Secret Surgery’s Guide to Surgery Abroad – Part 5
Choosing a Surgeon
Choosing a surgeon is always going to be tricky, because each and every country has different regulations. We’re not all capable of unravelling the medical jargon, and it can be difficult to gauge whether or not someone is fully qualified.
So what do you look for? Well, most other ‘surgery abroad’ guides will tell you to look for a GMC registered surgeon. Here at Secret Surgery however, we say think again.
Unfortunately, many surgeons abroad will use their GMC status as a marketing tactic, because they know it’s what UK patients look for when considering surgery. It basically means that the surgeon you’ve found is listed on the UK’s General Medical Council; it means he or she has completed a simple paper exercise. Your local GP is also registered with the GMC, but you’re not going to pop down and ask him or her for surgery any time soon for a boob job.
When looking for a surgeon, you need to know that they’re fully qualified in their country; that they’ve completed training according to their country’s legislation. The best way to check this is by looking to see if the surgeon conforms/adheres to standards laid out by the ESPRAS, or European Society of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. There are websites like this for every continent in the world, so simply find out what you should be looking for before you start talking to surgeons.
Lastly, ask yourself whether everything is as it should be. Do your research, and know your stuff: with knowledge on your side, you’ll find the right surgeon for you.
If the surgeon is willing to give you a tummy tuck and breast implants at the same time, you have to ask whether your safety is at the forefront of their mind. Unfortunately, people do cut corners. Make sure you have all the relevant blood tests taken at least a day before your surgery, and ensure your stay in hospital is sufficiently long enough for you to recover. Make sure the surgery is undertaken in hospital, and not a clinic: if anything was to happen whilst you were under anaesthetic, you’d want to be in the best possible place to be looked after properly.
Here at Secret Surgery, you can receive a virtual consultation to provide the answers and peace of mind you’re seeking. Simply send your pictures to Angela@SecretSurgery.co.uk and I’ll send them on to the surgeon so you can receive his or her expert opinion. We work with fully-registered practitioners with the Supreme Medical Council of Poland. Moreover, so you always feel safe and comfortable the procedure, you’ll be able to meet with them the day before your surgery. With the right surgeon in place, you can look forward to your procedure and to the enhanced quality of life you’ll be able to enjoy afterwards.
Make sure you read the next blog (Part 6) Things To Ask Yourself in the meantime remember pick the right surgeon for YOU!