Femoral Hernias

When tissue protrudes through a weakened area in the groin, situated below the inguinal ligament, femoral hernias necessitate prompt medical attention to avert complications. Advanced Surgical Associates of Northern Minnesota, led by board-certified general surgeon John Bollins, DO, offers specialized care for hernias at their offices in Hibbing, Duluth, Ely, and Cloquet Minnesota, focusing on femoral surgery and prioritizing minimally invasive approaches. Contact your nearest office or schedule an appointment online to discover more about inguinal hernia treatment options.

Femoral Hernias Information

What Are Femoral Hernias?

Femoral hernias occur when tissue, fatty tissue, or intestine protrudes through a weakened area in the groin, known as the femoral canal. Unlike inguinal hernias, which protrude through the inguinal canal, femoral hernias emerge below the inguinal ligament. Although less common than inguinal hernias, femoral hernias require timely medical attention to avoid potential complications.

Causes and Risk Factors: Several factors contribute to the development of femoral hernias, including:

  • Weakness in the abdominal wall due to age or injury.
  • Increased abdominal pressure from activities like heavy lifting or straining during bowel movements.
  • Pregnancy or childbirth, which can weaken the abdominal muscles.
  • Chronic coughing or constipation.

Signs and Symptoms: Recognizing the signs and symptoms of femoral hernias is crucial for early diagnosis and intervention. Common indicators may include:

  • A bulge or lump in the groin or upper thigh.
  • Discomfort or pain, particularly when bending over, coughing, or lifting heavy objects.
  • Nausea or vomiting, which may occur if the contents in the hernia become trapped or obstructed.

Treatment Options: At Advanced Surgical Associates of Northern Minnesota, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to each patient's needs:

  • Hernia Repair Surgery: Surgical intervention is often necessary to repair the weakened area and prevent the hernia from worsening. Mesh implants are used during surgery to provide additional support and reduce the risk of hernia recurrence. Our skilled surgeons specialize in minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery, which offer shorter recovery times and reduced scarring.
  • Watchful Waiting: In cases where the hernia is small and not causing significant symptoms, a conservative approach with regular monitoring may be recommended.

Locations Served: Conveniently located in Hibbing, Duluth, Ely, and Cloquet, Minnesota, Advanced Surgical Associates of Northern Minnesota is dedicated to providing accessible and compassionate surgical care for patients with femoral hernias throughout the region.

Conclusion: If you suspect you have a femoral hernia or are experiencing symptoms such as groin pain or a visible bulge, don't hesitate to contact Advanced Surgical Associates of Northern Minnesota. Our experienced team is here to provide personalized care and expert guidance at every stage of your hernia treatment journey. Schedule a consultation with us today and take the first step towards hernia relief and improved quality of life.