I am new to this site. I would like some opinions on what to do.
Short Story -
A GI surgeon was supposed to remove an external hemorroidal skin tag and treat a fissure, which was the reason for my consultation. Instead, he first performed a colonoscopy and scheduled a second procedure in which he removed 3 internal hemorroids without my authorization. I still have the external hemorroidal skin tag and fissure after two procedures!!
Long Story -
I was referred to a GI specialist by my OB/GYN. I thought that I had an external anal fissure with a skin tag, which was bleeding (After my internet research!). She thought that it could be a polyp and should be investigated. The problem had started when I was pregnant many years ago and reoccured after medications during a major surgery.
The GI specialist confirmed my opinion of fissure with hemorroidal skin tag. He said that he could not remove/repair it without doing a total colonoscopy. This seemed strange since I am 44 and have no family history of bowel disease. He would only remove the skin tag if I agreed to the colonoscopy.
First Procedure - Colonoscopy. Woke up from the procedure to find that he did not remove the hemorroidal skin tag or repair the fissure. As a kicker, the clinic gave me the wrong instructions for the prep and I vomited for days. He said that he had decided to remove the skin tag in his office, without sedation.
I was initially really mad, but since I had met my out-of pocket on my medical plan I wanted to get this taken care of this year.
Second Procedure- Remove external hemorroidal skin tag and repair fissure. I checked in (again) to oupatient surgery, since his office decided that they could not do the procedure there afterall. I found that my scheduled procedure was listed as band hemorroids and flexible sigmoidiscopy. I told the nurse and everyone I saw that this was wrong and I was not there for that procedure. I crossed out the procedure on the authorization page and initialled it. They were to alert the doctor. In the operating room, I told the surgical staff that I was there for external skin tag removal. They said that it could be originating internally, so this was the confusion. Suddenly I feel a scope being used and very intense pain for about 10 minutes. The operating nurse asks the doctor if he banded three and he says yes. Needless to say, I was totally unprepared for the afteraffects of banding three hemorroids and all that would entail.
I have reviewed the colonoscopy report and it said that I had very small internal hemorroids which would not need treatment. My clinic notes state that I scheduled an external hemorroidal skin tag removal. I am furious. I endured two procedures which were invasive, expensive and not a lot of fun. I still have the same problem I originally saw this quack for. I don't think that I have any grounds to go after this doctor, since I don't have permanent damage.
What should I do?
P.S. Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this incredibly long post!
I'd say start with the hospital administrator where you had the procedures done and perhaps end with consulting a lawyer and your state board of insurance. I'd be so furious--I'm furious just reading your post!
I am thinking about talking to the hospital and/or an attorney. Talking about this stuff is all SO embarrassing and I don't know if I can do it. My husband said that I should. One of my client's is a medical malpractice attorney, so I could go to her if it wasn't so embarrassing. I also know the hospital administrator, unfortunately.
Thanks for your response. It helps to know that other people think that this was ridiculous.