Crural hernia and pregnancy
The possibility of pregnancy or possible future pregnancy should in no way be underestimated by either the patient or the treating doctor.
All situations that increase the volume contained in the abdominal cavity put stress on and aggravate abdominal wall defects, including hernia.
Pregnancy results in a considerable increase in abdominal volume within a few months. If a patient is already suffering from a crural hernia before pregnancy, there is a real risk of aggravation or complications during pregnancy.
This situation should be avoided in any case by undergoing surgery in good time before pregnancy.
Sadly, I have frequently diagnosed with an advanced pregnancy. This situation is very delicate: on the one hand, there are the increased risks of hernial complication, and on the other, there are the risks associated with the pregnancy itself.
In these cases, the patient is kept under close clinical observation and the hernia is repaired in the first months after the birth.
I have seen patients who tend to underestimate the problem of alleviating the symptoms of a crural hernia, which is usually seen after childbirth, by postponing surgery or considering themselves healed. Unfortunately, the anatomical defect remains and must be treated with surgery, which fortunately becomes less and less invasive thanks to new technologies, materials and instruments.