The femoral hernia is the type of hernia that will grow in the groin or upper thigh region. This is one of the more rare types that a patient can experience and the best way to repair it is through surgery. During the procedure the doctor will push the tissue back inside of the weak area and sew it close. This surgery is either an open or laparoscopic surgery.
Preparing For Surgery
Before you go into surgery it is important that you tell your doctor if:
- You are or could be pregnant.
- You have been taking drugs, supplements, and herbs used without a prescription.
A week before the surgery you:
- Will be asked by your physician to stop taking drugs that will make it hard for your blood to clot as needed. You should stop taking Advil, Motrin, Plavix, Coumadin, Aleve, Naprosyn, and drugs like this.
- Your doctor will tell you what drugs he will prescribe to you the day of the surgery.
The day of the procedure you:
- Cannot eat or drink before midnight the night before of the surgery.
- Take the drugs your physician prescribed with water.
- Arrive to the hospital thirty minutes before your scheduled appointment.
When the doctor is ready for you, the nurse will give you a general anesthesia. If the hernia is small then you might only be given a local anesthesia that will relax you. You will be awake during this time – but you will have no pain.
When you are numb, the doctor will make a small incision in the groin region and repair the tissue that is weakened. Sometimes this is done with stitches and other times this is done using mesh. The mesh is much stronger and likely to last longer than the stitches. When the tissue is fixed they will stitch the incision closed and take you back to your room.
Most patients are allowed to go home when the procedure is finished and the doctor is confident that there are no immediate side effects. In some cases you will have to stay overnight for observation. You will experience swelling, bruising, and soreness.