Luckily, I have only ever needed to have one operation in hospital. It began with a routine medical at work.
“What’s this?” asked the doctor, feeling a hard mass in my abdominal area.
“IBS? I suggested helpfully, having already been advised that I did indeed suffer from the condition by my own GP.
“That’s not IBS!“ came back the emphatic reply and she advised me to get it scanned.
“What is this?” repeated my GP, feeling my stomach back at her surgery.
“You told me it was IBS,” I said silently to myself.
I had the mass scanned. They turned out to be fibroids, benign tumours inside the uterus wall. When I went along to the consultant to discuss my treatment, I came armed with the bane of a modern medic’s life: sheaves of material downloaded from off the internet. I had heard of a relatively new treatment called Uterine Artery Embolism (UAE), a procedure which involved cutting off the blood supply to the fibroids causing them to wither away. Such treatment was available in
but I had no idea whether it was also available in the America on the NHS. UK
Far from being put off by my research, the consultant welcomed it. He told me he knew a local NHS surgeon, who was always keen to recruit more patients for the procedure so she could perfect her skills in it. By its very nature, her patients tended to be self selecting. It also meant I would not be faced with a long waiting list.