Femoral hernia surgery


Femoral hernia is a condition, when organs of the abdominal cavity pass through the femoral canal into subcutaneous thigh area. When hernia occurs, a mild pain can be felt and easily palpable bulge can be palpated in the thigh area, which can be pushed inside. If professional assistance is delayed, the hernia can become incarcerated – it is not possible to return the content of the bulge back to the abdominal space by pushing, a severe pain occur, which may result in complications.

How is the surgery done?

The surgery is carried out under local, spinal or general anaesthesia, by open or laparoscopic technique. An incision is made during the surgery, which is used to separate the hernia sac ant to remove its excess, the hernia opening then is sutured. If the hernia is not very large, its opening is sutured applying multilayer sutures. If the hernia is large a special synthetic mesh is used during the surgery, which reduces the risk of reoccurring cyst in that area.

In case of laparoscopic surgery small incisions made which are used to insert small laparoscopic video camera and surgical instruments, the space is filled with CO2 gas creating the working environment for the surgeon. All surgical activities of the surgeon are observed in the monitor.

After surgery care and healing

  • The dressings should be changed every second day, until the sutures are removed.
  • Constipation should be avoided; laxatives may be taken, if needed.
  • The surgical wounds must be protected from water for 5 days after the surgery.
  • Strenuous physical and sport activities should be avoided for 2-4 weeks after the surgery.
  • It is not recommended to visit saunas, to take a bath, to swim in the swimming pools or water bodies for 4 weeks.

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