What is Femoral Hernia?
Hernia, in the simplest medical terminology, means the displacement of organs and their intrusion in the capacity of another organ. There are many different types of hernia. One of them is femoral Hernia. This is generally an uncommon type of hernia and women are more likely affected by this than the men. In Femoral Hernia, the intra-abdominal tissues of a person push through the muscular wall due to the gap in the muscles due to strain. When a part of a tissue pushes through the femoral canal wall, this medical condition is known as a femoral hernia. This issue appears in the shape of a protrusion on the thigh or near the groin of a person. Femorocele is another name for this medical condition.
Symptoms for Femoral Hernia
Basically there are two types of conditions that occur which lead up to the symptoms of Femoral Hernia. Firstly, some hernias are small and therefore the protrusions resulting from them are small in size too or in some cases, they are not noticeable at all. In second case scenario, the size of the hernia is considerably large and it may also hurt badly. This can become worse with time and you can face difficulty and pain in walking, lifting things etc.
In some severe cases, femoral hernia causes a lot of pain and my end up blocking your intestines. This phenomenon is called Strangulation. This may cause your bowel and intestinal tissues to expire which may pose a serious danger to your life. Other severe symptoms of femoral hernia include severe and sudden pain in stomach or groin, frequent nausea and vomiting.
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Diagnosis for Femoral Hernia
If you face any of the above symptoms, it is very important that you consult your doctor at the earliest. The doctor will examine the area carefully by touching it gently in order to conclude if you have femoral hernia or not. After this, an ultrasound of the area is performed in order to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment for Femoral Hernia
If the bulges caused by femoral hernia are small, they are usually not treated by the doctor, as they are potentially harmless and pose no serious threat to the patient. However, if the size of the protrusions is large and the symptoms are severe, a doctor needs to surgically remove them. The procedure that is applied is laparoscopic and is performed under general aesthesia. This procedure requires the surgeon to make incisions at the place of hernia. The size of the incision depends on the size of the bulge. Though the laparoscopic procedure is more costly than the normal one, it involves less pain and scarring as well. The hernia is extracted out through the incisions made and if any tissue is misplaces, it is put back to its right position and the incisions are then sewed up.
Recovery following Surgery
Laparoscopic procedure is basically a less painful and less scarring procedure. It is efficient and quick and therefore the recovery time after the surgery is also short. The recovery, however, depends on other factors as well such as the size of the hernia and its severity, the proficiency of the doctor and most importantly, the will of the patient.
Note: Please note this information is intended for general knowledge purpose only. Please consult your surgeon for the treatment plan of your hernia. Treatments will be tailored as per each patient.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this article is for general knowledge purposes only. It is, in no means, a replacement for your doctor’s advice. Please consult your doctor and surgeon with your particular case for effective treatment and recovery of your condition.