AIBU to think my arm was bloody mutilated??

(63 Posts)
plutoisnotaplanet Tue 23-Aug-16 20:14:18

I finally had my implant removed from my arm tonight after 2 months of back and forth with GP's and the clinic sad for anyone who has one, make bloody sure you can feel it through your skin at all times and when you go to have it taken out, make sure you can show them exactly where it is!!

So I went to my GP to have it removed but he couldn't find it, fair enough I was then referred to a special clinic that take them out all the time after a scan. I had my appointment 2 weeks later.

They found the implant on the scan and made a big incision that needed 5 stitches in the end, but in the process of digging around in my arm for it with her fingers, the implant snapped and dug itself deep into My muscle around the other side of my arm sad I could feel it and it hurt but when I said I thought she'd pushed it further in and round my arm she said that wasn't possible... hmm

She gave up trying to find it, stitched me up and said I'd have to have it removed under General anesthetic so she would write to my GP and explain...

A week later I get a phone call from the same doctor who said I should go back to the clinic a couple of weeks later to have it removed by her mentor, who was apparently more experienced hmm

Anyway, fast forward to tonight and she scanned my arm again and couldn't find the pieces of implant, but I told her I could now feel them around my elbow... She scanned and there they were in the muscle around my elbow (GRIM).

The picture is where she was first digging around (the scar) vs where the pieces of implant finally came out of my arm (the dressing)

My arm is really swollen and sore and I now have 2 1 inch scars that I'll have for life...

I'm not sure how to feel about all this... It's bad right??

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Tue 23-Aug-16 20:16:04

I've got one big scar from having an implant removed. Two seems ridiculous. It sounds like you've had a bit of a nightmare really.

phillipp Tue 23-Aug-16 20:17:44

Mine was a total nightmare to remove. I only had it in 6 months. You can barely see the scar now. Only if you look really hard.

I was told that taking them out can be difficult, very clearly though and was in my leaflet. So I expected it.

Must be awful if you weren't. It's not pleasant at all.

plutoisnotaplanet Tue 23-Aug-16 20:18:01

I'm feeling very sorry for myself tonight because it hurts and I'm feeling wounded, not sure whether being outraged is because of that or because I feel homely have something to complain about if that makes sense??

plutoisnotaplanet Tue 23-Aug-16 20:18:46

*like that or

PippaPug Tue 23-Aug-16 20:19:03

Oh my goodness that is terrible!!

Could you feel it before they took it out?

Maybe try bio oil to see if the marks fade, they may do over time, I hope your not in any pain at the moment, rest and eat chocolate!

plutoisnotaplanet Tue 23-Aug-16 20:20:49

I couldn't before the first time she went digging for it, but after she pushed it round and it snapped I could feel it every time I straightened my arm grinning against the muscle sad then when I told her this tonight she was really dismissive as if it wasn't possible that it was in my elbow... Well it bloody was!

Historygeek Tue 23-Aug-16 20:22:14

Yanbu. To be honest I'd never had an implant or coil or anything like that.

ParisienneRose Tue 23-Aug-16 20:22:46

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plutoisnotaplanet Tue 23-Aug-16 20:23:22

I won't ever have one again that's for sure!! Shame though, 3 years without periods was bloody lovely grin

Thatsmeinthecorner2016 Tue 23-Aug-16 20:24:05

wow, did you by mistake walked into family butchers instead of a surgery? that's horrendous!

Bubblebloodypop Tue 23-Aug-16 20:24:57

YANBU that sounds awful. I'm surprised everyone had such a bad time, I took my own out confused (Young and stupid)

ParisienneRose Tue 23-Aug-16 20:25:04

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plutoisnotaplanet Tue 23-Aug-16 20:25:30

thatsmein that made me laugh, thank you grin

I'm just feeling very sorry for myself I think! I'm glad it's gone!

plutoisnotaplanet Tue 23-Aug-16 20:27:27

ParisienneRose yes! She was really flippant when I told her it was in my elbow, like I was imagining it hmm

When her mentor pulled the bloody thing out in pieces from around my elbow joint she at least had the decency to look a bit sheepish!

ParisienneRose Tue 23-Aug-16 20:27:57

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plutoisnotaplanet Tue 23-Aug-16 20:28:03

Bubblebloodypop how on earth did you do that???

Any why???

plutoisnotaplanet Tue 23-Aug-16 20:29:41

ParisienneRose haha I'm really glad I'm not the only one who's been through this, I feel better knowing it's more common because she made me feel like I was being a difficult patient hmm

ParisienneRose Tue 23-Aug-16 20:35:21

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PersianCatLady Tue 23-Aug-16 20:38:54

I have often thought about how much easier an implant is than the Pill but after reading this I have changed my mind.

Pineapplemilkshake Tue 23-Aug-16 20:51:38

I frequently for and remove implants (I'm a GP) and it sounds as though it was badly fitted - they should be very superficial as they are so difficult to remove if too deep. Although it is usually the case that the arm will be badly bruised after a simple removal, it sounds as though you have had a dreadful experience. I would want to know was the fitter appropriately qualified and up to date - it is desirable (but not essential) to have a certificate known as LOC (letter of competence) in sub dermal contraceptive implants. This requires recertification every 5 years. Sorry you had such a bad experience. This is definitely not the norm as it is usually a very straightforward procedure.

Pineapplemilkshake Tue 23-Aug-16 20:51:59

*fit not for

microscope Tue 23-Aug-16 20:52:45

You've been really unlucky. For context, I have been fitting implants for 11 years and at one point I was doing 1-2 a week, so I have done hundreds. I have only had to refer one to be removed at a specialist clinic under ultrasound, and that was because the woman had put on a huge amount of weight and the fat was on top of the implant.

HornyTortoise Tue 23-Aug-16 20:53:38

I am absolutely scared shitless about having mine removed/replaced. A friend looked like she had been mauled by a wild dog rather than had a medical procedure, she was bandaged up and that but bled through it all by the time she got home and it just looked horrendous :S

Mommawoo Tue 23-Aug-16 20:53:44

flowers for you op thats awful.

(Impressive sweet selection in the background though grin)

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