What is a femoral hernia?
This is seen as a swelling near the groin and upper part of thigh. This is due to intra-abdominal contents pushing through the femoral canal situated below the inguinal ligament in the groin. This is common amongst females.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include: lump in the groin, discomfort and dull pain
Complication risks include Obstruction and Strangulation.
You can have open surgery with a cut in the groin or Key hole (Laparoscopic) surgery. If you are having open surgery you can have a general anaesthetic, regional anaesthetic or local anaesthetic depending on your fitness and preference.
A small transverse incision is made over the hernia. The sac is always opened to make sure there is no bowel. The sac will be excised. The defect will be repaired with non-absorbable stitches or non-absorbable mesh depending on the size of the defect. The surgery will take about 30 minutes.
Key-hole surgery is done under General anaesthetic. You will have 3 small incisions in the abdomen which will be 0.5cm to 1cm in length. The sac will be reduced in to the abdominal cavity The hernia is repaired with a non-absorbent mesh and the skin is then closed with absorbable stitches. If you have hernias in both groins both can be fixed with the same skin incisions and at the same time. The surgery takes about 30 to 40 minutes for one side and about an hour for two sides.
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