I am totally with you, Winnie, I had exactly the same procedures as you a few hours ago: colonoscopy and banding of hemorrhoids in one go.
The consultant and all the friendly staff re-assured me I was not going to feel pain and, under sedation, I wasn't going to care much anyway and not remember anything after. What all that about??? Yes, I was a little dazed, but I knew exactly what they were doing, saying, I felt an exruciating pain at times during the colonoscopy (not all the time); it was like my bowels were going to burst inside me, I just couldn't contain myself even though I absolutely hate showing I'm in pain in front of medical staff. The assistant nurse was pushing on my belly with his hands at a consultant's request every now and again (presumably to help the camera turn?) - that was awful too! I felt trapped and lied to. I said to all of them out loud that the sedation wasn't working, but they ignored me. 'Of course it's working!'
Then, it was time for banding... On the NHS website for St.Thomas Hospital it says: ' banding is a very short, painless procedure done without sedation'. Well, I was under sedation and that was just horrendous! I gave birth naturally twice (no epidural, pethidine etc) and only screamed at the very end, but this 'painless' banding made me moan like a child! Luckily it didn't last very ling!
I just wish someone had been honest with me beforehand. Such a surprise on an operating bed is unacceptable. I would have preferred the brutal truth.
I was in a lot of pain straight after (and still am 6 hours later) - I couldn't lie down still, I kept rolling on the bed in pain and just wanted to get up and sit on a toilet (I find that position brings me relief), but the nurse guarding me in the recovery area insisted she had procedures to follow and that I wasn't to get up for another 30 minutes because of sedation. I told her I didn't feel sedated at all, but of course she knew better and kept me there against my will. It's not like I just had heart surgery! I felt misunderstood and trapped again.
Then the consultant came to see me himself, which was good of him. He re-assured me the colonoscopy didn't show anything worrying (a small polyp, which he removed there and then) and the banding went well etc.
It later turned out he went to say the same things to my husband again because he didn't think I would remember anything!!! How many times, people, I DID NOT FEEL SEDATED!
It's just awful to think your body is the one undergoing all that stuff, but nobody is actually listening to you or treating you seriously!
Finally, I had an encounter with a nurse who was discharging me. She did ask how I felt and how it went, but when I mentioned the sedation had not worked for me, she just smiled and said 'poor you!'
Now I'm in an exruciating pain, I cannot find a position where I can actually think about something else than my backside. Paracetamol and ibuprofen they told me to take make hardly any difference. I was not given any leaflet or guidance how to recover 'well' after the proceure. It all feels a bit like the Wild West... I wonder how things will go tomorrow and will I get any sleep. My little girls want their mummy, who can barely move from bed to toilet at the moment!
I think I got better info and treatment when I had my wisdom tooth removed!
Anyway, I do not mean to scare anyone at all - it's just how it was for me. I hope you will have a different experience if you are having a similar thing done.
If today will mark the end of my saga with hemorrhoids, I'd say: IT WAS WORTH IT!
I had to ask for some pain relief and only got some over the counter pills, which didn't help.