What is a femoral hernia?
A femoral hernia is another type of external hernia that occurs in the groin region and is much more commonly seen in women than in men. This type of hernia is also more commonly associated with bowel strangulation due to its narrow neck. The hernia passes through the femoral ring into the femoral canal, just medial to the common femoral vein, and is inferiorly located to the inguinal ligament. Associated mass effect upon the common femoral vein is therefore typically seen, whereas this finding is not typically seen in inguinal hernias unless large in size.