I have an inguinal hernia, should I get an operation?

I have an inguinal hernia on the left side of my groin, it is small, has appeared 2 weeks ago. It does not cause any pain at all nor does it disturb me. When lying down I don’t feel it at all. But when I stand I do see it. When I push on it I feel it. Should I get surgery done?

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Age: 61
Medications: BP pills and Thyroid pills

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The danger with inguinal hernias is if it results in incarceration and strangulation – if it blocks your intestines. If it remains really small this should not happen. So if the pain is not causing you any discomfort or problems you can decide to take a wait and see approach and opt for surgery at a later date. However it won’t go away by itself and will probably get worse over time. Getting surgery now would remove the problem. But like with any surgery there can be complications and you will have to reduce your activities for a few weeks.… Read more »