Inguinal hernias are one of the more common reasons for otherwise healthy people to have surgery. Unfortunately, hernias typically do not heal on their own--once you have one it is likely to stay that way unless you have surgery. The question of whether or not you need surgery depends upon how large the hernia
is, if it is causing you any other symptoms or problems, and how active you are. It sounds like someone has told you that you do have a hernia. At this point the best thing to do is follow up with a general surgeon
who can examine your hernia and discuss the surgical options with you. It is never a fun thing to have to consider surgery, but on the other hand the complications from incarcerated hernias--where they become "stuck" in between layers of soft tissue--can be very severe. If you have a known hernia and are otherwise healthy, having the area repaired can be the best thing to protect your health and quality of life in the future. Any concerns you have about the surgery itself, general anesthesia, or the recovery process should be discussed with the surgeon consultant or your primary care physician
. Best of luck getting this taken care of!