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Everything You Need To Know About Femoral Hernias

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A femoral hernia occurs when the tissues put force in the weak spots of the muscle wall in the thigh region. This region of your thigh maintains the position of your abdominal organs in a place. If there is any weak spot in the region of your thigh muscles, a femoral hernia may develop.

What is a Femoral Hernia?

A femoral hernia is also known as femorocele. It affects the femoral artery, the smaller veins, and the nerves. On a medium scale, 2 out of 10 people are affected by femoral hernias. Although rare, femoral hernias are known to cause severe groin pain. This is because a block is formed in your groin. If any force is put on your thighs, then the lump will become visible. 

Women, especially older women, are more likely to get femoral hernia in comparison to men. The reason why it is abundant in older women is because of the broad shape of the female pelvis.

Causes Of Femoral Hernias

When a fatty tissue affects the weaker part of your groin, then a femoral hernia may occur. It forces the weaker part of your thigh into the femoral canal, thus putting too much strain on the belly. The most common cause of femoral hernias is constipation. According to Healthline, other possible causes can include:

  • Childbirth
  • Lifting heavy items
  • Chronic coughing
  • Difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate

Many times, it is difficult to distinguish between a femoral hernia and an inguinal hernia. A hernia that occurs in the groin above your inguinal ligament is known as an inguinal hernia.  On the other hand, if a hernia develops below your inguinal ligament, it is known as a femoral hernia. A femoral hernia is one that is small in size and extends through the lining of the abdominal cavity. If a femoral hernia becomes severe, then you may face some serious health concerns. That’s why it is important to diagnose and treat femoral hernias as quickly as possible.

What Are The Symptoms of Femoral Hernias?

People think that femoral hernias are not that dangerous, and they heal automatically with time. In the initial stages, a femoral hernia only seems to be a small bulge in your thigh area. But, over time, it can become larger and will need medical attention to treat. When femoral hernias first develop, you will have an uncomfortable feeling in the area of your thigh. This will make it difficult for you to lift heavy items without experiencing pressure or pain. You may be able to identify femoral hernia in the initial stages if you have experienced:

  • Sudden pain in the region of your thighs
  • Severe pain in your abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Severe symptoms mean that the femoral hernia is now destroying your intestines. This condition is critical can it is known as a medical emergency in which you have to seek a doctor immediately.

Book a Consultation With our Femoral Hernia Expert, Dr. Iraci

For patients interested in surgery, we always recommend scheduling a virtual consultation with Dr. Iraci to help ensure that you get the highest quality care and understand the options available to you.

At The Groin & Pelvic Pain Institute, we understand that groin and pelvic pain can be caused by a multitude of underlying issues, including femoral hernias. We are committed to determine the underlying cause of your pain and to offer a myriad of treatments as the specific conditions dictate.

During your video consultation with Dr. Iraci, you will discuss symptoms you are experiencing, groin or pelvic conditions, and treatment options available.

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