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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Is swelling in the groin area related to open heart surgery?

Hi, After open heart surgery I notice a swelling in the groin area. Over the past couple of years the swollen area has grown much like a hernia. Could this be a femoral hernia due to the heart/lung attachment procedure? Does it make a difference during surgery if the surgeon is expecting an inguinal hernia but it turns out to be femoral or can he proceed and just repair the appropriate area.?
Tue, 20 Aug 2019
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Thanks for the query.
It is unlikely related to your cardiac problems.
Consult a general surgeon and plan for an ultrasound to make a diagnosis.
Once the diagnosis is confirmed surgical correction is required irrespective treatment of inguinal or femoral.
wishing all the best.
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