Tracey, from Lincolnshire, is a beautiful young lady who is here today to tell us all about her unique experience with Secret Surgery. She’s got a story and a half for us, so anyone considering surgery should read on!
Take us through your experience from the beginning. “My experience with Secret Surgery was second to none. Aga fetched me from the airport and took me straight to the hospital where I had a full medical check-up before anything. Dr W. was honest and tells you the worst case and best case result with Aga translating for you.”
Sounds good – seems like you were impressed! “Needless to say I was put at ease immediately and my operation went ahead as planned.”
Did the operation go well? “Well, I am a very impatient person, so I wanted pictures taken before they wanted to show me. There was a lot of swelling, so when I first saw them I was shocked and a little upset. Saying that, the day after the swelling had gone down slightly, and I was happier.”
Ah, good! You left feeling pleased? “Before I left for home I was ecstatic at the difference that having the apron gone had made. It’s still swollen and I am trying not to do too much, as well as keeping in touch with all the lovely people I met while I was out there! We laughed until we cried, and shared some lovely times – I wouldn’t hesitate in going out for more procedures in the future. The city itself was very beautiful, with all the architecture of yesteryear!”
For a long time now, there’s been an important gap in the Secret Surgery structure… we’ve not been in Ireland! But we don’t want all the Irish gals and guys to miss out, so we’re happy to announce that this Easter, Secret Surgery will be launching in Belfast!
That’s not all, though – if you’ve been dying to meet us and ask all those questions you’ve got – now’s your chance! To celebrate the launch, we’ll be partying at the Dukes at Queens Hotel on the 30th March 2013 between 11am and 2pm. OK, OK – so it’s hardly going to be a riotous party at midday – but we ladies know how to have fun!
It’s totally free and informal, so why not just come along and join us for a chat? You can pop in whenever you like and ask us anything you’ve been curious about – there’ll also be coffee and refreshments – so what’s not to like? You can find the hotel at 65 University Street, and we’ll be there for the full three hours – so come and meet us!
Angela Chouaib, Secret Surgery’s founder and MD, will be there, as well as Patricia, a Patient Care Manager. “This kind of informal meet-up is what Secret Surgery is all about,” Angela has said. “We’re a a company created by patients, for patients. Patricia and I have walked a mile in our patients’ shoes and considered surgery abroad ourselves; we’ve both had weight loss surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery, so we empathise completely!”
The new set-up in Belfast will mean that our Irish patients will find getting the right aftercare even easier – and aftercare is one of the most important parts of surgery! Feeling supported and safe can’t be emphasised enough, and we hope that our new Belfast clinic will welcome a whole host of new members to the Secret Surgery family.
So – even if you just want to pop in and say hello – we always love to meet our readers! We’re looking forward to it, and we can’t think of a better way to launch Secret Surgery Ireland. See you there!
As part of our series offering you an inside look at the team behind Secret Surgery, today we’ve got the lovely Sara Bouamra here to answer a few questions and show us what she’s really like! Sara is a Patient Care Manager for Secret Surgery in Manchester.
What’s the biggest challenge in your job as Patient Care Manager? “My biggest challenge is making contact – so many people give bogus phone numbers, and never answer the emails. We can only help if people give the correct details.”
What’s the best part of your job? “The best part of my job is watching the transformation of my clients, seeing them gain confidence, rebuild their lives is reward enough for me.”
Do you have a favourite procedure? “I love my weight loss clients and the plastics that come after to rebuild their bodies .. having struggled with weight myself for 30+yrs I totally understand where they have come from and support them 100% in every step of their journey.”
If you hadn’t become a patient care manager, what do you think you would have been? “If I wasn’t a Patient Care Manager now for Secret Surgery I would be working with the unemployed helping them back to work through gaining workskills qualifications as part of my coaching and mentoring role as an ADI.”
If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you get done? “Personally I would love to have my lower legs reshaped – I would give anything to have ankles instead of the dreaded “cankles” – I could be tempted to a Tummy Tuck also after seeing in person the fantastic results and how fast the healing process is.”
