Both femoral hernia and inguinal hernia fall under groin hernia because they occur in the groin. The difference is that the gap that the protrusion passes through is different. The inguinal hernia is located at the inguinal canal or directly protrudes from the ab-dominal wall of the groin. The protruding position is higher and farther inside. Femoral hernia is a protrusion at the femoral canal in the lower lateral inguinal region. This type of hernia occurs at the junction of the thigh and the abdomen. The intestines or ab-dominal omentum are accompanied by the femoral canal protruding from the lateral in-guinal region and upper inner thigh, which is normally due to pregnancy or forced exer-tion when giving birth. At this time, the intestines will pass through the fragile part of the femoral ring tissue, move into the femoral canal which is near the femoral artery and vein of the thigh and protrude. It is more likely to be clamped or stranded at the early stage of femoral hernia than inguinal hernia. Therefore, it is necessary to repair femoral hernia before such complications occur once it is diagnosed.
Femoral hernia is common in women, but men may also get it.
Femoral hernia is rare, accounting for only 3% of all hernias, and mostly occurs in mid-dle-aged women who have had several births and elderly obese women.
Femoral hernia can cause pain in the groin and is often mistaken as inguinal hernia.