On the 20th of February 2014, British Polish Chamber of Commerce Kraków/ BPCC Kraków organized at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London a Tourist Market Forum 2014.
The event aimed at drawing particular attention to medical tourism, an area in which one can observe huge potential and chance of development for Polish businessmen who offer services relating to it.
The forum enjoyed large attendance – the market reacted to the event in such a way that its concequence can only be another edition, which is planned for Autumn 2014. The next step taken by BPCC is inviting the British for Study Tours around Poland, in order to present them some of the most active entities remaining in partnership with the British Polish Chamber of Commerce. The participants of the Forum will surely take further steps to develop business contacts formed during the meeting.
The MEP stressed in his letter to BPCC Kraków, the Embassy of Poland in London and the participants of the Forum that:
“Poland has a tremendous opportunity and potential to become a global player in a tourism industry, especially in medical and sightseeing tourism which are the main focus on this conference”. We wish Polish businessmen to make use of this remarkable potential. What is more, Paweł Kowal stressed that he resolves to encourage all activities and initiatives taken up within the European Union’s tourism section policy.
Director of BPCC in Kraków Agnieszka Libura, Director of BPCC London Michael Clay and the first counsellor of the Departament of Industrial Policy and Promotion (WPHI) at the Embassy of Poland in London Leszek Banaszak, welcomed the participants in the beautiful interiors of the Embassy. The glamorous interiors pointed at the rank of the event, which was organized at the plea of the BPCC members and was settled as the meeting place in response.
During the lectures help by invited experts, the figures pointing at enormous potential of tourism area and medical tourism were confirmed. The speakers clearly stressed that Poland needs to use the opportunity created by the directive of the European Parliament and the Council 2011/24/UE from 9th of March 2011 becoming effective, concerning the application of patients’ rights in cross-border health care. The dinner created opportunity to take up talks on business cooperation between Polish and British participants. Both parties ware interested in maintaining a lasting relation, allowing for synergisting development of activities.
One of the elements of the programme was handing the “POLAND thanks you!” awards, which aim at honouring the activity of the British entities on behalf of Poland and its development in the tourism area. The awards were granted to: MD Angela Chouaib (Secret Surgery), who held remarkably interesting lectures on medical tourism, based on their own rich experience in that area.
We know that the Hungarians have made excellent use of the free flow of patients from other countries of the European Union. If they did this, we should follow their way and this fine example. Polish facilities offer services on remarkably high level, what was reflected in the speeches of the British lecturers.
In addition, our country can in fact offer anything a potential tourist could possibly want. The flow of the British tourists can lay foundation for business – its range is virtually unlimited. British Polish Chamber of Commerce is ready to help Polish businessmen to become beneficiaries of the activating endevours and those strenghtening the relations with the partners from the British Isles.
We believe that such chance should on no account remain unused, what was confirmed by every sentence of the experts speaking during the Forum. Awards/Sculptures were made by The Wieliczka Salt Mine.
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Two weeks ago I had my arm lift with Secret Surgery (the forth surgery with them) I trust and feel very comfortable with Angela , Dr Waclawowicz , Aga and Jack.
Everything is perfect with them ,from airport collecting me , to my operation and recovery. They treat me and look after me really well. Angela is the angel of secret surgery, she spoke every day with my children to update them with the operation.
I enjoy the time i spend in Poland, and i want to thank them all for this fantastic experience.
Mrs A, LONDON
Today I woke up to a wonderful email from a special lady that is in Poland at present. She had her procedure a week ago it said:
I can’t knock the service Secret Surgery has provided. I feel like a completely new person, and I mean that honestly! Angela you have made it so easy for me to do and I sincerely thank you for your help, guidance and support. I will defo be doing extra bits and you will b top of my contact list!
So the VIP weekend to Wroclaw was nothing more than a booze up with woman who were not intelligent enough to research the surgery/surgeons they were having?? …………. Well where on earth was i, as this is a total contrast to the weekend i attended!
I attended the trip as Angela thought it important for her aftercare nurses to see first hand the facilities at EMC and the standards of treatment that Secret Surgery patients expect to recieve. She invited us along and had planned a very regimented itinary in order to maximise the knowledge and experiences we would share with the polish team and recieve in return.
Our trip included a visit to the hospital, meeting patients who were more than happy for us to attend whilst they were reviewed, checked for pain levels and had their dressings renewed. One thing i thought when i saw the wound dressing change was how exceptional the emphasis on wound cleansing was compared to the standards i have seen in public practice.
