Non-Consensual and Unnecessary Genital Exposure and Contact

Non-Consensual and Unnecessary Genital Exposure and Contact

I went in for a venous ablation, which was conducted in an operating room with sedation, and, as I discovered is the most expensive, intrusive, and traumatic option possible. I was never informed that I actually had options for this procedure. Specifically, I could have had it done in an office with a local anesthetic at a separate campus that is part of this particular hospital system. Thus, I was denied say in my own medical care and expenses. I trusted them and didn’t think I could have had it done in any other way until I started doing my own research afterwards when my leg wasn’t healing. I then found out that my experience was completely unnecessary. Also, nether the surgeon nor her staff adequately or properly prepared me for my surgery and thus denied me the ability to give informed consent and the right to refuse treatment. For example, they cut off my underwear, exposed my genitals, and shaved my groin and abdomen needlessly. Incisions were made around my knee only. My groin was not in the operative field, and nobody explained any risk to me that would constitute a need to access my groin.. This was done without my knowledge or consent. I do realize that some people are not bothered by strangers stripping them naked and touching their genitals. But this should be mentioned for others who wish to maintain bodily autonomy at all times in order to preserve their modesty and dignity. It is especially important for sexual assault survivors and dealing with PTSD. Neither the surgeon nor the hospital will acknowledge that mistakes were made.
I used to have complete faith, trust, and respect for medical personnel. But my experience shattered all of that.

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