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UK Tummy Tucker - Surgery - Poland

Well Ladies, I have read all your facinating...

Well Ladies, I have read all your facinating stories, your befores and afters, your highs and lows & now it's time for my journey to begin. You have all provided me with so much help & information & I thank you all.

I have wanted a tummy tuck for as long as I can remember, - I have 3 children, the eldest being 20 & my youngest is 9. They were not big babies but I had an early menopause after donating my eggs & the weight in my tummy area has been sooooo hard to shift ever since being on the horrid HRT.

I can dedicate myself to a healthy lifestyle and the the gym yet the blob around my middle refuses to go. So here I am, funds in place, flights & hotel booked and I am ready to go! I decided to go to Poland because all the clinics in the North West were so slack in following up my initial enquiries, I got very little information from the few who did bother to call or email me back & those that did just did nothing to encourage my interest.

I rang the London based phone number for the clinic in Poland & have not looked back since. Nothing has been too much trouble & every question has been answered. I have avidly been following other ladies on this site who have also been to the same clinic & it seems that they have had faultless experiences & terrific results.

I am getting a little anxious now, it is less than 2 weeks away & I just wish it was over with! I am trying to be healthy & eat well, I have been trying extra hard at the gym but I think I am just going to calm it down & patiently wait!!

Hey Ladies....!!! I am going to post a full update...

Hey Ladies....!!! I am going to post a full update shortly, I now know I have a low pain threshold and can't sit for long, so, I will be back soon!! Here are some pic's to keep you going! xx

One week post op. I hope you like the pic's, Adam...

One week post op. I hope you like the pic's, Adam took one kilo of fat & 1lt of lipo fat. Yuk! I can't believe it is all over, it has been a really emotional week. I had no idea what was really instore for me. There are lots of things that I hadn't really thought of re; the pain thing. When you leave the clinic they give you 3 pain killers to be taken 8 hrs apart. I will remember the name of them & add it later, but it was basically a strong Nurofen, along the lines of Diclofenac. It was, in my opinion no way strong enough. Not only do you have the pain from the surgery, which was minimal to be fair, but the pain from the lipo & muscle repair was very bad. On top of that you have the pain from the drains,- I did not realise that they were my biggest pain (!) until they were removed on my last day in Poland. What a relief. They were sharp and catching every time I moved, horrid things. Then you have the back pain from walking hunched and only being able to sleep in one position. I am still walking slightly hunched over but getting better day by day. I also suffered with bad constipation, I have never before been bunged up, & did take Movicol the day before the op- I had read that a lot of ladies suffered post op & I took precautions, but boy oh boy, I should have started a week before! And of course on top of all this you have the lovely binder to wear, 24/7 for min of 4 weeks. I have had my binder off for a max of 15 mins when I had my first shower, & to be honest I am very reluctant to go without it at all now. It's an absolute pain in the arse, it is so tight you can barely breath & it does nip & pinch sometimes if you don't get it lined up right, but the support that it provides is invaluable. A tip for you ladies-when you get to Poland, go & buy a 2nd or 3rd binder from the chemist. Adam doesn't stock them & they are very expensive here in the UK. They cost 45.00 Zl, about a tenner, but we had to get the chemist to order them in for me as they only had xl or xxl in stock. Adams binder was a size M & the one I bought was almost identical. There is a Superdrug type shop in the Magnolia Park shopping centre just across the car park from the Clinic & they ordered 2 for me, to arrive on the day of our flight home.When we went to collect them, ( the Poles call it a 'Belt') the order hadn't arrived & we then had a frantic dash to the Marker Square on a hunt for another chemist, (thankyou Teddy- we did find it eventually xx) They only had one in stock & I could have kissed the bemused Pharmacist! You also need to stock up on gauze squares or dressings,- Adam checks the wound daily & it is re-dressed, sprayed with some very cold spray & clean gauze squares applied before re-wrapping you back in your binder. I had some dressings at home but today I have only managed to get to Asda pharmacy & buy a box of gauze. A little bit of info that will help your prep. I feel like this has been one long moan, but I wanted to write frankly & truthfully about MY experience. I feel I have not been as strong, emotionally or physically as the two prevous ladies & I was surprised that I wasn't out shopping the next day, I did have a lot of pain & I cried like a baby most days. I think the build up was massive, I was hooked to this site & I ate, slept & breathed tummy tuck. Today I can see the light, I haven't been governed by the clock & my meds, in fact I am late with them tonight & only now beginning to feel a little sharpness. I still wake every 3 hrs throughout the night mainly because I'm stuck on my back,- one last tip for tonight,- you will need extra pillows to go under your knees, there are 2 large Tescos in the area & they sell cheap pillows, but don't wait until after your op, go get them asap. I am sure you will need them! I will write some more tomorrow, I hope I haven't come across too negative, - I think if you have all the facts you can cope so much better. Prepare yourself, get to the gym and work on your back, arms & legs, brace yourself for a rough couple of days & then you can join me with the next stage, more waiting... I look like a keg of beer, I have no shape at all, i'm shapeless from bust to hips. I know it could be a while before I see some definition but for now I am proud to say that I do in fact have a flat tummy!!! Sweet dreams and happy healing. xxx

