Hi Def Vaser to Abs and Flanks - Dr Mekle - Katowice, Poland
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I work out around 4 times a week, eat very well and yet have never been able to achieve a lean torso.
I have always stored a reasonable amount of fat around my hips and even when I have got my body weight and bodyfat % low my fat on the hips have always detracted from my overall look.
This website has been my main source of information for the op, the expectations and recovery.
Johnc212 has been an amazing help to me throughout the full process from pre-op to now while I am in recovery.
Johns review on here is well worth a read and will no doubt touch on much of the information which is missed from my review – if anyone has any questions please let me know and I will answer as quickly and as well as I can.
Monday 28th October
Arrived at Krakow airport to be picked up by Peter, got taken to the hospital for bloods and then taken to the Best Western in Katowice – I was booked in from the Monday and checked out on the Thursday morning – total cost was £95.
The hotel is really nice but a bit in the middle of nowhere, not that this is much of an issue, the food in the hotel is great and the free WiFi is absolutely essential.
Had a bit of a panic on the first day when I realised that I had not brought my converter for the charger on the first day!!
I had my nexus with a few tv series loaded on, I think had the reception not leant me a charger I would have went stir crazy.
Tuesday 29th October
The day of my procedure I was picked up at 7.30am by Greg just outside the hotel and taken to the clinic for my consultation and operation – as others have commented the building looks a little old and tired however inside it is modern and spotlessly clean.
Once I arrived I signed my disclaimer and paid the remainder of my procedure £2,700 for upper, lower abs and flanks (hips).
I was then taken through by the nurse and asked to change into my gown for the op – trust me leave your dignity at the door, you are in Poland after all and unlikely to ever meet anyone of these ppl ever again, the operation attire does not leave much to the imagination.
Afterwards I had my pre-med quick check of my weight, general health, smoker non smoker.
Dr Mekle then arrived to discuss my expectations, the recovery process, the requirement for lymphatic massages post op, the time frame for wearing the garment (24hrs a day 7 days a week for one month….with the foam insert)
Dr Mekle comes across very well, his English is a little broken but he is clearly very knowledgeable about the procedure and has the experience to justify this. I took along some pictures to demonstrate the sort of look I was hoping to achieve through the Op and I believe this was taken on board by the good Dr.
The Op takes around 3hrs and after being taken into the theatre I can only remember waking up in the bed and feeling a little groggy – but generally feeling not too bad!
The time in the clinic post op is a bit of an experience I must have went to the toilet upwards of 15 times, each time the nurse had to assist.
I was on a drip to get my fluids back up and went through endless cups of green tea and water.
As mentioned in other reviews, the first trip to the toilet is pretty horrific, you are essentially bound in your garment with the adult nappy on bottom, when I went to urinate there was blood everywhere, the floor and toilet were covered including my legs, I had to get cleaned up and the nappy changed!! For those for the faint hearted it may be worthwhile getting accompanied into the toilet with the nurse!
Dr Alec and Bertha took care of me through the night, the pain was bearable, the continual getting in and out of bed for the toilet was perhaps the worst part of the night.
1 Day and 7 Day post op update
The morning after my op I had my drains removed; Dr Alec removed them for me and stitched me up. It was pretty painful, but I think the sight of the drains coming out of your body was the worst part, I did feel a touch light headed after but some breakfast and tea sorted me out.
I was checked out the clinic and returned to my hotel about 11am, conked out for a bit and spent the remainder of the day in my room surviving on the room service (the food was great!).
The Wednesday was definitely the toughest day of my recovery, I felt pretty stiff, tired and sore, there was also the paranoia that in some way your movement is going to damage your abs or open up the stitches.
Tuesday 5th November (7 Day post Op)
Mobility has got better every single day since my op, trust me getting up off the couch and out of the bed are a bit of a challenge but it does ease day by day.
I had my first lymphatic massage tonight and was delighted with the results.
I can now see separation in my abs when I tense, before my full abdominal wall felt like one solid slab of muscle, scar tissue, fluid. However the first massage has moved some of the fluid and improved my results.
I have been taking arnica 4 times daily since my op, my bruising really is not too bad, I would recommend you start the arnica 5 days pre op for the best results.
Two week Post Op Update
The recovery is going well although having come back to work ( I have a desk job) the swelling on my abs and flanks has increased quite a bit.
I can actually feel the swelling increase as the day goes on as the compression garment gets tighter.
I have had 3 Lymphatic massages to date and have found they have really helped with the scar tissue and moving the fluid. Hoping to have a further 15-18 massages before Christmas, but I will take it as it comes in terms of recovery.
I have a seroma which has formed on the left side of my abs, I have had 2 seperate Doctors look at it and my masseuse, all of which have said it will pass naturally and it is not anything to worry about.
Some of my defintion has disapeared and my abs at times have taken on a unnatural looking bulge, but much of this is in line with others experience and my surgeons expectations of my recovery.
First thing in the morning and after my massages the abs look good, the flanks are pretty numb and I am also starting to see signs of the mystical V shape at my hips which is good!
I am massaging twice daily (first thing in the morning & last thing at night) although only once myself on the days I have Lymphatic massages.
Further to that I am applying bio oil twice daily to help the reduction of the scars. The scars are healing nicely, the largest scars are the three areas where I had drains, just above my belly button and two in the pubic region. I am not too worried about these though as they have healed well and my body hair will disguise them, not that I think they would be very noticeable anyway. I am a little concerned about the two scars on my hips as these do indent a little which draws the eye, but it is very early days yet so I will see how that develops.
Lastly, I am taking arnica 4 times daily to help with the bruising which is fading nicely.
I don't think I can fully appreciate how my results look at the moment as the compression garment does leave some marks on your body etc, it all mixes in with the bruising and takes away from the look a bit.....still only 2 weeks until I can reduce the garment wearing till 12 hrs a day!!
Any questions please feel free to comment, hope this helps!
Two week progress pic
4 week progress pics
8 week progress pics
12 week progress pics
I definetely still have some swelling on the left side, I think you can see there is alot more definition on the right! Hopefully it fades though as they do say 6months till final results so technically I am only half way through my recovery!