Femoral Hernia Treatment
People with femoral hernias usually do not have any pain. In fact the only symptom that they have is a lump that is in their groin or upper thigh area. Although it may not cause them pain it is rather uncomfortable to have. There are certain methods that people can use which will help to control the problem – but sometimes the easiest course is through surgery to repair the problem.
Without surgery the problem will become worse with time. The longer it is a problem the more likely that it will become strangulated. This is when the hernia is intertwined with intestines. It cuts off the blood supply to that intestine causing gangrene and eventually killing it. This is fatal to anyone and must be treated right away. The only treatment for this is surgery.
There are two types of surgeries that can be used to treat a femoral hernia. The most common is when the surgeon will make a 10cm incision that will open the femoral canal. They will then push the abdominal content back inside and sew together the weak area of the wall that had been penetrated in order to prevent it from reoccurring. The other method is an invasive laparoscopic surgery.
The laparoscopic surgery requires a much smaller incision and allows the doctors to use a tool that will allow them to see clearly into the femoral canal. They will then repair the wall after pushing the contents back inside. This is for people who do not want large incisions and scars.
After the anesthesia has worn off the patient will be able to return home where they are able to recover while being watched and cared for by family. The nurse will explain how the stitches should be cleaned. They will need to return to the doctor within six weeks for a checkup.
Before deciding on what surgery you want to use it is important that you sit down with your doctor and talk about the side effects and possible complications that might occur. Although these complications are rare it is important to understand what they are so that you know how to prepare for certain things.