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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Femoral Hernia (Overview)

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall allowing contents within the abdomen to protrude. The most common hernias are inguinal (lower abdomen around the pubic bone) or umbilical (around the bellybutton). A femoral hernia is less common and occurs where the blood vessels enter the leg. When there is an external lump, it shows up in the upper front part of the leg. These are more dangerous.


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What would the symptoms be of a femoral hernia?

What would the symptoms be of a femoral hernia?

Groin pain/swelling: Femoral hernias are not common, and more often seen in older females. There may be groin discomfort, pain, or low groin swelling along the groin crease. They can be a little harder to find or diagnose for some patients. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
114 doctors shared insights

Femoral Hernia (Overview)

A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall allowing contents within the abdomen to protrude. The most common hernias are inguinal (lower abdomen around the pubic bone) or umbilical (around the bellybutton). A femoral hernia is less common and occurs where the blood vessels enter the leg. When there is an external lump, it shows up in the upper front part of the leg. These are more dangerous.


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What are the symptoms of a femoral hernia?

What are the symptoms of a femoral hernia?

Pain: Typically, pain in the lower aspect o the groin and upper, inner thigh. There may be a lump there as well. A lump however could represent a swollen gland (lymph node) from an inflammatory process in the leg or foot. See your doctor for a physical exam. ...Read more

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Femoral hernia (Tip)

Do not lift heavy weights if you have a hernia. ...See more

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Living with a Hernia (Checklist)

Avoid straining
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Consider getting your hernia surgically repaired
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Avoid heaving lifting
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See a general surgeon
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What are some early signs I'm getting a femoral hernia?

What are some early signs I'm getting a femoral hernia?

Groin pain or bulge: The earliest signs of a femoral hernia include a subtle lump or bulge in the groin crease, occasionally accompanied by pain, especially with exertion. ...Read more

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I am trying for a baby and just been diagnosed with femoral hernia. Should I have surgery first, if so how long after can I start trying again?

I am trying for a baby and just been diagnosed with femoral hernia.  Should I have surgery first, if so how long after can I start trying again?

Surgical consultation: Best to see a general surgeon for a consultation to find out. Consider all aspects of your health and life when making the decision whether it not to undergo her is repair. If it is not causing problems, then prevention is the primary reason for repair, and that is reasonable. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Femoral hernia (Tip)

Don't live with it, get it fixed. It will get bad ; you may need some intestine cut out ; an ostomy. ...See more

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How can I test myself for the difference between a femoral hernia and swollen lymph nodes?

Exam: Physical exam is the best place to start. See your doctor to find out. May need testing such as ultrasound done while you push out your stomach if the exam is inconclusive. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is an exercise to correct or reduce femoral hernia?

Please let me know if there is an exercise to correct or reduce femoral hernia?

If you have: An incarcerated femoral hernia, you need to have surgical repair. If it is acutely painful or tender, or if you have any nausea or vomiting, it is a true surgical emergency. I am not aware of any exercise that can correct this type of hernia. You should see a surgeon for definite opinion and plan of care. ...Read more

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Femoral hernia (Tip)

If painful or hard to reduce, see a surgeon right away. ...See more

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Can scar tissue from femoral hernia cause bowel blockage or cause blood in the stool?

Can scar tissue from femoral hernia cause bowel blockage or cause blood in the stool?

Short answer - NO: A femoral hernia repair is done outside the peritoneal cavity, in which the bowel lies. Only in the most bizarre situation would blood in the stool or intestinal blockage be related to your hernia repair. An unrepaired femoral hernia can indeed lead to bowel obstruction if the loop is entrapped in the defect. It should not cause bloody stool. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a femoral hernia the ultra sound report says, itself reduces, can someone explain this to me and does this mean I won't need surgery?

I have a femoral hernia the ultra sound report says, itself reduces, can someone explain this to me and does this mean I won't need surgery?

Surgery Recommended: Femoral hernias are a type of groin hernia that is much more common in women. Due to their shape and location, they have a high probability of developing complications such as bowel "incarceration"; therefore, elective surgery is recommended in an otherwise healthy patient. In contrast, the more common inguinal hernia can be watched if small and one is symptom-free. ...Read more

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How can I treat a femoral hernia?

How can I treat a femoral hernia?

