Here are answers to some of your questions about femoral hernia.
What is a femoral hernia?
Femoral hernias (or groin hernias) are not common and account for only three percent of all hernias. While femoral hernias can occur in men, almost all of them develop in women because of the wider bone structure of the female pelvis. In a femoral hernia, abdominal contents track alongside the nerves and vessels that supply each leg as they pass through a hole or weakening in the pelvic floor on each side.
If not treated, what can happen?
Complications of femoral hernias include:
How will the physician know if I have a femoral hernia?
The diagnosis is generally done by physical examination. In certain cases, ultrasonography, CT scan or MRI may confirm the diagnosis and help surgeons plan the treatment.
How can this hernia be treated?
Femoral hernias usually require surgery, typically a standard open repair with or without mesh.
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