A femoral hernia develops when tissue from the lower belly passes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall into the groin region.  All femoral hernias will be found in the groin area.  A lump, and possible pain or discomfort can be common with this type of hernia.  However, femoral hernias can be tricky to diagnose.  This is why it is very important to seek medical guidance from an expert at the first sign of a possible femoral hernia. With our team of experts in colorectal, thoracic, plastic, and general surgery the Hernia Surgery Los Angeles provides the most advanced femoral hernia diagnosis and treatment available.

What is a Femoral Hernia?

femoral-hernia-symptomsThis type of hernia is also known as a femorocele. A femoral hernia occurs when part of the intestine pushes into the area of the groin that houses the femoral artery, called the femoral canal.  The femoral canal has a natural weakness that makes the area more prone to hernia development.  Femoral hernias may show up as a lump in the groin or upper thigh region.

Although the exact cause for development isn’t always known, pregnant women have shown a greater likelihood of developing a femoral hernia, and are approximately three times more likely to suffer from a femoral hernia than men.  The natural pelvic bone structure is wider in women than in men, contributing to this increased likeliness.   Constipation, heavy lifting, and chronic coughing can also be factors in femoral hernia development.

Femoral hernias are not as common as other types of hernias, but are very important to diagnose because of their high risk of causing further health threats.  Sometimes a femoral hernia can become incarcerated.  When a femoral hernia is incarcerated, it means that the herniated tissue is basically stuck inside the hernia, making it irreducible.  The hernia may also become stuck in the femoral canal.   Severe pain and discomfort are commonly associated with an incarcerated hernia.  When a femoral hernia becomes incarcerated, it requires immediate medical attention and possible emergency surgery.  This makes seeking early treatment for a femoral hernia that much more important.

Further health implications like tissue strangulation can arise from an untreated femoral hernia.  Strangulation takes place when a femoral hernia cuts off the blood supply to part of the intestine.  This can result in severe pain and nausea.  If left untreated, strangulation may kill the affected tissue and become life threatening.

Femoral Hernia Symptoms

The femoral hernia may appear as a lump near the groin or upper thigh.  When a femoral hernia is smaller in size, this lump may be unnoticeable.  As time progresses, the hernia may grow in size and the lump can become more and more prominent, and it’s common for the lump to change in size when in certain positions like standing or lying down.

Femoral hernias can cause pain and discomfort.  Like the lump, the level of pain may fluctuate with certain actions like standing or straining.  General hip pain can be common as well.  If a femoral hernia is small enough, it may not be painful at all.  Severe symptoms can point to signs of severe complications like incarceration or strangulation.  Because of the possible risks, expert medical attention should be sought at the first sign of a femoral hernia.

Femoral Hernias FAQ

If you suspect you could be suffering from a groin hernia, it’s important to contact an expert physician as soon as possible to receive a proper diagnosis. Listed below are some frequently asked femoral hernia questions. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Q:  What are some of the warning signs of a femoral hernia?

A:  Any pain or discomfort in the hip or groin region could be associated with a femoral hernia.  If you find a lump in the same area, it’s likely you may have developed a femoral hernia.  Since femoral hernias can cause significant health risks, it’s important to be aware of the warning signs and to seek medical attention if a hernia is suspected.

Q:  How will the doctor diagnose a femoral hernia?

A:  The expert physicians at Hernia Surgery Los Angeles employ the most advanced equipment and procedures for diagnosing and treating hernias.  They will likely start off with a physical examination of the region by gently feeling the area in an effort to detect any signs of a hernia.  An ultrasound system will be used to further examine the region.  With the aid of their advanced imaging technology, our experts get a complete picture of the area in order to come up with the most accurate individual diagnosis.

Q:  How common are femoral hernias?

A:  With only 4 percent of all hernia cases being femoral hernias, this type of hernia is not extremely common.  However, inexperienced clinicians can misdiagnose this type of hernia.  With the significant health risks that can be associated with femoral hernias, it’s important to seek the best available diagnosis and treatment at the first possible sign.

Contact Hernia Surgery Los Angeles Today

If you’d like to schedule a consultation with a hernia expert in Los Angeles, please contact our center today by calling (888) 418-2082. During your initial consultation with one of our expert hernia care physicians, we’ll be able to conduct a proper examination in order to determine the best course of action for treating your individual case.

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