10 day post op. Good afternoon ladies! I'm...

10 day post op. Good afternoon ladies! I'm continuing to improve, today I have been to the hairdressers & taken Horrid Henry to the dentist,- both trips required me to drive so I gave it a go and I can say it all went well with no problems. Getting in and out is still slow and careful but the actual driving part was fine. I am able to walk a little taller and sit a little longer, I am only taking paracetamol and ibuprofen first thing and last thing. Sleeping is still a little awkward and still I am on my back with a couple of pillows under my knees as the pull and tightness is still very strong.I still tend to have a little nap in the afternoon and have surprised myself in how much I can sleep! It is my upper ab's area that is the most uncomfortable, it is very tight and restricting. But no pain as such. I do however have a whiffy sticky odd looking belly button and the mid point on my incision looks less than healthy. Adam did warn me that it was likely to open up and then heal as a thicker scar which he would fix free of charge after 6 months. He said it would become 'necrotic', - I didn't really grasp what he meant at the time but my other half said that it was a poor oxygen supplied area and there hadn't been a great deal of skin to re-attach, maybe something to do with my previous c-section scar? and although it may look terrible it was nothing to worry about. Hmmmm, I think I will email Adam and see if I can get him to explain again. I am loathe to investigate too deeply at this point and will just continue to change the dressings daily and keep everything clean.

Post op day 21. Hoorah!! I seem to have turned a...

Post op day 21. Hoorah!! I seem to have turned a corner today,- my ab's are not screaming and I actually slept on my side last night. It took ages to pluck up the courage to try and even longer to manouvre into position and relax but I did it and even though it wasn't for long it was an achievement all the same. I had a good weekend, I did a little sweeping up and tidying in the garden, I shopped and had a lovely sunday pub lunch, (chicken salad and a few herby roast potatoes!!) - today I have had a manicure and a pedicure and managed to help H Henry with his homework without giving up half way through... My scar looks awful but is slowly healing. It has a black crusty middle sectin but it is not infected and doesn't hurt. This must be the necrosis bit that I was warned about. I still look very thick through the middle and am still lacking any definition. I hope in time the swelling goes away for good, it really is as bad as everyone says! My BB has lost it's scab and is looking pink and healthier. I have found that co-codamol work much better for me and they last a lot longer than paracetamol. It has been a very odd, mixed up 3 weeks but I am almost back to being me again!

12 weeks post op! Well, what a rollercoaster of a...

