated hernia may progress to a strangulated hernia (one in which the blood supply has been cut off).
If a femoral hernia becomes incarcerated and progresses into a strangulated hernia, the symptoms are more severe. Symptoms of a strangulated hernia include:
- Severe abdominal pain
Treating a femoral hernia
Leaving a femoral hernia untreated is risky. They are repaired with either conventional open surgery or minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgical techniques. Most hernias can be repaired with laparoscopic surgery, which is a more appealing option to most patients because of the following advantages:
- Quicker recovery time
- Decreased length of hospital stay
- A quicker return to normal activities
- Fewer incidences of hernia recurrence
- Fewer infections
Because of the severity of symptoms for a femoral hernia that has become incarcerated or strangulated, they require urgent evaluation and may require emergency surgery.