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Australia Endometriosis sufferer sent home in agony after three-day wait for surgery

09:59  02 august  2018
09:59  02 august  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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a woman smiling for the camera: Ms Hunt has been admitted to hospital three times in the last six weeks due to excruciating pain associated with endometriosis. (Photo: Ms Hunt)© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Hunt has been admitted to hospital three times in the last six weeks due to excruciating pain associated with endometriosis. (Photo: Ms Hunt) A woman with endometriosis was sent home in agony after waiting in a NSW hospital for three days to have surgery that was never performed.

When 31-year-old Anna Hunt was admitted to Orange Base Hospital in regional NSW last Friday she was in excruciating pain.

“I was barely able to walk. My pain level was pretty much a ten out of ten. I was just in the foetal position basically,” she told nine.com.au.

It was the third time the young mother had been admitted to the hospital in six weeks because of the debilitating pain.

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Ms Hunt was diagnosed with endometriosis five years ago and since then has endured two surgeries to remove cysts on her ovaries and two miscarriages.

The disease causes tissues similar to the lining of a uterus to grow in other parts of the body. In Ms Hunt’s case, this extra tissue has fused her left ovary to her uterus.

After being admitted to the hospital on Friday, Ms Hunt was told she would undergo keyhole surgery the next day so surgeons could investigate why she was in so much pain. They also wanted to remove as much of the abnormal tissue as possible.

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Most sufferers are not as fortunate as me. They’re still doubling their doses and throwing up in your workplace because they don’t have any other options. This move from Nice is so welcome because endometriosis sufferers need to be believed.

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But, after fasting all day on Saturday, Ms Hunt was told her surgery had been pushed back to the next morning because the operating theatres were all full with emergency cases.

The same thing happened for the next two days. Finally, after three days of waiting, Ms Hunt was told she was being discharged from hospital.

“Each time those in charge of theatre put my case to the bottom of the pile due to it not being urgent enough,” Ms Hunt said.

“Then they said to me on Monday that it would just keep happening because it’s not really considered an emergency procedure.”

“So I was discharged from the hospital and told to go privately as the only way that I will get the surgery needed to give me some kind of relief in the public system is to wait months for elective surgery.”

a car driving on a highway: Ms Hunt said she was disgusted with the care she received at Orange Base Hospital.© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Hunt said she was disgusted with the care she received at Orange Base Hospital.

Ms Hunt said she was “disgusted” by the way the hospital handled her case.

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Your surgeon can remove any endometriosis scarring and lesions during the laparoscopy, as well. Most people can go home soon after laparoscopic surgery , but if your procedure is more You’ll probably be tired for the first few days after surgery , as well. You may not be able to drive, have sex

Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when cells that normally make up the lining of the uterus develop elsewhere in the body. Surgery can help to locate and remove areas of significant endometrial growth, providing considerable pain relief in the short term.

“I understand that emergencies happen. But I just think for me to be sitting there for three days and to just keep getting ignored is not really ideal.

“I left there feeling almost embarrassed and like I had wasted their time, even though I was the one who was sick.”

Ms Hunt said she was advised by one of the doctors at the hospital to make a complaint.

“They said there isn’t a whole lot of awareness around this type of thing and that unless women speak up and do make complaints when this sort of thing happens then nothing is ever going to change.”

Ms Hunt’s experience at Orange Base Hospital came within days of Health Minister Greg Hunt announcing a national action plan to tackle endometriosis last Thursday.

In his announcement, Mr Hunt acknowledged the “insidious” nature of the disease – which affects 700,000 Australian women - and the past failures of the medical system.

“Patients have historically experienced poor clinical care, due to a low level of understanding of the condition, both amongst the public and the medical community,” Mr Hunt said.

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On her third visit, her doctor said she might be dealing with endometriosis . Chloe had never heard of the condition before. Studies have shown that relatives of women with endometriosis are five to seven times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition, suggesting there is a genetic component

Three months following my first operation involved a lot of ‘resting and taking it easy’, and yet, for most of that My fourth surgery was with an Endo specialist (incredibly hard to find genuine specialists) who performed deep excision surgery . After the surgery I was in screaming agony , and ended up

“Many have suffered in silence for far too long, enduring diagnostic delays of between seven and twelve years on average.”

a screenshot of a cell phone© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Hunt said when she was discharged from hospital she was still in a great deal of pain.

“When I left hospital on Monday they told me take Panadol four times a day, Nurofen three times a day and then Endone,” she said.

In a bid to avoid months of waiting to get an appointment in the public system, Ms Hunt said she ended up paying $300 for a private consultation with a surgeon this week.

“I have organised to have the surgery done electively, which will be done in Mudgee in six weeks. I was told to have it done in Orange I would be waiting for five months,” she said.

a person sitting in a park: Ms Hunt, pictured with her eight-year-old son Noah. (Photo: Anna Hunt)© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Ms Hunt, pictured with her eight-year-old son Noah. (Photo: Anna Hunt)

Ms Hunt said her endometriosis had been dismissed by other doctors in the past, who questioned whether it was just “bad period pain”, or if she was suffering from depression.

“The tough thing with endometriosis is that it’s really invisible from the outside, unless there is a cyst or something that shows up in an ultrasound,” she said.

“Nothing shows up in a blood test. You don’t have a temperature or anything like that. That’s why it’s a bit of a silent thing and it’s not really taken all that seriously because you are not presenting as sick.”

Anna Hunt has endometriosis which sometimes leaves her in so much pain she is unable to walk. (Photo: Anna Hunt): Anna Hunt has endometriosis which sometimes leaves her is so much pain she in unable to walk. (Photo: Anna Hunt)© Supplied Anna Hunt has endometriosis which sometimes leaves her is so much pain she in unable to walk. (Photo: Anna Hunt) In a statement provided to nine.com.au, Western NSW Local Health District, Orange Health Service Manager, Catherine Nowlan said: “The Orange Hospital is committed to providing all patients the best possible care and apologises for any inconvenience or distress that was experienced by our patient in this case.”

“The patient’s ongoing care has been discussed with her and we will continue to offer any support or assistance that is required.”

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