I think JC already alluded to this, but I think what you are failing to realize is the toll that is taken on other muscle groups once this injury has rooted... hamstrings, psoas, glutes, adductors, abs etc. I spent almost 18 months trying to rehab. Furthermore, I spent thousands of dollars on alternative therapies like massage, rolfing, supplements, witchcraft, spells and potions, pixie dust, you name it... As far as trying recovery without surgery, you and I are on the same page 100%. But you and I disagree on the fact that you should be giving any advice when 1) you're not diagnosed 2) you don't have a legitimate rehab program and 3) you haven't healed without surgery to lend credibility in opining about it. As I've mentioned before, I think there is a short window for rehab. If it doesn't happen within the first 3-6 months, I think it is unlikely.
Following surgery, I can lightly jog -- this is fact. And I could not do that before without immediate pain the next day. I've done very little of it because my other muscles are not ready yet. I am going to have to spend a lot of time correcting my hamstring and adductor problems. My left side adductors have taken a beating due to this.
In closing, I think a lot of people who never had the injury, including Mike Boyle, might have a different opinion. I'm not trying to convince you to have surgery, only to do something about it. Trust me when I say this, no amount of rest is going to correct your problem. Some kind of defined rehab program is the only way to go -- whether it is before or after surgery. And just as a side note, my surgeon, Jeff Hoadley, states on his website that most will recover without surgery.
"The majority of athletes with sports hernia respond well to Physical Therapy. The duration of treatment may vary from athlete to athlete, but most return to full athletic activity without sports hernia surgery."
So maybe you should give his office a call and talk to him...