FEMORAL HERNIA

 

A femoral hernia is a lump in the groin below the skin crease and is much more common in women than men. Because of the anatomical position, a femoral hernia usually has a narrow neck and the peritoneal sac can be trapped together with a small piece of bowel requiring emergency surgery.

 

Like an inguinal hernia, a femoral hernia can be repaired with an open or a laparoscopic operation. Whenever possible, Mr Lorenzi favours a keyhole repair, which allows placing a mesh to cover the defect (it is difficult to put a mesh in a satisfactory position during an open femoral hernia repair because of the proximity of important vascular structures) reducing the chance of recurrence.

 

The technique is similar to the one described for inguinal hernia repair.