About: Blackpool Victoria Hospital Blackpool Victoria Hospital Blackpool FY3 8NR
Do not be disillusioned, this procedure was very painful even with sedation. The staff on the whole were very professional, caring and friendly - however the doctor performing this procedure was not. The nurse couldn't get the cannula into my arm, so the doctor decided to do it in my hand - fine- but the way he was speaking to me in a raised manner to relax was not nice at all. All I can remember is sheer pain for the actual colonoscopy itself, although I don't think it was actually painful for the whole time, it just seemed to be a rush, no chance for any stopping, it was just completely awful. I went in to the recovery area and expected to feel drowsy but did not, was completely wide awake - is this how sedation works? I researched colonoscopy on the internet and every procedure I watched with sedation, the patient was definitely not in any pain; this is why I chose the option of sedation. If a colonoscopy does hurt then you should tell your patients - do not disillusion them by saying it is just "uncomfortable". Also the next day my insides feel very tender and sore - nobody told me that this would happen. I feel traumatised by what happened, and if friends or family want to know what the procedure is like, I will definitely tell them it's dreadful.