A femoral hernia develops low within the groin, at the top of the leg.
These hernias are much more common in advancing years and in women. The first sign of a femoral hernia is a lump within the groin. This may develop after a period of lifting or coughing. In some patients the lump may still remain prominent despite rest and lying down.
Occasionally the hernia lump may become very painful. This may be a sign of a strangulated hernia. This is an emergency and usually requires immediate medical attention.
Femoral hernias are nearly always repaired due to the risk of strangulation. The operation is usually performed under general anaesthetic through a small scar low in the groin. The hernia bulge is pushed back into place and the defect (hole) is closed with permanent stitches. Absorbable stitches are used to close the skin.