Q5. What is a femoral hernia?

A5. This is also a protrusion of internal organ or tissue into the groin via a weak point in the abdominal wall. The difference between this and the inguinal hernia is that this is smaller in size and develops lower down in the groin (or the inside of the thigh).

The weakness in this case is the ‘femoral canal’: a canal through which blood vessels pass to the leg.

This hernia occurs in women more than men due to the fact that women have a wider pelvis.

Find out more in our femoral hernia section.

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