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A 44-year-old female asked:

I am 3 months post inguinal hernia surgery and just had an ultrasound and they found a femoral hernia now. is that normal? how can that happen?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
Same side?: Is this femoral hernia on the same side as your hernia surgery? Ultrasound can be difficult to interpret on post-operative patients. Do not know if they were seeing scar tussue or swelling. Also a specific diagnosis of a femoral hernia on an ultrasound would be difficult to make. See your surgeon for an exam first.
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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Can happen: This can happen after open inguinal hernia repair, because the femoral space is not in the operative field. Having said that, it is very uncommon. It does not happen after laparoscopic repair because the operative field includes the femoral space. See your surgeon for an exam and review of the ultrasound first.
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Last updated Feb 8, 2020

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