What Patients Should Know About a Femoral Hernia

November 20, 2017

When it comes to anterior hip replacement, Fox Valley residents from Green Bay to Oshkosh surely know that it is a viable option in many cases. However, exploring non-surgical options is generally a starting point for those dealing with hip pain. This means that when you have issues with your hips, including the bones that connect together to create this joint, you want to do everything that you can to heal with conservative treatments. One condition to learn more about is a femoral hernia. 

What is a Femoral Hernia?

This is a condition in which intra-abdominal tissue might be pushed through a spot of the wall located in the femoral canal. When this condition occurs, you will usually notice a bulge that appears close to the thigh or the groin. This can be problematic because the femoral canal is home to a variety of nerves, small veins and your femoral artery. In some cases, this condition is referred to as a femorocele. In addition to the bulge, most people do not experience other symptoms. However, there can be some discomfort that might be worsened with strain or when you are standing. The following symptoms are said to indicate that you need emergency medical care because the intestine could be blocked:

  • Sudden groin pain
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting

Looking at the Causes

For most people who experience this condition, there is no clear cause. In some instances, it is congenital. Certain issues might increase your risk of experiencing this type of hernia, such as:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Heavy lifting
  • Straining to urinate
  • Chronic cough
  • Obesity

Getting a Diagnosis

It is important that you have this issue diagnosed as soon as possible. If you are experiencing the emergency symptoms, you must seek emergency medical care to get a prompt diagnosis. In most cases, a physical exam is enough for your doctor to diagnose this hernia, but they might also recommend imaging studies.

Treatment Options

If you are having the emergency symptoms, your doctor might recommend surgery to repair the hernia. This will be done right away. If you are not having any issues, however, watchful waiting might be recommended. It is important to note that these do tend to get larger with time, so treatment will eventually be needed.

Now you know more about a femoral hernia and what your options might be. Should it be suggested that you undergo anterior hip replacement in Green Bay, Appleton, or Oshkosh area after other treatments failed to produce results, make sure that you work with an experienced surgeon to help increase the chances of a successful procedure. 

The experts at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI) have performed more anterior hip replacements than any other group in the Fox Valley. To request a consultation, please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online.