A femoral hernia occurs in the upper thigh near the groin just below the inguinal ligament when a portion of your intra-abdominal tissue pushes through a weak area of the groin. At Far North Surgery, Dr. Madhu Prasad – a general surgeon in Anchorage, AK and his team are experienced in treating femoral hernias with successful outcomes.
Causes of Femoral Hernia
The exact cause of femoral hernias is not known. They may develop over time due to straining or the person may be born with weakened muscle walls. Factors that cause over-straining include:
- Heavy lifting
- Chronic Constipation
- Straining with urination or defecation
Signs and Symptoms of Femoral Hernia
Small femoral hernias usually cause no symptoms. However, large femoral hernias are noticeable and can cause discomfort. Other symptoms of a femoral hernia include:
- A bulge in the upper thigh area near the groin
- Discomfort while standing, straining, or heavy lifting
- Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain in severe cases
When Do You Need Femoral Hernia Surgery?
When a femoral hernia starts obstructing your intestines which is a serious condition called strangulation, it is considered a medical emergency. Strangulation can cut off blood flow to the intestines and cause the death of the bulging tissue. This is life-threatening and requires immediate femoral hernia surgery.
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How Is Femoral Hernia Surgery Performed?
Femoral hernia repair can be performed as an open or laparoscopic surgery depending on the size of the hernia, recovery time, or any other complications.
- In open femoral hernia surgery, your surgeon makes a large incision in the groin area. The extra bulging tissue is removed, and rest of the tissue is pushed back to its proper position. The surgeon sews the weakened area and reinforces it with a piece of mesh.
- In laparoscopic femoral hernia surgery, several small incisions are made in the lower abdomen through which the surgeon inserts a laparoscope with a small video camera attached to its end. This guides the surgeon to carefully repair the femoral hernia.
Why Choose Far North Surgery for Femoral Hernia Surgery?
At Far North Surgery, we are committed to providing a better outcome and shorter recovery time in treating femoral hernias. We use the latest equipment and advanced surgical procedure for femoral hernia repair. Our team is well-qualified and trained to perform femoral hernia surgery with a high success rate.
Dr. Madhu Prasad has over 30+ years of experience working as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist and providing the highest level of care in Anchorage, Alaska. He believes in providing quality care to patients and their families. Inspired by compassion and humanism, Dr. Prasad and his team work for the well-being of their patients. Click here to know more about him.