Obturator Hernia

  • Q. Lina Hu
  • David C. ChenEmail author


Obturator hernias are extremely rare abdominal hernias but are often associated with high morbidity and mortality. They are more common in thin elderly women and, in the majority of circumstances, present as small bowel obstructions. A high level of clinical suspicion is key and cross-sectional imaging can be very helpful in establishing the diagnosis and evaluating for bowel compromise. Operative approach should be guided by bowel viability and surgeon experience and expertise.


Obturator hernia Evaluation Surgical repair Operative approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryDavid Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryLichtenstein Amid Hernia Clinic at University of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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