Dr. Konstantinidis MD, PhD, FACS - General Surgeon & Director of Bariatric, Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgery of Athens Medical Center.
Femoral hernia, although not common, can be quite dangerous because it is characterized by an increased risk of strangulation, i.e. the entrapment of the intestine in the hernia and consequently its necrosis.
As soon as you notice the hernia, you should immediately consult a specialized general surgeon.
Dr. Konstantinidis and his Surgical Team can treat the hernia easily and with absolute safety, thanks to the state-of-the-art robotic system Da Vinci® at Athens Medical Center, which offers impressive results and the lowest complication rates.
What is a Femoral Hernia?
A femoral hernia is essentially a bulge that occurs in the upper thigh near the groin, at the junction of the abdomen and the thigh. Its contents usually include the intestinal helix, which protrudes from the femoral ring.
It occurs more often in mature women, who are overweight and have several labors in their history. Of course, this does not mean that hernias do not appear in men or younger people in general.
Some of the most common causes of hernia development are chronic constipation, chronic cough, intense physical fatigue, many pregnancies, obstructive urination, weightlifting, heredity and obesity.
What are the symptoms of a Femoral Hernia?
A key symptom of a femoral hernia is its very shape, as it is visible with the naked eye. The patient will notice a bulge near the groin when standing or during exercise. The hernia can be more pronounced when the patient coughs.
Symptoms of femoral hernia include severe pain in the groin area, possibly accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
What is a Strangulated Femoral Hernia?
Femoral hernia should be treated immediately as it can pose serious risk to our health. One of the most common and important complications is strangulation. In the case of a strangulated femoral hernia, its contents (almost always the small intestine) are entrapped resulting in a gradual cessation of perfusion.
In this case medical intervention is imperative, as if left untreated, it will lead to ischemia and necrosis of the trapped viscera. T
he symptoms of a strangulated femoral hernia are severe pain, fever, redness, swelling of the area, inhibition of emptying of the bowel, bloated abdomen and vomiting.
What is the appropriate treatment for Femoral Hernia?
The diagnosis for femoral hernia is always clinical made by a specialized surgeon and its treatment is always surgical. In case there is the slightest doubt during the clinical examination, an ultrasound or a computed tomography scan provides clarity.
Femoral hernia can be treated robotically, laparoscopically or with open surgery. Of course, the most advanced and completely safe surgical method for the treatment of femoral hernia is with robotic surgery.
The operation is performed with the Da Vinci® robotic system, which allows for absolute precision on behalf of the specialized general surgeon. Robotic surgery for femoral hernia offers many benefits, such as:
- Minimally invasive and bloodless method
- Absolute surgical precision and small incisions
- Shorter recovery time
- Minimal possibility of recurrence and adhesions
- Reduced postoperative pain
- Excellent cosmetic outcome, without scars and marks
- Minimization of hospitalization time
Hospital stay lasts only one day. It should be stressed that after surgery, the patient should avoid physical exercise and weightlifting for 20-30 days.
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Why Dr. Konstantinidis?
Dr. K. M. Konstantinidis and his team have vast experience in the field of laparoscopic and robotic surgery.
Dr. Konstantinidis is the founder of Robotic Surgery in Greece and a pioneer in the field internationally, having performed the largest series of General Surgery operations in Europe using the innovative robotic system Da Vinci®.