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:

  • Incarceration – When a loop of intestine becomes trapped in the weak point of the abdominal wall, which can lead to bowel obstruction causing pain, nausea, vomiting and the inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas. This condition is known as incarcerated hernia and can lead to severe complications.
  • Strangulation – Once a part of the intestine is trapped in the abdominal wall due to incarcerated hernia, blood flow to this portion of the intestine may be cut off, causing the tissue to die. Strangulation is a life-threatening complication and people exhibiting symptoms of a strangulated hernia need immediate surgical treatment.


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.


To make an appointment with one of our surgeons at the Beth Israel Hernia Center, please call 212.844.1555, or click here to fill out an appointment scheduling form. Staff will get back to you within
48 hours.

If you have questions about the Hernia Center and our doctors please email them to herniacenterny@chpnet.org.
We are glad to answer your questions but please do not send pictures of your hernia to the center.

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Questions
If you have questions
about the Hernia Center
and our doctors please email them to herniacenterny@chpnet.org

We are glad to answer your questions but please do not send pictures of your hernia to the center.