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........