I was impressed to see that instead of leaving dressings on for days on end, or not even having a dressing……..the wounds were managed on a daily basis. This is primarily the reason that EMC has a Zero infection rate. We discussed the use of wound swabs for MRSA etc, and was pleased to here that they also are very strict in poland and will not take chances with anyone that could potentially have an infection. They would rather postpone someones surgery than risk cross contamination from another source.
Safety first is very much the impression i was left with. The surgeon Dr W was very impressed that as UK nurses we were interested enough to give up our time to go along to meet him, his team and tour the facilities. It gave us an insight and a first hand look at how professional the packages are run. When you initially think of surgery abroad, you think of cut price must mean cut safety and cut care. The total opposite is true in the case of secret surgery. The lengths that Angela Chouhaib and her team go to maximise patient comfort and safety is nothing more than outstanding.
The patients are chauferred to the hospital daily for their dressing changes, in constant telephone contact for support mentally, as well as all the physical care. Dr W has very strict guidelines on how surgery is assessed. For example, if you went to him asking for ridicolously sized breasts for your frame, he would assess your whole body, and would not do something that would leave you looking like a freak of nature, despite the obvious financial reward. He also has protocols that mean no one will be able to access more than one major surgery in one hospital visit. It is these strict protocols…………safety and comfort over money, that mean the hospital currently has a zero mortality rate. How many institutions can boast that??
What the sun journalists failed to mention amongst many things was the lengths Secret surgery go to, in order to make the whole process as smooth as possible and as anxiety reducing as possible. As a bariatric patient myself having had both gastric bypass and lower body lift on the NHS in the UK, i know only too well how extremely stressful the whole process is. Not only stressful for the patient but for the loved ones aswell. Angela included a service that can cater for a companion to keep the patients company, and offers them just as much support mentally as the client recieves. This is again an example of the extra mile that secret surgery goes.
We enjoyed meals together in relaxing restuarants, not the drunken nights that the sun portrayed us to have. I mean for goodness sake, some people had just had major surgery……..they would hardly be up to drinking poland dry!! i enjoyed half a glassof wine on the last evening, and other than that drank coke and water, as did almost everyone else. We enjoyed a shopping trip to the Renoma shopping centre which was primarily led by Tracy who gave us valuable advice on how to dress our new found figures and how to look after the inner person that maybe is still struggling with the effects that obesity left. Sadly Jennifer the journalist showed little or no interest in talking to any of us about our journies.
We had so many stories ready to share, but she wandered around the shops looking at boots and jumpers for herself and took no notice of us all. It was very dissapointing on sunday evening when both jennifer and mike did not bother to attend the extensive traditional polish buffet that had been laid on at the very exclusive Pod Freda restuarant, rudely leaving Angela to pay the bill !!
This was the last opportunity for them to do the interviews that they were there to do, but sadly work took priority, or so we thought. Facebook pictures of site seeing at the time reflected how honest they were. Not only was the report in the sun, totally unfactual & unsubstantiated, it was also very insulting and demeaning. The people that were on that trip for surgery had done months and months of research, talking to surgical teams around the world, and asking millions of questions. Everyday they post in the facebook groups of both secret surgery and Weight loss surgery friends which have become a community themselves. The support that is given and recieved is unending and given with care and compassion.
There isnt a question that Angela does not answer!I agree there will be some people out there that probably spend 5 minutes and will choose the cheapest most convienient company and not even realise what they were getting into. Secret surgery clients however are nothing like that. They are simply not allowed to be for a start. Angela and the team ENSURE that their clients are well informed of ALL risks involved. They have infact turned people away that have had unrealistic expectations of surgery and the results. When Secret Surgery clients give consent for surgery, then it is 100% informed consent.
I am a trained nurse, i would under no circumstances risk losing my pin number for a company that i wasnt sure would be totally legally and ethically moral. I think the sun report tainted what was a very special weekend.
If you’ve never video-chatted, you really need to give it a try! Video-chatting is the latest thing with anyone who uses the net and spends a long time away from their loved ones. PC programmes like Skype, and smartphone apps like FaceTime all allow us to speak to our family and friends face-to-face over the internet – but what else are they doing?
A lot of experts are beginning to think that the rise in popularity of video-chatting is contributing to the hike in numbers of people undergoing facial cosmetic surgery, with a particular emphasis on Botox injections and skin fillers. Especially with high-definition technology emerging on many of these applications, it’s no surprise we’re feeling worried by our wrinkles!
