Cara recently came to Poland to undergo a tummy tuck with us. In this candid interview, she has told all about the ups and downs of her surgery. All in all, she definitely seems pleased, although her tale might ring true with anyone who worries about feeling lonely or scared during their stay.
How does your story start? I started looking at surgery long before I lost all my weight, I joined slimming world and went on to lose 9 stone, not being happy with the loose skin I visited the doctors only to be turned away, he also told me at this point that no amount of diet or exercise would ever get rid of that skin.
How did you hear of us? Six-ish months ago I came across Secret Surgery after someone told me about it, I thought I would go and have a nose around, but I never dreamt I would would ever be able to afford to get it done. That being said I contacted the company, sent them my pictures and got a quote – it was actually cheaper than I had ever imagined. I spoke with my husband and we soon decided to book in with the company for 5 months later, giving me time to save for the op.
And what happened in February? On Feb 3rd 2013 we headed for Bristol where hubby and I spent the night for our anniversary before heading to the airport the next day early. I checked in and the hubby and I went and got a bite to eat and a drink… I was so scared – I have never flown before! Left hubby and went through all the security checks, I was frisked when I went through but hey I guess it’s all part of the experience. It was soon time to board the plane, I arrived in Wroclaw, Poland 15 mins early, collected my luggage and went outside where I was met by the taxi driver Jack – he is such a lovely man.
Where did Jack take you? I was taken straight to the hospital where I was met by Aga, I filled out all the forms and then I met Dr W for the first time for a consultation and he asked me what I wanted done and what my expectations were. I said that I wanted to lose the flap of skin and gain a belly button and then I would be over the moon. I also had an ECG during this time which they told me they wanted to repeat later as apparently I was tacky cardic, I was extremely nervous though, I have never felt so scared in my life.
Did you feel better later? I was shown to my room where I got the chance to relax and calm down, later that day another lady joined my room she was Polish but lives in Germany but spoke English so we got chatting, I guess this kind of made me take my mind off the op, later that evening they came and took blood from us both and gave us an injection to prevent blood clots etc… I was also taken by a nurse for my 2nd ECG which I never did hear the results of. I was told my op wouldn’t be till lunchtime the next day. And that I was to go nil by mouth from midnight.
What happened on the day of the op? The next day I got up had a shower in the special soap they give you and donned the very fetching gown, the nurses came in soon after came in to insert an I.V. in my hand – ouch – I was actually very shocked that they got the I.V. in my hand as nobody usually manages to and I usually end up with it in my arm. I then had a long relaxing wait till my op. While waiting I got a visit from the lovely Carol, another Secret Surgery lady, while she was there I was given my pre-meds. At around 2pm I was taken to theatre… And the next thing I knew I had woken in recovery, the doctor came to see me and informed me that I had a nice new flat stomach – I was so pleased!
And after the op? The next day I was taken back to the room and I met my new stomach for the first time, I was all smiles! Thursday, my drains were removed and I was discharged back to the apartment where all my shopping had been delivered too.
It sounds like you enjoyed your time here? I was so glad I went over when two others ladies had gone over and that we were put in touch, as I went over on my own and I think maybe I would have felt a little lost in translation. I went home on the Monday after a final dressings change at the hospital. I had had my stitches removed back home here on Wednesday, the lady kept saying to me tell me if I hurt you, with a numb stomach I couldn’t feel a thing lol.
Would you go again? All in all I had an amazing experience. Would I do it again? Maybe, but not on my own.
When you’re in your consultation about cosmetic surgery, it’s important to know what questions to ask – this is your chance to find out everything you can about the clinic you’re consulting with, and make sure they’re the right fit for you. We’ve already covered questions about surgeons, track records and worst case scenarios – but what about the money?
You want the best quality surgery that you can get, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to get good value, too. Making sure that there aren’t any hidden costs or extra payments to be made is absolutely crucial when booking surgery. Here’s a list of our key questions to ask about pricing and payments during your surgery consultation.
What is the total cost of surgery? Including checks, aftercare, drugs, nursing and accommodation?
What must I pay upfront?
What isn’t included in the final price?
If something goes wrong after I go home, and I need further treatment, who pays for this?
Which payment methods do you accept?
All of these really are crucial questions to ask before saying ‘yes’ to a particular clinic or surgery. Most clinics will try to make the costs of your surgery obvious up-front, but it’s always good to check. When you ask questions like these in a consultation, there really is no way for a clinic to mislead you about costs. Just as my mum always said – ‘It’s better to be safe than sorry’!
Over the past few weeks we’ve been giving our readers an inside look at the people who make Secret Surgery such a success – our staff! At the end of the day, it’s thanks to them that we have so many happy patients – so why not give them a bit of the spotlight for a while? Today, Hanna Gregorowicz, our Patient Administrator in Wroclaw, is here to share her surgery secrets with us!
What is the biggest challenge in your job? “Helping patients as much as I can, to make them feel safe and comfortable.”
What’s the best part of your job? “Meeting new people everyday, and speaking in English everyday.”
What is your favourite procedure to work with? “My favourite procedure is the tummy tuck, because the final effect is always so visible!”
