Femoral hernia (patient information)
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What are the symptoms of a Femoral hernia?
- Groin discomfort or groin pain aggravated by bending or lifting
- Tender lump in the groin or upper thigh
What are the causes of a Femoral hernia?
In a femoral hernia, a bulge is usually present in the upper part of the thigh, just below the groin, where the femoral artery and vein pass. Femoral hernias tend to occur more often in women than in men.
Who is at risk for Femoral hernias?
- Gender: Women are more likely to develop femoral hernias than men
How to know you have a Femoral hernia?
When to seek urgent medical care
Hernias generally get larger with time, and they usually do not go away on their own. If the patient's health allows, surgery is done to relieve discomfort and to prevent complications such as incarceration and strangulation. Often, a piece of plastic mesh is surgically placed to repair the defect in the abdominal wall.
Diseases with similar symptoms
- Inguinal hernia
- Enlarged inguinal lymph node
- Aneurysm of the femoral artery
- Saphena Varix
- Psoas abscess
Where to find medical care for a Femoral hernia
Prevention of a Femoral hernia
Overweight patients may be able to prevent hernias from forming by losing weight.
Chronic cough, constipation, and prostatic hypertrophy may lead to straining with urination or defecation, which can lead to the formation of hernias. These conditions should be discussed with your doctor prior to hernia repair.
What to expect (Outlook/Prognosis)
A femoral hernia may become stuck (incarcerated) and strangulated (the loop of bowel loses its blood supply). Nausea, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain may occur with a strangulated hernia. This is a medical emergency. A strangulated intestine can result in tissue death (gangrene), a life-threatening condition requiring immediate surgery.