"Hysteroscopy- excruciatingly painful"

About: Newark Hospital / Gynaecology

(as the patient),

It was recommended I had a Hysteroscopy, a biopsy & a marina coil fitted after 2 years of very heavy periods that sometimes lasted up to 3months at times & that needed medication to stop them.

After arrival at the ward it became clear I may not have had all the literature I needed before hand about the procedure because I was asked for my urine sample that I didn't have because I wasn't told to bring one? Secondly I was asked if I had bought my slippers again no?

All the staff were female including the surgeon which was a great relief & very much appreciated, they all spoke pleasantly to me.

I was given an anti-inflammatory drug, general observations taken & pe-op questions asked; then was asked to remove everything from my waist down & given a surgical gown to put on.

Then immediately I was taken through to theatre. Everyone was suitably gowned & I was made ready, they enquired if I wanted to watch on the monitor I did.

The clamp insertion part was fine it was not until the prob/camera was inserted that the pain started the surgeon had trouble getting it through & needed to give it some force this was absolutely excruciating suddenly with a popping sensation she was through.

She tried to explain what she was seeing on the monitor but I was beyond all that I was reeling in agony trying to keep very still so it would be over fast I was sobbing.

I thought I was going to faint, I heard them saying she's not responding we're not getting any feed back they were trying to whisper into my left ear words of encouragement I would think but I don't know as I'm completely deaf in my left ear, something the nurse & surgeon had just just found out in my pre-op questions.

Then the clamp fell out & the surgeon said oh you'v spat it out don't worry I've nearly done just need to trim the threads their down to your knees & someone added not a good look on the beach.

All well meaning jokes to make me feel better I assume but nothing was cutting it by this stage I was a mess I was given a sanitary towel & put in a recliner chair by the surgeon.

My observations taken again at this point & my b/p had gone up and the alarms sounded on the b/p machine as this was an abnormal level.

The nurse switched off the machine & turned & said 'would you like tea, coffee, toast. ' She could see I was beside myself with pain & she added 'have you not had period cramps before? ' 'Lots of ladies come out with a smile on their face', then she added she had not had the procedure herself.

This was NOT period pain by any stretch of the imagination I just wanted to get out of there as fast as I could I do not know how I managed but I got dressed & left, my husband met me & he was shocked at the state I was in he helped me down the corridor where I broke down in his arms & sobbed. The pain was horrific.

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Response from Newark Hospital

I am sorry to hear of your experience whilst having this procedure.

If you wish to discuss this matter further please do not hesitate to contact the Patient Experience Department on 01636 685692 (direct dial).

Kind regards

Patient Experience Department

Newark Hospital

01636 685692

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