A femoral hernia appears as a bulge near the groin or the middle part of the thigh. A femoral hernia can look like an inguinal hernia and present similarly. However, a femoral hernia is less common than an inguinal hernia.
A femoral hernia develops in the femoral canal, a small passage near the groin crease. A femoral hernia usually contains a portion of the small bowel of fatty tissue protruding through the femoral canal. Femoral hernias can be corrected through surgery.
Femoral hernias are more commonly found in women because of the wider shape of the female pelvis, and are more often seen in elderly adults than younger people. Femoral hernias can appear after straining. Obesity and frequent coughing are also linked to the occurrence of femoral hernias.
The most common symptom is the appearance of a lump in the groin. If the lump is painful or tender to touch, prompt medical attention should be sought because complications can develop with femoral hernias, including strangulation and bowel obstruction.
Groin discomfort, particularly when standing and lifting heavy objects, may allude to the presence of a femoral hernia.
Dr Moar will physically examine the area to assess for the presence of a hernia. He may arrange an ultrasound or CT scan to understand more about the nature of your femoral hernia and then discuss recommended treatment options.