NO LOCAL ANESTHESIA ADMINISTERED DURING BARTHOLIN GLAND SURGERY

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My dr didn’t use any local anesthesia during my Bartholin gland/Werd Catheter Surgery! I FELT EVERYTHING PLUS MORE!!! What would you do? 

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    I might kindly and respectfully let the doctor know that next time, some local anesthesia might be more comfortable. Unfortunately, that area is very hard to numb, so the doctor may have tried and it just didn't take. I work in an OR and we have actually done that under general anesthesia. I had both my Bartholin glands removed...that's the only way I got rid of them! Good luck to you....

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      Then how come when I searched the web every webpage and video shows and states local anesthesia is to be administered. He told me that the anesthesia would hurt worse than the actual procedure so he did t use any anesthesia. Why wasn’t I given an opportunity to make that choice for myself? Shouldn’t my patients rights been given an opportunity to choose? Typically if the gland has an infection anesthesia is typically harder to take but I had no infection at all. If the anesthesia wasn’t bad enough, the puncture wound he made wasn’t large enough so the end of the werd catheter would actually fit inside the gland so he had to take hemostats to stretch/tear/rip the wound even larger so he could finish the surgery. Everyone is different, and Assuming the anesthesia wouldn’t numb me up was a wrong assumption causing excruciating pain to an already Chronic Pelvic Pain Patient. It has caused anxiety, stress, anger, mistrust, and dread when I have to walk into his office once a month. I am currently looking for a new dr. Thank you for your info Lori! God Bless! 
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    Sorry you had such a bad experience. It sounds as if you have already made your decision as to what to do. I went to 4 providers before finding one that would do what I wanted...which was to remove both glands. I had one side lanced several times...a couple times without local...so not sure that saying local is always used is accurate. It was painful...that's for sure! I wouldn't wish Bartholin gland issues on my worst enemy! They suck! I finally found a gyn with a good friend who is a GYN-ONC. They removed my glands...2 years ago. It's better...not 100%...but at least I can run and ride my bike again. Hang in there. You'll find the right thing to do for yourself.

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      Lori, my mother also had one of her glands removed. I guess the genetics weren’t in my favor. My mother said that surgery was the worse surgery she had ever been through considering she has had (3) children, 2 by c section and a hysterectomy. She also said she wouldn’t wish that surgery on her worse enemy. Her gland was probably the size of a lemon/orange. She had it for years but was terrified of the surgery until it just wouldn’t stop hurting, she had no way out of her misery except to have the darn thing removed. I had only noticed mine about 4 months prior to finally having it drained and cathed and mine was already the size of a small egg.  

      As women, as people, as patients, we seem to entrust our health, our personal lives in the hands of our physicians too soon. I have been an active monthly patient of this pelvic pain specialist for over 3 years before this horrifying experience ruined every good feeling I had about my dr. He has been a specialist for over 40 years. After my surgery, little quirks began happening, he began lying to me about the dosages of my medications then once I got to the pharmacy he had done totally the opposite of what we discussed that same day in his office. This has occurred back to back for 2-3 months in a row. I hate to say this but I almost feel like he is trying to make me leave his practice. Well, that’s exactly what I intend on doing. I’m hoping this coming new appointment with a new dr will take me on as a patient once we have our initial consultation at the end of the month. 

      As for you, you definitely have seen and dealt with tremendous amounts of pain and recovery time. I am so glad to hear you are regaining your quality of life back. Ride that bicycle girlfriend! 😂👍🏼 I appreciate your words of wisdom and thank you again for sharing your experience with me. I hope your health continues to bring you comfort and joy! 

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