A femoral hernia is seen in the groins. It occurs more in women especially in thin older women. Femoral hernias come about as a result of normal "wear and tear", heavy lifting or sometimes in people with a relatively weak pelvic floor. The pelvic floor has several openings or holes. One such opening allows for femoral vessels (artery and vein) to traverse from the pelvis to upper thigh and sometimes that opening in the pelvis is too wide and thus a femoral hernia comes about.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Femoral hernias often but not always present as a bulge in the lower groin. The bulge can regress spontaneously in particular with rest or with applying pressure. Hernias can be accompanied with pain or a burning sensation that at times the pain may radiate down the thigh or into the scrotum or labia. Often, hernias are easily diagnosed with an examination by a physician. In case of uncertainty various radiographic studies can be used to make a diagnosis as well.
Treatment and Recovery
The only definitive treatment for a hernia is surgical repair. Exercise, pressure garments or "waiting it out" does NOT get rid of a hernia. A hernia is a "hole". It will not disappear or fill in without surgical repair! Fortunately, surgery for femoral hernias is extremely safe and effective. Great majority of surgeries are performed in less than an hour on outpatient basis with a fast recovery period. Many people can return to work in a few days. Some pain and soreness is expected but can be well controlled with oral pain medications.
Techniques for femoral hernia repair
Femoral hernia surgery is categorized into two main groups, open surgery and minimally invasive surgery.
- Open surgery is the "traditional" way of repairing hernias through a 3-5 inch incision in each groin. Usually it causes more pain and a slower recovery.
- Minimally invasive surgery (Laparoscopy, Robotics) is a more modern technique utilizing various small caliber instruments through very small incisions to repair the hernias. In our opinion minimally invasive techniques (Laparoscopy and Robotics) are superior and more advanced techniques as they allow for faster return to work, less pain and less post operative complication (wound infection and chronic post surgical pain).
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