I looked into having this procedure with clinics in the UK and abroad for quite sometime before making my final decision. They were all very different in prices yet all had good reviews and if i was to go with any in the UK then it would have been Riverbanks. Dr Ravi Jain was a very pleasant man who did not push me into anything and explained the procedure throughly.
I had seen Johnc212 review on here and also other reviews on another site regarding Dr Mekle in Poland. Johnc212 review was excellent and i communicated with him on numerous occasions before making my decision to go to Poland.
I emailed the clinic and got a prompt reply from Natasza. I have to say that i think i bombard her with questions and she always replied promptly. To date i think i have sent around 40 emails. She explained everything to me and asked me what i wanted and would i send in photos of myself. Again Natasza replied and stated that Dr Mekle and initally qualified me for Vaser Hi Def and told me the price straight away. I had my Upper and Lower Abs done, flanks & chest at a cost of £3500GBP.
We spoke about flights and hotels which Natasza would have sorted them all out for me but i was to impaient and did it the night i sent in my deposit which was around £415GBP. The next day i had confirmation of my booking and my program for what was to happen during my stay in Poland. I booked my flights into Katawice from London Stansted it cost me £55 return and booked into the Bazantowo Sport Hotel. This hotel was recommend by Natasza as its about 10mins transfer to the clinic so its easy if Dr Mekle needs to visit. This hotel is relatively new has great facilities and food. There is a local supermarket within walking distance with a cash machine. I would defiantly recommend this hotel i booked it through Booking.com which states this as a 3 star hotel but i think it more a 4 its stunning
(load a memory stick with movies etc as all rooms have smart tvs with usb input as there is only a very limited number of english channels).
I arrived into Katawice on 11th march 2014 and was picked up by Peter as was stated by Natasza and was taken to get my bloods done in a local hospital ( i was in and out in about 10 minutes). You can get these done in the Uk but it so easy to get them done in Poland. Peter then took my wife and I to the hotel.
Day Of Procedure:
We were collected by Gregg and taken to the clinic were I filled out a couple of forms (usual as in the uk before surgery ) and waited for Dr Mekle. This was the first time i had spoken to him he is such a softly spoken man and he took me into the next room and talked me through everything that was to happen. I then went to pay the balance of the money for the procedure.
On my return i got undressed and Dr Mekle drew on my torso the areas where he was going to sculpt. At this point i will say leave all your inhibitions that you may have at home the girls have seen it all and are not phased by how silly you look in your gowns etc. Dr Mekle took photos and again examined me before leaving me with one of the nurses my apologies for not remembering their names. A nurse came in and gave me a Pre-Med and got me to lay on the table and another nurse entered and inserted a needle into my hand for the surgery. I then went into the next room where the procedure was to take place there was 3 nurses that i recall. I had my weight taken (89.5kg) and Iodine rubbed all over me, they then asked if i needed the toilet I didn't but went anyway lol guess I was just thinking things over in my mind. I returned to the theatre and laid on the bed with my arms stretched out and was asked was i ok and thats the last thing i remember.
Post Op :
The next thing I remember I was being brought round and I recall the compression garment being put on me but its a vague recollection as i went straight back to sleep. They then moved me into the next room which had two beds. I don't recall much after that but i do remember saying to my wife that i wanted to go home lol. I slept on and off for a few hours finally coming around fully i guess about 4pm ish when I was allowed to drink some water. I think I drank to much to quickly as I was sick a little not long after you need to just take a few sips at a time. After I had been sick however I did feel a lot better and the nurse brought me a cup of tea to see if i was able to keep it down then an hour later i was brought some fruit and a Yogurt. Dr Mekle came in to see me and told me it all went well and he was pleased with the result. I was in no pain at all my body felt tight but is was in no way uncomfortable. I had a intrervienus drip in my arm putting liquids into me. I didn't asked what they were but i guess they were pain killers. My wife told me that Dr Mekle had spoke to her while i was being brought round and they had removed 4litres of fat from me which he later confirmed ( she also said he looked like he had ran a marathon as he was covered in sweat lol). During the rest of the day i just watched programs on my laptop and was brought in food by the nurse. Dr Mekle came in to see me before he left for the evening to make sure i was ok. He took my wife back to the hotel which he didn't have to which i thought was a very nice gesture. I eventually fell asleep around 3am and woke again at 5.30am when the nurse came in and helped me to the toilet. During the night i just had a bed bottle to pee in which i was thankful for but in the morning she wanted to get me up and out of bed. I sat up slowly with help, now this is a strange feeling because its like you think your sides are going to rip open. Once up i sat and was asked was i ok no dizziness then i got to my feet and walked to the toilet its then you see the blood running down your legs etc (sorry to be graphic at this point) but i knew it was to be expected. The nurse came in and told me not to worry and got me back to the bed and i laid down and had all my bandages removed and was cleaned down all over again leave your inhibitions at home.
I was bandaged back up and my compression garment put on with a foam insert in the front and brought breakfast. Again i had no pain and was connected to no drips all night and was given antibiotics shots but thats all.
One Day Post Op:
Around 8am Dr Mekle came in asked was i ok which i was, he asked did i have any pain which i didn't, he took a look at my drains and then went out the room and came back with some cream for me to massage onto the treated areas. He then went through what I needed to do once I got back home. He gave me some bandages and pain killers for me to take with me then i was discharged. I got dressed with the aid of the nurses and was took to reception where Gregg took me back to my hotel. I spent the rest of the day laid in bed just getting up to go to the toilet. I took two painkillers all day and to be honest i didn't really need to because i wasn't in any real pain its just more of a discomfort than anything when you move. I slept around 6 hours that night not moving from the position i was in which was on my back. Just a word of warning to you men don't be alarmed when you see your genitals the day after the op it will be very black and swollen this is perfectly normal lol.
Two Day Post Op:
Gregg picked me up at 10:45 and took me back to the clinic. This was the part i was not looking forward to the drains being removed. I had 5 drains two above the groin area one at my bell button and two at either side of my flanks ( love handles) I also i about 7 incisions with small stitches, two behind my flanks one under each nipple and 3 down the middle of my chest. I didn't ask what they were for its my guess during the surgery Dr Mekle used very small cannulas to remove pockets of fat. The drains were removed without any problems but the stitches remain for about 7 days from the day of the op and I can just remove them at home. Dr then checked me over and got me on my feet for the first time to look at myself with no bandages and all I can say is wow he did an amazing job. He took pictures and i was then sent for my first manual lymphatic drain massage (MLD). This was fine again no pain mild discomfort at times nothing more. Just some advice make sure you have lose fitting underwear nothing with tight elastic and also some sweat pants you do not want to be wearing anything tight around your waste.
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