Femoral Hernia

Femoral Hernia
A femoral hernia occurs when your intestines or abdominal tissues bulge through the femoral canal (a region containing the femoral artery, veins, and nerves). Our well-qualified team at Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery offers treatment for femoral hernia in Irving, Arlington, and Paris. If you notice an unusual bulge in the lower abdomen or groin area, consult Dr. Alibhai to receive personalized care. 

Causes

Femoral hernias are uncommon, accounting for approximately 3% of all hernias. The primary cause of this condition is unknown, but it can occur if there is a weakness in the lower abdominal wall, which is typically near the femoral canal. This results in a lump or bulge near the groin or inner thigh. Women are more likely to suffer from this type of hernia than men. 

Certain factors that may contribute to the development of this condition include:

  • Childbirth
  • Genetic tendency
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Persistent coughing
  • Straining due to bowel movements
  • Obesity
  • Ascites (buildup of abdominal fluid)
  • Receiving peritoneal dialysis

Diagnosis

Small femoral hernias may not be visible on the surface or cause any painful symptoms. Due to this reason, our doctor will perform a physical examination by gently palpating around the groin or inner thigh area. If the bulge is large, it might be easier to detect through a physical exam. 

In rare cases, the femoral hernia may become strangulated, restricting the blood flow to the affected intestines or abdominal tissues. In such a case, we may perform additional tests, such as abdominal ultrasound or CT scan, to visualize the area in further detail. These tests also help us distinguish between inguinal and femoral hernia, so we can plan the treatment accordingly. 

Treatment of Femoral Hernia

Femoral hernias that are small and do not cause pain or other symptoms may not require any treatment. Our doctor will recommend lifestyle modifications to prevent the condition from worsening over time. However, if you are suffering from a moderate or large femoral hernia, you will require surgical repair. 

There are two main surgical options for femoral hernias. The first one is open surgery, which is carried out under general anesthesia. In this procedure, we will place an incision near the site of the hernia and push the bulging tissues back into the abdominal cavity. Our surgeon will repair the lower abdominal wall with stitches or mesh. 

The second option is laparoscopic surgery. It is a less invasive procedure in which we will place small incisions and insert a tiny probe (camera) to visualize the inner area. We will move the protruding tissues and repair the abdominal wall. This surgery involves a lesser risk of scarring and has a shorter recovery period. 

Schedule An Appointment
A femoral hernia is easy to miss, especially if it is asymptomatic. If you or a family member experiences any symptoms of this condition, visit our facility for prompt treatment and management. Call us today to schedule a visit. 
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