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Inguinal or femoral hernia. What is harder to fix?

Inguinal or femoral hernia. What is harder to fix?

Femoral?: The femoral hernia can be a little tricky to repair especially if they present with a tight acute incarceration as they are more likely to do than inguinal henias.Therefore most surgeons do not watch femoral hernias. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Ramshaw
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Femoral Hernia (Definition)

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. ...Read more


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Have pain and swelling groin area when doing exertion had a femoral hernia 3 years ago and then a full hysterectomy which caused problem with lymph ?

Have pain and swelling groin area when doing exertion had a femoral hernia 3 years ago and then a full hysterectomy  which caused problem with lymph ?

See a surgeon: You should see a general surgeon with experience with inguinal hernia repair for an exam. May need some tests as well. Could be a new, or recurrent hernia. Could also be a swollen lymph node. It could also be a hernia from the hysterectomy incision. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I've got a long lump near the place where my thick and groin meet. I'm a woman. Feels like period cramps but it's not..... Femoral hernia?

I've got a long lump near the place where my thick and groin meet. I'm a woman. Feels like period cramps but it's not..... Femoral hernia?

Could be: femoral or inguinal hernia, lymph node enlargement, or even endometriosis of the round ligament. Have your doctor refer you to a surgeon to take a look. You might need further tests. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with femoral hernia in right groin region. I had c-section in Aug'14. which surgery would be fine for me (laproscopy or open)?

 I have been diagnosed with femoral hernia in right groin region. I had c-section in Aug'14. which surgery would be fine for me (laproscopy or open)?

Laparoscopic: for a femoral hernia laparoscopic repair has definitely showed superiority over open . The recurrence rate for open is still too high the laparoscopic repair have less than 5% recurrence comparing to 35% for open and pain is definitely less with laparoscopic than open This information only apply to the femoral hernia ...Read more

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Pain in right groin, radiates to right hip & thigh-feels worse when sitting & then standing up. Lessens after walking a bit...Femoral hernia ?

Pain in right groin, radiates to right hip & thigh-feels worse when sitting & then standing up. Lessens after walking a bit...Femoral hernia ?

Could be: Best to see your primary care provider for an exam. Even then, it is often difficult to find small hernias in women on exam, and you may need a dynamic ultrasound or ct scan to make the diagnosis. If the symptoms are mild enough, and your exam is normal, it may be appropriate just to observe it. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I noticed a tender grape sized ball in my upper thigh area (near groin). I am a 19 year old female. Is it possible that this may be a femoral hernia?

I noticed a tender grape sized ball in my upper thigh area (near groin). I am a 19 year old female. Is it possible that this may be a femoral hernia?

Unlikely: If you can feel a distinct size, like a grape, it retains the same size no matter how you push on it , the chance of it being a hernia is remote.Most of these peanut to grape sized structures are benign lymph notes that are often noticed in the fold of the groin. ...Read more

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Hurting sciatic nerve&sacrioliac bone but no pain on legs only in R low back,hip,&groin.What is Femoral Hernia?Could this be it?Please help!

Hurting sciatic nerve&sacrioliac bone but no pain on legs only in R low back,hip,&groin.What is Femoral Hernia?Could this be it?Please help!

A gap in the wall of: your abdomen where the femoral artery and vein emerge and then enter the leg that is enlarging is a femoral hernia. They are not common but can cause the symptoms you describe. Low back pain can be muscular, spine or hip related or do to pelvic organ problems. A femoral hernia usually has a tender spot in the front of the hip... especially when coughing or bearing down. Sorry I can't help more. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Groin Hernia (Definition)

Groin hernia is also known as Inguinal hernia. Groin hernia is a condition where abdominal organs (usually some intestine) bulge through a ...Read more