Get an operation: A hernia repair is the only way to make this better. This is done by a surgeon. Although you could wait and see, the hernia definitely won't get any better, and will probably get worse.
Today we do hernias laparoscopically, which get you back to work faster and hurt much less. You should look for a surgeon who repairs hernias this way. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for femoral hernia?

Is there a cure for femoral hernia?

Yes!: Femoral hernias may be easily repaired through out-patient surgery. Some surgeons favor repairing these through a traditional "open" approach; others prefer laparoscopy. Femoral hernias have a high potential for complications and should be repaired when diagnosed. I recommend that you see a hernia surgeon to consider this option. ...Read more

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Femoral hernia (Tip)

Don't ignore it and do get it fixed. ...See more

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How common is it for somebody to get femoral hernia?

Rare,but troublesome: Femoral hernias are rare, accounting for ~5% of all hernias. They are much more common in women than men, probably related to the shape of a woman's pelvis. They are prone to "incarceration": in fact, about half of all people who present with incarcerated femoral hernias were unaware of the hernia up till that point. Therefore, we recommend repairing all of these, assuming one is fit for surgery. ...Read more

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What sorts of things make a person have a higher risk of getting a femoral hernia?

Overexertion: Femoral hernias are typically congenital, meaning that one is born with the defect leading to the hernia. However, prolonged exertion or stresses such as obesity may increase the probability of these growing to the point where they become evident. ...Read more

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Femoral hernia (Tip)

Avoid actions that would increase intraabdomimal pressure such: lifting, straining , coughing, or any type of strenuous physical activity. ...See more

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Is there a way to prevent femoral hernias?

Is there a way to prevent femoral hernias?

No: There is no known way to prevent femoral hernias, even with activity restrictions. When diagnosed, most femoral hernias should be repaired. This could be done laparoscopically or open. ...Read more

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How can I treat a femoral hernia?

Get an operation: A hernia repair is the only way to make this better. This is done by a surgeon. Although you could wait and see, the hernia definitely won't get any better, and will probably get worse.
Today we do hernias laparoscopically, which get you back to work faster and hurt much less. You should look for a surgeon who repairs hernias this way. ...Read more

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What exactly is a femoral hernia?

What exactly is a femoral hernia?

Groin Hernia: Hernias tend to develop in natural weak spots of the abdominal wall. The femoral space is where the blood vessels pierce thru the abdominal wall to supply the legs. If this space widens, the inner layer of the abdominal wall can stretch thru this an create a sac. Although rare, they occur much more frequently in women. These hernias are prone to complications--all should be repaired. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have femoral hernia?

How can I tell if I have femoral hernia?

See a doctor: Femoral hernias are uncommon, occur more often in women, and can be somewhat more difficult to identify. They would be felt below the inguinal ligament (groin crease region). You would need to have a physical examination by a doctor to tell if you have a hernia. ...Read more

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How do I avoid developing femoral hernia?

Avoid heavy lifting: Avoid pushing or lifting heavy objects.

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What are the symptoms of a femoral hernia?

Pain: Typically, pain in the lower aspect o the groin and upper, inner thigh. There may be a lump there as well. A lump however could represent a swollen gland (lymph node) from an inflammatory process in the leg or foot. See your doctor for a physical exam. ...Read more

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How to tell if a femoral hernia is critical?

Pain: When hernias become "critical", they are usually associated with severe pain. A blocked intestine can also occur, manifest by bloating and vomiting with lack if flatus and bowel movements. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What would the symptoms be of a femoral hernia?

Groin pain/swelling: Femoral hernias are not common, and more often seen in older females. There may be groin discomfort, pain, or low groin swelling along the groin crease. They can be a little harder to find or diagnose for some patients. ...Read more

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How could I tell if a femoral hernia is critical?

How could I tell if a femoral hernia is critical?

Pain!: Severe pain or a blockage of the intestines (bloating, no flatus or bm, nausea, vomiting) are the two things that would make this an absolute, life threatening emergency. Usually however, an enlarging bulge and progressive discomfort are associated with groin hernias. A consultation with a general surgeon would help. To find one interested in hernias, check the americas hernia society website. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get femoral hernia?

Rare,but troublesome: Femoral hernias are rare, accounting for ~5% of all hernias. They are much more common in women than men, probably related to the shape of a woman's pelvis. They are prone to "incarceration": in fact, about half of all people who present with incarcerated femoral hernias were unaware of the hernia up till that point. Therefore, we recommend repairing all of these, assuming one is fit for surgery. ...Read more

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