Hernias are a type of growth or swelling that occurs in the abdomen area of the human body. Femoral Hernias are more commonly seen in women and found in the lower portion of the body, lower than the abdomen, mainly the groin and the thighs.

Symptoms of femoral hernia

Usually, femoral hernias or hernias in general are not extremely serious conditions, but they can cause a lot of problems if left untreated for a long time. Femoral hernia occurs mostly during pregnancy or while lifting heavy things. They are easy to detect, and the most common symptoms for them are-

  • A lump or an outer growth that you can feel on the lower portion of the body.
  • It is usually painful to the touch.
  • There can be severe bouts of nausea and vomiting.
  • It can be painful if the body is put through strain and effort.
  • There might be intense stomach pains.

Surgery Options

Normal hernias can often be treated without surgery and via medication, but femoral hernias are a little different. Rather than being cured, this type of hernia requires internal repair, which is why surgery is necessary. There are mainly two types of femoral hernia surgeries-

  • The first, most common, procedure is the open surgery in which the patient is often under the influence of anaesthesia when they are being operated upon.
  • The second is the laparoscopic treatment, in which the doctors follow a similar procedure to the open surgery, but here the incisions they make on the hernia are smaller. With the help of a camera, they mend the femoral hernia.

Risk factors

There are always two sides to a coin, and similarly, surgery has its cons. There are risk factors associated with femoral hernia removal, especially if the hernias are bigger and more complicated to operate upon. These factors include-

  • Pain
  • Possibility of infection
  • Clotting
  • Nerve damage
  • Lesser lower body strength

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