JackK ...You can choose to have this procedure under GA if you choose this method. I had the procedure in December. The hospital leaflet just advised taking over the counter pain killers and said the procedure could cause 'mild period like' cramps. It did state that the procedure could be stopped at any time and the need to put this in the leaflet raised my curiosity and I looked at appropriate nhs sites and had a chat with a doctor in the family. After all, any procedure can be stopped on request and the same hospital hadn't felt the need to mention this when I had a colonoscopy. I did feel that if the likelihood was mild period pain, who would need to stop a necessary medical procedure and go through it all again at a later date.
Although my hospital didn't mention the choice of GA the NHS choices site gives a list of reasons why you can request a GA, including choosing not to have the procedure awake.
It is cheaper for the NHS when women choose the procedure without anaesthetic and that is fine if this is a genuine choice. I had a transvaginal scan which was supposed to be followed up by hysteroscopy without anaesthetic. The staff were perfectly lovely and a bit persuasive but as soon as I mentioned NHS choices and produced the information they agreed totally that I could have the procedure under GA. The consultant came to have a chat with me and told me that as I would be having a large polp removed the procedure would be painful and I would probably have it stopped anyway.
All fine. Had the hysteroscopy and polp removed under GA two weeks later. However I do feel that the hospital leaflet should have warned that the procedure can be extremely painful so that women can make a properly informed choice.
Don't feel like a wimp if you do choose the GA route. If you feel you want to, do take the NHS site information about choices with you. I think there is another route on offer in some hospitals where you can have conscious sedation, a bit like when a colonoscopy is performed.
Good luck with which ever route you choose. Do come back and let us know how you get on
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