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Why not to leave well alone

MagazineOctober 1998 (Vol. 9 Issue 7)Why not to leave well alone

I think that, in some respects, the views expressed by Dr JS Newell (WDDTY, vol 9, no 4, letters page) have some justification

I think that, in some respects, the views expressed by Dr JS Newell (WDDTY, vol 9, no 4, letters page) have some justification.

Having developed a left side hernia last year, I obtained all the information I could about it and consulted a surgeon. He said that I would eventually have to have the operation, as the hernia was likely to grow, and there was a slight risk of strangulation.

Due to circumstances, I did not have the operation and, I think as a consequence of postponing the operation, a hernia developed on the right side, too.

In my own case I think I made right decision finally, and had the double hernia repair done. The abdominal pain and distension I was experiencing, and all other symptoms cleared up after the operation. I believe this is evidence that leaving well alone is not the solution for everyone. John Richards, Merseyside........


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