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"Painful Hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy"

About: Bishop Auckland Hospital / Gynaecology

(as the patient),

I had a Hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy in Bishop Auckland hospital back in September 2017 through the 2 week referral system.

I received a leaflet with my appointment letter explaining that a number of different tests may be performed depending on the findings.

In all honesty i thought it was just going in to the out- patients department for a simple painless procedure but boy did i get a shock! If i had known beforehand how painful and traumatic this was, i would have had it done under general anaesthetic.

I have quite a good pain threshold but at one point i actually felt as if my ovaries were going to explode! It was one of the most unpleasant and traumatic things i have ever experienced. The nurse was really lovely and held my hand all the way through it. I was so glad she was there by my side or i may not have got through it.

Personally i think that patients should be a little better informed on how painful this procedure can actually be, so they can either take pain killers of some sort before they go and also should definitely be given the option to have it performed under either a local or general anaesthetic. If i ever had to go back and have this test repeated i would ask to have it under a general anaesthetic.

I don't mean to frighten anyone who is due to have these tests because they are so important and potentially life saving and everyone one has their own different experiences, this was my own personal view on it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and i hope it is of some help.



Response from Bishop Auckland Hospital

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County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

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