"Lack of information and severe lack of after care"

About: Ninewells Hospital / General Surgery

(as the patient),

I had 2 secral nerve stimulators fitted in August. I wasn't given much info on the op or complications of the op. My only concern was that I could safely start a family with the implants in. I was told it would be fine as long as the implants are turned off.

After having them fitted, I found out there were many things I could not have done whilst I had the implants in (for example, certain scans and x-rays). Can't have paddles to restart my heart if it were to stop etc I was very upset about this and probably wouldn't have gone through with the op had I known.

My periods have stopped since having them in, I get bad cramp in my lower legs and feet also. Which I keep getting told have nothing to do with the implants. I saw a different nurse recently and I told her my concerns. She advised me to turn the implants off and keep them off till I see my surgeon. I am to tell my surgeon I want them removed.

Also, I should have had a checkup 6/7 months previously. I still haven't had this appointment, even though I have phoned multiple time to raise my concerns. I eventually got an appointment which is still a few weeks away.

I just want these things taken out!

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Response from Caroline Hiscox, Associate Nurse Director, NHS Tayside

Dear Mrs Dandy,

I am really sorry to hear that you have been very upset by your recent experience with NHS Tayside. Please can you get in touch with Alison Moss from our feedback team to allow us to understand more about your situation. If you would find this helpful Alison can be contacted at feedback.tayside@nhs.net

Kind regards


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Update posted by mrs dandy (the patient)

Thank u for your response Caroline. I am now in contact with Alison Moss.