Femoral Hernias

If you’re living with pain caused by a femoral hernia, the surgeons at Mount Sinai are highly skilled in the procedures that can provide relief, including minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques. 

About Femoral Hernias

Located in the groin, this type of hernia protrudes through a congenital weakness of the canal through which the femoral vein, artery, and nerve pass that can enlarge over time. The weakness may be present starting at birth, or may develop over several years. Caused by poor wound healing following surgery, heavy lifting, or straining, femoral hernias grow larger over time.

A femoral hernia can be diagnosed during a physical exam by a trained healthcare provider. In some instances, an ultrasound or CT scan can be helpful. Although very uncommon in both men and women, femoral hernias are more likely to occur in women, due to factors including bone and muscle structure.

Treatments Femoral Hernias

There is a risk of all hernias causing a blockage if not repaired. Surgery is the only method of fixing a femoral hernia. A procedure to repair a femoral hernia can be performed using an “open” method, in which a surgeon makes an incision in your groin area, pushes the hernia back inside the abdomen, and places a piece of mesh to strengthen the abdominal wall. When possible, Mount Sinai surgeons are also able to perform this procedure using a laparoscopic method, which involves making small cuts through which a small camera and surgical instruments are inserted to repair the hernia.