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!