Had a hernia repaired twice in Ontario 25 years ago. Failed both times after only a number of months and I was and am not a heavy exerciser.
After the failures, when I saw my urologist about a pee problem, he said why are you not going to the Shouldice Institute in Toronto. By the time I arrived there I had two hernias.
Sheldon is right -- at Shouldice they give you a local anaesthetic and happy juice. 25 years later I have had no further problems.
You can google Shouldice repair to see the technique. One would think it would be performed in the US.
If you want more US information, google hernia repair -- there is a forum at Penn Hernia Insitute, for example, which is interesting.
By the way, my experience with hernia repair supposedly by a good surgeon was the reason I made sure that I had one of the best surgeons in Canada do my prostatectomy.
Biopsy: May 09 showed 2 of 12 cores positive for prostate cancer -- 1 at 5% and 1 at 25%. Cancer indicated as non aggressive. Gleason Score: 3+3.
RRP on Oct 23/09 in London, Ontario. Excellent surgeon.
7 Weeks Post Op - The fears I had about bad things about the operation and recovery did not materialise except of course ED!!. Otherwise, everything went very smoothly. Incontinence not a problem. Wear a pad when out just in case. Pain was never a problem.
First followup PSA and Visit: Feb 11/10 - 0.0.
Next PSA May
Next doctor's visit in 6 months