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I had a biliary stent put in in October 2013 whilst in hospital for gallbladder pain. I then had a Cholecystectomy ( gallbladder removal) two months later January 2014. The gallbladder was seriously diseased and had attached to other organs. They had to do only a partial removal and I had an internal catheter in for 3 days. I was kept on the day surgery as there were no beds available on the wards. I assumed that during the Cholecystectomy that the stent had been removed. This was a resonanle assumption because when I went for the post op meeting nothing was mentioned and I was discharged.
Like others on this forum, I had felt a pulling deep inside my stomach. A tight, digging, uncomfortable pain especially noticable when twisting, bending or lying on my side.
i assumed it was the healing of the partial gallbladder removal.
It has now been 15 months since I had the stent placed and over the last 6 months the stomach pain mentioned above has gotten increasingly more painful. Too long for it to just be a healing Cholecystectomy. So I started to wonder after reading these forums if the stent was still inside. Especially since many mentioned 4 - 6 weeks after having a Cholecystectomy, lots of people reported having the stent removed. Something that never happened To me.
I must point out, I have a serious back pain at the base of my spine and take trammadol and fentanyl patches for the pain. So cannot help but wonder if the heavy opiates / morphine masques the pain in my stomach.
I contacted my Doctors but they could not tell me if the stent was removed during the Cholecystectomy. I then rang the secretary of the surgeon who performed the surgery, thankful that I had kept the appointment letter with nhs number. The secretary panicked and said that I should have had the stent removed but there seems to have been a mistake. She can see the note saying I needed the stent removing but was discharged and they have forgotten. I complained to Tameside Hospital and they are apologizing and not suprised I have been in discomfort.
Now to the question. Am I in my rights to ask for general aneasthetic to have this stent removed considering it had been left in negligently. I do not want to go through the horror of the flexible tube again. Being held down and the pain of the guided tube / camera when they placed the stent. They said they were sedating me but I was wide awake and felt everything. The pain of the tube was excrutiating especially because I have an extreme gag reflex. I cried for hours after and was shaking for the shock.
Can i have a General aneasthetic ?
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