Femoral Hernia – new to all this
05/10/2017 at 2:04 pm #11004TnchicMember
I wanted to give you guys some background on my situation. I am a 43 year old female. Very active, marathon runner, high intense work-outs. I diagnosed myself with a femoral hernia. Bulge on right side which becomes more noticeable when working out or doing extensive walking. My obgyn did physical exam and referred me to have a CT scan which I am still waiting on insurance approval.
Anyone here have femoral hernia and continuing to be VERY active? Also what is the recovery period for this type of surgery?
05/11/2017 at 1:22 pm #14714WasInTNMember
I had Inguinal hernia and got surgery done with mesh by Dr. Goodyear of PA. From my experience here are some points. I am sorry if some of these points hurt you but reality always bites. Take it or leave it and BTW I am not a medical professional and you are free to do as you please.
1. Hernia, wherever it happens is due to a weakness in the tissue. And the weakness can happen due to variety of reasons, the main one being genetic and the other reasons are dozens to quote. But if you stretch any tissue – including the amazingly elastic heart beyond a reasonable/alloawble level, it will break. So if you think you are VERY active and want to be VERY active you need to think again after hernia surgery.
2. Hernia surgery, as I said on this forum time and again, will fix your tissue in a good way (assuming the surgeon is a good one) and will put you back on your feet. The ultrapro mesh Dr. Goodyear uses is 8x stronger than the original tissue according to him. So if he puts this mesh in my body and I assume I become a superman to lift the Himalayas from Asia and carry them back to Australia (AKA, VERY ACTIVE) then I will have another hernia in another part of the tissue or close the mesh itself. Yes hernia surgery fixes you but does not make you superman/woman.
3. My PCP warned me about my hernia in 2007 and I waited till 2013 till the bulge showed up below my belly belly button on right side. And then learned that my late father had it and never did surgery and my brother had it and had surgery. So it is genetic and can happen to families. I waited 6 years and ignored my PCP advice not to lift weights etc. (again aka VERY active).
4. By 2013 the pain from my hernia was unbearable. I decided that either I die on surgery table or come out better but cannot sit with hernia and shooting pains. So I researched and found Dr. Goodyear as my choice. Before that for six months I even stopped carrying 1 gal milk cans and anything more heavier than 1/4 Lb. Why because, the lifting was causing more trouble.
5. People have told me and I read on internet that hernia can be cured by yoga and some exercises. I believed those for a few days/weeks and practiced them but found them useless. Once it came to show up on the skin like a bulge, it is almost irreversible. A hole in tissue cannot be fixed by yoga. It needs a patch. And the patch can be another tissue (desarda type) or with a mesh. Each one has an advantage and disadvantage. The internet is awash with these. Will mesh suit you? Nobody can tell. It is like driving car on highway. 999% you are safe. But do people die on highway? You bet. Some people had problems with mesh and some are happy. Some are happy for a few years and then they develop problems. Human body is a closely guarded environment and any stuff you insert inside will have a reaction. If your body tolerates that reaction you are good. Else you know what it means.
6. If you plan to be VERY active after surgery or before surgery when the hernia is confirmed, it will only grow further. After mesh surgery you still have to be careful for points above.
IMAO (A is for arrogant), hernia is like diabetes. You have a friend for life whether you like it or not. It will come with you and is a warning that you have a problem. The problem can be fixed (like a diabetic can live till 100 actively with medication and other controls) but you always need to be careful.
That’s my opinion – strictly personal one.
05/17/2017 at 12:35 am #14719mela414Member
I had an incarcerated femoral hernia but was in pain for 7 months before they figured out what I had. I had surgery October 2016. They also found a small hernia near my belly button. The femoral hernia was repaired with mesh and the one near the belly button was sutured. I never had any pain in my belly near my belly button. I only had pain by the femoral hernia and after bowel movements. I was told this was because I was pushing more fat into the femoral canal.
By the time they did the surgery they said the fat was stuffed inside the femoral canal.
i did not do any excercie or
lifting for months after. I stared to ease my way into walking and then at about 4 months the elliptical machine. I noticed an increase in pain so had to stop. It was stirring things up.
my problem now is that I am having terrible pain by the bellybutton and belly. I was told it’s probably suture rejection and I am looking at doing another surgery now. So obviously not exercising.
Good luck with your MRI results and hope it’s not a hernia.
has anyone had suture rejection problems. I did a post a few weeks ago but no responses 🙁
05/18/2017 at 11:14 pm #14731Chaunce1234Member
Any update on you case? What area are you located?
Good general advice is see a doctor who has experience working with patients like yourself (very physically fit, very physically active), and preferably a hernia specialist / expert with a notable amount of experience. There are multiple ways to fix a hernia, be sure to discuss and understand each of them so you know what is recommended for you and why. Learn the risks and benefits of each, etc. Good luck, keep us updated.
05/27/2017 at 3:41 pm #14741drtowfighKeymaster
Femoral hernias are more commonly seen among women. They likely have a genetic predisposition. Your level of activity does not positively or negatively protect against these, as there is very little muscle in the area. It’s all bone and ligament.
Femoral hernias are usually small and rarely present as a bulge. If you see a bulge then most likely it’s an inguinal hernia. Physical exam by your doctor will help.
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