Obturator Hernia

  • 0.1% of hernias, 0.2% of bowel obstructions
  • Greater incidence in females than males ( 9:1)
  • Frail women in 7th or 8th decade
  • More common on right
  • 20% bilateral
  • Medial groin pain secondary to obturator nerve impingement
  • Howship-Romberg sign (hip-knee pain)
  • Repair via abdominal approach with mesh
  • 25% mortality

 

New York University School of Medicine
Hernia Repair
Department of Surgery
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