I have heard that many with positive outcomes from SH surgery have not posted, so I thought I would put in my experience.
Began suffering SH symptoms in October last year. Although I have always been very active, it may have been due to taking up tennis at a late age (48), Crossfit-type exercises, or a minor auto accident around the same time - who knows. Mild groin pain increased to stabbing pain during any acceleration movement, any type of lunge-based move was very painful and later could not run at all or even go up a hill walking without pain. Hip adduction was never a major problem, though. After discussing with a neighbor, a retired pro soccer player, I sought surgical consultation with from the same surgeon who did his SH repair several years earlier. (MRI was negative) No, it was not one of the "famous" surgeons discussed on this board, but rather a highly competent minimially-invasive surgeon. He had done "dozens" of SH repairs, but thousands of IH and other repairs. He was quite confident that he could help me.
Had the surgery on April 15. Laparascopic, Bilateral, tension-free mesh repair + the excision of several calcified/fatty deposits around the inguinal nerve. I have taken a gradual rehab approach, using alot of info discussed here on recent advances in core training etc. Now just hit week 5 - am able to run and accelerate pain-free for the first time in 6-7 months. Playing doubles tennis with no problems, gradually increasing my strength training to about 60-75% of pre-op (but holding out certain exercises such as pullups for another week or so). I can do the elliptical, cycle, jog pretty much pain free. Walking up hills, getting out of bed also much improved. Full golf swings almost ready. My only issues were really related to recovering from catheterization and some spermatic cord inflamation, which is mostly resolved now.
Granted, my injury was not as serious as many have reported here. But, I am very happy with the results and glad that I did not wait to have the surgery with the potential for further injury/scar tissue build up.
Glad to answer any questions