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Painful Colonoscopy with Haemorrhoid banding

OMG how painful is this procedure??? I went to work while doing the bowel prep, wasnt advised not to and the hospital was suprised when they found out I had gone to work.

The procedure itself was nothing short of horrific, I was screaming in pain and begging them to stop and I heard the Dr ask 'as she calmed down yet' this is not what I wanted to hear, he could of asked if I was ok.

Anyway nothing was found except 3 internal haemorrhoids which were banded. The pain after was excruciating, I was sick and rolling around the bed in agony, not offered any pain relief. I kept saying how ill I felt and how much pain I was in and it fell on deaf ears. I was sent home with no painkillers or aftercare advice, I wasnt told what painkillers to take and advised to take a day off work due to the sedation and not the procedure.

Every painkiller I took didnt get anywhere near the pain, warm baths are the only thing that helped a little. I couldnt make work for 3 days as I say I was on a scale of 10 for pain and here I am a week later still in pain. I have chronic leg pain, stomach pain and painful bum, my skin feels tender and bruised, I just dont feel right and have chronic diarrhoea and nausea. I have to go to work today and feel so ill and tired.

I am thinking of complaining about the procedure and aftercare but dont think it will solve anything.

How have others found the banding procedure????

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  • Clover100 Clover100

    I had this very procedure done today and received lots of information beforehand. I knew that having to be

    close to a toilet meant stay at home as the prep was going to make bowel movements urgent.

    I agree that the procedure was painful, even though I had IV muscle relaxant and pethidine for pain relief.

    I can also remember what happened, although I wasn't expected to. The drugs are supposed to make

    the patient cooperative but relaxed and with no memory of the procedure.

    The after effects so far have been bloating and excessive painful wind, but releasing the gas eased that

    with vast amounts of flatulence.

    I'm expecting further pain and discomfort from the banding procedures too but have been advised to take pain relief medication and also been told that I shouldn't go to work next week either.

  • PaWiSu PaWiSu winnie105

    I had banding done six weeks ago. It took about 3 minutes laying on my side. I felt nothing as they did it. A slight 'full' feeling for a couple of days and no problems and no blood since.

  • PaWiSu PaWiSu winnie105

    I had three banded a couple of months ago. It took about two minutes with no pain and very little discomfort (more a 'full' feeling), nothing after that and 100% success.

    Mine was done at Lewisham Hospital in south London.

  • lonelycdn lonelycdn winnie105

    I had this done in 2010,though I was under for the surgery.

    When I woke up, I was is extreeme pain 10+ for the next 3 days and could barely walk from bed to washroom and back again.

    Worst pain I felt in my life..

  • vivek raj26224 vivek raj26224 winnie105

    I too had a colonoscopy and banding couple of days back i too wonder the process was way too painful above all the sedatived didnt work on me i was in full consiousness the entire process. Colonoscopy was bearable compared to banding...i would advise people to opt for a good sedative it may ease the process. Yeah and winnie i am still having slight pain while excreating the toughh phase lasted for 48hrs may be...i guess you should consult your doctor if the pain is still unbearable, immediately after the process i was given painkiller injection (voveran).

  • Neil123 Neil123 winnie105

    I'm sorry to hear of your experience, it sounds harrowing!

    I just wanted to post my experience, for a bit of balance, so that people reading your post and about to undergo this procedure aren't scared out of their wits!

    I had a colonoscopy about 4 months ago, which revealed I had a tiny polyp, and internal hemorrhoids. There was very little pain during this procedure, just discomfort when the tube/camera turned a corner. It was not that painful at all, and I felt very relaxed.

    Last night I went back to have the polyp removed and the hemorrhoids banded, under general anesthetic (I needed to be sleep for the polyp removal I think). I have a bit if pain in my anus, but that's all. It's just an annoying pain, but completely manageable. They gave me some paracetamol and codeine, but I don't feel like I need it much. They also gave me some cream, but I'm not sure if that's for pain relief. Also a laxative, and they told me to eat lots of fibre! I'm working next in two days time (I'd work sooner if I got any bookings!).