If you hadn’t become a Patient Administrator, what would you be doing now? “I’d be a stylist or a make-up artist; I really love fashion and modern trends!”
If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you go for? “Definitely lipo! A little here, a little there… oh, where to stop!”
And what do you do to relax in your free time? “I love playing with my cats, reading books, and, most of all, when I get the chance I like to go Nordic walking!”
It’s awards season at the moment, and the Grammy awards are like the Oscars for musicians – which means it’s a top priority for beautiful stars like Beyonce to be looking their best on the red carpet.
Speculators have been wondering whether the singer indulged in a nose job before the awards ceremony. Beyonce’s always been a good looker, but her nose has been looking ultra fine and sculpted in these past few weeks – the biggest question in most people’s minds seems to be not if she has had a rhinoplasty, but when.
Some doctors have even suggested that, over the years, Beyonce has had not one nose job, but three! Whether she has or not, we definitely think she’s one of the most elegant and beautiful musicians working in the business today – and we still look up to her as an inspiration to every ‘independent woman’ in the world!
Today, Rachel from Wolverhampton is here to tell us about the rollercoaster ride she’s gone through in losing ten stone and finding herself again after many years! How did her experience with Secret Surgery go, and – will she be coming back?
Tell us how it all started? At a fraction under 22 stone and only 35 years old, I was miserable. I had two herniated discs in my spine, I could barely stand… even walking around the supermarket was just too painful. It wasn’t a life – I had to do something about it, so in April 2011, I had a Gastric Bypass, and it was the start of my new life.
And then what happened? Fast forward 18 months, I’m 10 stone lighter, much healthier, but stuck in what can only be described as a deflated, wrinkly old fat suit. I still felt ugly, and ashamed, and I knew what needed to be done, so I started looking for surgeons on the internet… this is where I found Angela and Secret Surgery.
Great – did you find our Facebook group? I joined the Facebook group, which I have to say, is one of the best things ever. I had the chance to talk to other ladies, and even some men who had the procedures I was interested in. I looked at the amazing results they were getting and I knew it was the right decision to make, so I sent my photos, explained what I wanted to be done, got my report back, and booked. From start to finish it was all so easy, not having to worry about a single thing, other than getting to the airport on time. Everything is done for you – flights, accommodation, transfers… the most stressful thing is working out what to pack!
And you liked the staff, didn’t you? Jack, the lovely taxi driver, is great, and so helpful. The beautiful Aga can’t do enough to help, and Dr W is a genius also, very funny and approachable, which is something you don’t get with a lot of surgeons!
But what of the hospital? The hospital is lovely, small enough that you don’t feel lost, and very very clean. The only thing I will do differently is bring my own food to the hospital next time – they don’t seem to understand breakfast, and I for one can’t do bread, cheese and tomato first thing in the morning!
And the accommodation? The apartments are lovely, light airy, and comfortable, close to the town, and ideal for Tesco, which is just a 10 minute walk up the road, great for some light exercise after surgery.
Fantastic! Any final comments? My results are amazing and I couldn’t be happier. I am happy and more confident, something which I haven’t been in years, and it has given me the boost I need to have further surgeries to fix the problems associated with huge weight loss. I really cannot recommend Secret Surgery enough, I tell everyone who will listen…I cannot wait to head back in March for my next two procedures!
You might remember that we recently had Sara Bouamra – a Weight Loss Life Coach – in to tell us all about her job, and why it’s so important for people to get the support and coaching they need. Well, today, she’s here to tell us about the goals and benefits of weight loss coaching. You might think it’s easy without a coach – and for some people, it may well be – but for most of us, that little bit of extra support can go a long way.
Want to know what Sara considers to be the best bits of her work for you? Here they are:
- Better self care and stress management
- Develop an action plan to lose weight and get fit!
- Reconnect with your feelings, body, hopes, and dreams
- Develop a healthier relationship with food, as well as life itself
- Learn self-forgiveness and loving- kindness
- Eliminate black and white thinking, perfectionism, and other thinking distortions
- Release self defeating patterns around food and weight
- Develop a deeper connection to your inner wisdom
- Improved body image
- Awaken to your real life
- Recover your joy!
- Learn to let go of the past and forgive!
If any of these things sound like something you need help in achieving, then don’t hesitate to contact us or Sara – because she is there to help!
Marie is another one of our gorgeous Patient Care Managers, which means that she’s in charge of our patients once they fly back to the UK! As part of our ‘Under the Skin’ series, we’ve been asking all of our top staff to let us into their world for a little while…
What’s the biggest challenge in your job? “It might surprise you to hear me say this, but… probably myself! When dealing with the public, you are constantly learning about yourself!”
What’s the best part of your job? “I haven’t got a favourite – I joined Secret Surgery after being a patient myself, and I feel passionately about the support and good work that the company does. I enjoy every aspect of it!”
If you hadn’t become a Patient Care Manager, what do you think you would have been? “I’ve no idea! Whatever it would have been, it probably would still have been people-related, though. I love that aspect of my job.”
If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you get done? “I think I’d like a breast lift, if you’re offering!”
What do you do to relax after a long day? “I would usually exercise or read a book… often both!”