Hernias occur when part of the internal tissue which can include fat, muscle, intestines, etc bulge through a weakness in the overlying abdominal wall. Femoral hernias appear in the very top of the leg, at the front of the hip.
Symptoms of Femoral Hernias
- A lump in the groin area slightly below that of an Inguinal hernia, although it is nearly impossible to tell sometimes.
- Pain is usually felt when exercising but not as frequently on coughing and sneezing like an inguinal hernia.
Ten percent of hernias are femoral hernias and will look like a swelling in the upper thigh. Femoral hernias occur just below Inguinal hernias, at a weak point called the femoral canal. Femoral hernias are more common in women, especially older and frail women.
The herniating tissues are at risk of complications such as strangulation (pinching) which can cause intestinal blockages and may cut off the blood supply which requires immediate treatment. So if you think you may have a hernia, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Treatment of Femoral Hernias
What can the athlete do about it?
- You should see a Doctor immediately if you suspect a hernia
- It will not get better through rest
What can a doctor do about it?
- Operate - If the abdominal wall is ruptured it will not get better by resting and surgery will be needed
- Operations should be performed at the earliest convenience
- Hernias with complications such as strangulation may require emergency surgery