    I find that most posts about hospital treatment, understandably, is when things don't go well. When people about to have treatment do some online research, they mostly read horror stories! I think in the vast majority of cases it's very straightforward.

  •  John4747965 John4747965 winnie105

    hi had a colonoscopy and 3 internal hems banded 3 days ago was no problem very little pain had a good specialist and the hospital ringwood private was wonderful please be reminded that they are not all bad hope you are better now john

  • anita63178 anita63178 winnie105

    Hi I've just had colonoscopy yesterday and banding on 3 piles with no sedation and no gas and air. I've been in a lot of pain and only advised to take paracetamol. I had to go back to work today and I'm finding the pain hasn't eased.

  • j20402 j20402 winnie105

    I had the same procedure done yesterday. good thing was it was all pretty quick, bad thing was it was very painful. I personally found the colonoscopy more uncomfortable as it lasted longer. It felt like my stomach was being blown up and I felt the strange sensation of air bubbles popping up in my tummy. It was really horrible and disconcerting but the team around me were very kind and reassuring. it was a real relief when this was over. then for the actual banding, perhaps the whole thing only took a minute or so, the scope going in was very painful and I screamed out a few times but certainly didn't want them to stop as I just wanted it to be over. afterwards, I felt in a lot of discomfort, pain was only 5/10 but extremely uncomfortable, like really bad indigestion. I was given liquid morphine and some other pain killers, started to feel quite a bit better about half an hour later, but still with a lot of discomfort. last night slept quite badly due to discomfort but this morning things have improved a lot, still have a fullness/ache in the area. good luck to anyone doing this procedure, I hadn't had anything like this before. I would say it is bearable and the good thing is it's extremely quick. make sure you have a loved one to look after you afterwards, I stupidly arranged this while my wife was away. I think the trauma of the whole thing means you need a lot of TLC!

  • susan85360 susan85360 winnie105

    Just had four hems banded when  I was just expecting a consultation so I wasn't prepared.The procedure wasn't painful but pain very quickly came on. I had asked if it would be ok to drive home and was told it would fine.I really don't know how I managed to drive the twenty miles back.When I got home I was begging for codeine but had to take far more than the recommended dose to even take the edge off the severe dull ache.Twelve hours on the pain is no less. I was given no advice, not even so much as a leaflet.This was done at New Hall hospital Salisbury on the NHS.

  • gary36944 gary36944 winnie105

    I had 4 banded on Wednesday and the pain was very intense. It's now Saturday and BMs feel like passing glass. Is this normal?

  • luke49237 luke49237 winnie105

    Hi had this done yesterday under a general with a enema before on a day op. The staff were brilliant with me. I had a camera to look how bad they were and was told when I came round they are very big and will need another session of banding in 3 months. The pain when I came round was bad for me. I found that I had the feel g of pressure downstairs on my bladder and anus. I was given paracetamol but this did not really help. Once I was discharged I was given co-codamol 500mg up to 2 pills 6 times a day for pain. Metronidazole 1 pill twice a day as a antibiotic and lactulose solution 15ml once a day to help with going to the loo and passing. I have found that I was unable to get comfortable at all sitting and the only way led down was on my side with my knees coming up to my waist but this would change after 15mins and really found standing up to be less painful and almost table topping (led off the sofa with my backside off the sofa and my legs propping up my lower body) to help take pressure off my backside. I am going to take a couple of warm baths today but would also like to add that the hospital was going to sign me off work for a week but I am on annual leave for another week and did not need it, i hope this helps you all and those in the future but I will say that I did not expect this amount of pain and discomfort.

  • janjcks janjcks winnie105

    OMG how awful, I am having Colonoscopy next week and am terrified now after hearing your story, I don't know how long ago you posted this but I hope you are better now, or at least getting better. I would have complained about that doctor if I were you.

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