Statistics that have been published by the American Society of Plastic Surgery also support this theory, indicating that the demand for ‘chin jobs’ has increased by 71% recently, while Botox remains an incredibly popular treatment. The specific rise in numbers of people undergoing treatments to the face – basically, anywhere that can be seen on a video-chat window – is somewhat telling.
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery Ltd., says that “It’s an interesting theory, and it’s one I hadn’t previously thought of. With social networking sites like Facebook making our photographs that much easier to scrutinise, it’s no surprise that video-chat is providing the final push. Of course, it’s not a bad thing – being able to see your loved ones looking more beautiful and confident than ever can never be a bad thing!”
Having a pectoral implant means undergoing a cosmetic surgery to change the appearance and the size of the pectoral muscles. These are the muscles in a male chest, which are impressive and good to look at.
Pectoral implants are solid, silicone prosthetic devices, which are specially carved and shaped for every individual who is having the implant done before insertion. After the implant, they should look and feel natural, yet give them the desired chest according to each individual body shape or defect. Bicep and triceps implants are the ones most commonly used to shape, enlarge and firm the upper chest and arm areas and if they are correctly inserted then they give a natural appearance of the chest and muscles in both the flexed and relaxed condition.
An incision is made in the armpit and a pocket is created in the fascia of the upper pectoral muscle. Once the implant pocket is created, a soft, solid silicone implant is sculpted to the exact size and most esthetic appearance.
Usually, this sculpting requires vast knowledge from having placed many pectoral implants before, to know specifically how the final implant will look after healing. Once sculpted, the silicone implant is inserted into the pocket and it is secured with a few small self-dissolving sutures. The external incision is closed, and a very small dressing is placed under the arms to promote rapid healing. The patient can typically see the change to the pectoral area immediately after surgery.
During the recovery period, the patient is instructed not to lift their arms after surgery. When the dressings are removed the patient is told to follow a gentle exercise program for the next few weeks to permit a full and comfortable range of motion of the arms. This allows the pec implants to settle into the fascia pockets that surround the muscle. Generally within a week or two, physical use of the upper body muscles may be resumed and within one month, full pectoral muscular activity may be recommenced.
PLEASE NOTE: This method may result in the appearance of stretch marks on the chest (tattoos can become distorted)
The Clinic & Surgeon:
He was graduated in the Medical University of Warsaw. He was the first doctor in Poland, received his doctorate in tissue immunology. Lecturer at over 60 plastic surgery, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery conferences on all over the world.
Founder of the Polish Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Group member of Europen Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (EACS). As the first in Poland introduced a method of syringe liposuction, laser CO, methods, and dermabrasion crystals Aquamid. His clinic is a multiple winner of the press rankings.
The Clinic is the oldest, employing the biggest number of plastic surgeons Clinic in Poland. Our experience is acknowledged by the ISO certificate but also by the fact that our clinic has been chosen by producer of Dutch make me Beauty program to conduct procedures for its Polish version.
“I’ve wanted a breast reduction for many years now, being a mother of four, but I never thought I’d see it happen. I used to hate the way I looked, and so I started searching for surgeries online, and this is how I found Secret Surgery.”
“I looked at pictures on the web, and then got in contact with Angela Chouaib, Secret Surgery’s MD. She was so helpful, and made me realise just how viable surgery with Secret Surgery would be. Angela put me through to the Secret Surgery Facebook group, where I could talk to other people in the same position as me.”
“Talking to past patients, I just knew I was making the right decision. As soon as I made up my mind and paid my deposit, I could sit back and just let Angela take over. I never regretted my decision – not for a moment.”
“Angela was great the whole way through. She talked me through every step, and I never felt pushed into things. All I had to do was turn up at the airport and fly to Wroclaw, where Aga was waiting. She was lovely, and explained everything to me.”
“I was also introduced to Dr. W, the surgeon who would be performing my breast reduction. I really felt like I was in safe hands with him, and I was right! The procedure was fantastic, as was the care I received after it.”
“I’d like to thank Angela from the bottom of my heart, for you have really helped me to make my dream a reality. I’m eternally grateful!”
It’s always lovely to hear genuinely moving stories like this one, and at Secret Surgery we’re just pleased to be able to make a difference. Thanks to Nuala, we’re able to offer first-hand patient stories which might just help more people to take the plunge and change their lives.