What do you do to relax after a long day? “If I’m out on the road visiting clients on my way home I love to go to the gym, work-out for an hour, then spend another hour relaxing in the jacuzzi, saunas and steam room before heading home – this enables me to switch off from being a life coach, clearing the internal chatter going round my head left over from my clients and become “mum” again. If I’ve been working at home, a hot luxurious oil infused bath with candles, a romantic meal and an early night!”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt seem to have been engaged for absolutely ages already – and most people are thinking that the couple will be planning their wedding for this summer. That leaves Angie with plenty of time to enjoy a plastic surgery makeover before her big day; the 37-year-old star has been rumoured to have enjoyed a little nip and a tuck many times before; it’s difficult to imagine her honey-smooth skin being kept in such good condition any other way!
The National Enquirer has suggested that Jolie might be about to undergo a ‘head to toe overhaul’ costing around $45,000 – whew! We could probably do it a lot cheaper for her over here! We don’t think Angelina needs cosmetic surgery, but no-one can begrudge the beautiful bride-to-be for wanting to look her best on the biggest day of her life – so we hope it goes smashingly.
We’ll all have to keep our eyes peeled for pics of Angie looking hotter than ever this summer – hopefully, her stunning new looks might have a good effect on the weather!
When preparing for surgery, you’ll probably do a little of shopping around to make sure you find the right surgeon and clinic for you. The best way to do this is to GRILL your consultant on everything you can think of – don’t let any questions go unanswered. You don’t need to feel shy about asking questions – that’s what consultants are there for!
We get plenty of patients who don’t seem to know which questions to ask – so we’ve prepared a list of questions that you should make sure to ask, and today’s list are all about your surgeon! That’s the guy or gal that will actually be performing your operation, so it’s totally important for you to have full confidence in the surgeon you choose. Get a pen and paper ready…
Can you provide me with details about my surgeon’s background and previous experience?
What qualifications does she/he have?
Where and when did she/he train?
How fluent in English is my surgeon?
Has my surgeon published any papers on cosmetic surgery in respected medical journals?
Will I receive a report on my surgery in my own language?
Is my surgeon a member of any plastic surgery associations?
If you manage to ask all of those questions during your consultation, then you’re doing well! If you find yourself dissatisfied with any of the answers, then just remember: you can always look elsewhere. Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog on questions you should ask about your clinic’s track record and previous history!
We’ve got another exclusive patient story today, this time coming from gorgeous Helen! A lovely lady, Helen is here to tell us about her experience with Secret Surgery, having returned home to the UK post-surgery in December.
What did you get done? “I had a breast lift and also my nose was reshaped.”
And what do you think of the results? “I have to say, I couldn’t be happier with the results – the mirror is now my best friend!”
Did you feel good about the hospital when you arrived? “I knew I was in safe hands with Dr. Waclowowicz, who made sure he understood exactly what results I wanted to achieve, and actually surpassed my expectations with my nose.”
And was the level of support you received good? “The help and advice I received from Secret Surgery before and after my procedures has been second to none, making the whole experience, from my initial booking to arriving back in Liverpool, so easy and stress-free!”
Bariatric surgery – also called weight loss surgery – isn’t as easy as it’s always made out to be. It’s not an ‘easy’ route to weight loss; it’s actually very tough, and it comes with a whole loads of risks. If you’re not fully aware of what you’re risking by undergoing bariatric surgery, then you really shouldn’t be doing it.
These complications can occur in just about any bariatric surgery – we can’t second-guess whether it will or won’t happen, and it’s nothing to do with sloppy surgery; sometimes, things just don’t turn out the way we hope. This isn’t supposed to put you off surgery, but we do want all of our patients to be fully aware of the risks they’re accepting when they choose a procedure.
Risks and complications of bariatric surgery include:
- Death – not to start you off on a downer…
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Gastrointestinal Tract Leak
- Conversion to Open Procedure
- Bowel Obstruction
- Low Blood Sugars (Hypoglycemia)
- Kidney Problems
There are many more, some of which are associated with the problems your body might have when it starts taking in much less food after surgery than it did before. Some of these risks – like infections – come with just about every surgery under the sun, and some are specific to bariatric surgery.
This isn’t to say that the surgery is dangerous; if that were the case, it wouldn’t be approved! Most people come out of bariatric surgery absolutely fine, with a bright new future ahead of them. However, it’s a big, life-changing surgery – and we’d be lying if we didn’t tell you the risks.