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Femoral hernia repair

A femoral hernia causes a lump low down in your groin, which can be repaired through femoral hernia repair surgery.

A femoral hernia is an uncommon type of hernia that can appear as a painful lump in the inner upper part of your thigh or groin.

A femoral hernia can be generally treated through surgery, either in open surgery or with key-hole surgery (laparoscopically).

Generally, Consultants prefer key-hole surgery as a form of surgical repair. It is quicker, less invasive, and means you can recover quicker. The time between diagnosis and private hernia surgery is often less than a month, ensuring you receive rapid treatment.

Various anaesthetic techniques are possible. The operation usually takes about 45 minutes.

Your surgeon will make a cut either directly over the lump or a little higher up and will remove the hernial sac. They will then narrow the hole (femoral canal) through which the contents of your abdomen passed, using stitches or a synthetic mesh to allow just enough space for the femoral artery and vein.

You should no longer have the hernia.

Surgery should prevent the serious complications that a hernia can cause and allow you to return to normal activities.

Like all surgical procedures, there are some levels of risks to consider. Some of these can be serious and can even cause death.

However, you can speak to your doctor about the following general and specific complications that may worry you.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Unsightly scarring of your skin
  • Blood clot in your leg
  • Blood clot in your lung

Specific complications of this operation

  • Developing a collection of blood (haematoma) or fluid (seroma) under your wound
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Injury or narrowing of the femoral vein
  • Injury to structures that come from your abdomen and are within the hernia
  • Temporary weakness of your leg
  • Damage to nerves

You should be able to go home the same day. You will need to increase how much you walk around over the first few days.

However, you should be able to return to work after 2 to 4 weeks.

This will depend on how much surgery you need and your type of work. With regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible.

Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Most people make a full recovery and can return to normal activities. However, the hernia can come back.

A femoral hernia is a common condition caused by a weakness in your abdominal wall, near the femoral canal.

If left untreated, a femoral hernia can cause serious complications.

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Acknowledgements

  • Author: Mr Simon Parsons DM FRCS (Gen. Surg.)
  • Illustrator: Medical Illustration Copyright © Medical-Artist.com

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