12 weeks post op!
Well, what a rollercoaster of a ride. I am slowly healing, my middle section went from scabby and black to a weeping awful sticky yellow mess. It was smelly and stringy and for a while I was very concerned. I went to see a tissue viabilty nurse who prescribed various types of dressings and after trying several I noticed that the wound responded best to the dressings soaked in a medical grade of honey. I have seen a big difference over the last 2 weeks and am confident that the area will be healed and dressing free before Christmas. I still have sore ab's, - my ribcage area is still quite tender and I still swell in the evenings but it is all around the area under the middle section. I have still not managed a whole nights sleep, I wake with a very stiff back, i still can't get back to sleeping on my front,- but on the whole, even with the distress of the necrotic area it has still been worth it. JUST!!
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Hi Red 14, just finished reading your review :) hiw are you feeling now and how is your incision healing nearly 1 yr post op? If you don't mind me asking :) xxx
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Hi you haven't mentioned if you used anything on your scars like silicon sheets as I'm thinking of doing it but it seems only Americans do this. Looking good by the way x can't wait for mine x
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I know how you feel. My other half didn't know where to look when Adam examined me. I usually kept my wobbly bits well and truly hidden so seeing me there in all my pre-surgery glory was awful for us both!! You really just have to grit your teeth and think thin!! And I am sure Adam has seen far worse and will be immune to any shocking wobbles. Go girl... I look forward to hearing your account. I hope I have been of some help, Will be thinking of you and Dee. xx
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You stay in gown til u leave. Take something comfy to get dressed into. You will wake up in your binder as well. When u see Adam he asks you to show him your belly while standing in front of him. He squeezed & felt all my fat.. Yuk. Then you pay at the desk & when you go through to ur room & after ur shower Adam comes back with his felt tips & draws you up& takes his pictures. I took my camera as well & took my own set at this point. You can ask him more q's at this point but it all happens v fast & I think it is all decided from your original emailed pics. He is not a small-talker but I did trust him & let him just get on with it! Your taxi is ready for you the following morning as soon as Adam has popped in to check on you. Everything is conducted with military procision & it works! I also thought my surgery wouldn't happen but it's not inhis best interests to send you home unhappy. You may be wishing he did next week! Ha ha! Sorry. Xx
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LOL Phew! That's not so bad then... I'm a bit nervous about a man seeing my body to be honest. Don't even let the hubby see much most of them time! LOL But I reckon it'll be so worth it once it's over and done with!
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You shower at clinic, shower gel was there, then they give u a disp gown & slippers to wear. Hubby can stay til u go to theatre then can return later. Great shopping in Magnolia Park for him to kill time! Forgive reply, I'm on my phone til back from school run. Ask away Hun. It all helps with the nerves! Xx
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Aw thanks! What do they have you wearing after the surgery? Is it still their own gowns? I'm really scared I'm going to turn up and he's going to tell me he can't do my surgery! LOL Is that stupid? What does the consultation involve?
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Hi Sarah. I took my iphone to the clinic &although there is wifi the signal / strength was awful. The code is provided on your bedside table on arrival.I texted for the first couple of hrs instead and waited til i was back at our apartment for internet access. And take a snack. You get sod all to eat until the following morning! I took a packet of the Belvita biscuits, enough to take the edge off but not enough to make you sick. The sandwich provded in the morning was different... but you are so famished anything will do! X
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Did you take much else to the clinic? Like a nightie etc. Or do they insist on their own hospital gowns? Thank you once again for answering all my questions - I'm so anxious about the details (not the surgery, just the details LOL) that I'm giving myself headaches now! LOL Flying out tonight, surgery tomorrow! Eek!
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Hello Red, really stupid question I know but are we allowed to take laptops/phones to the clinic and if so, do they have WiFi? I know I'm going to be pretty out of it but I like to have a way to contact my kids back in the UK as soon as possible after surgery... Easiest way for me to contact them is via the internet.
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Hi Dee, 2 would be great. I can pay direct into your bank account, either before you go or on your return. I can contact you via email to swap details if you like. xx
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ok hun. Would you like one or two?
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Dee that would be a real help. If you can find an S (small) in a 22cm wide even better, if not a regular S in the standard 30cm width will be fine. I was told Adam could order them but they were from £35 upwards... I wash mine then roll it up with a towel to soak up the excess water but it still takes ages to dry. Now that I am getting brave I have started to wear a long vest top over my dressings and under the binder. It helps with the horrid irritation and those healing itchy itches!
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Adam doesn't stock them & they are very expensive here in the UK. They cost 45.00 Zl, about a tenner, but we had to get the chemist to order them in for me as they only had xl or xxl in stock. Adams binder was a size M & the one I bought was almost identical. There is a Superdrug type shop in the Magnolia Park shopping centre just across from the Clinic & they ordered 2 for me, to arrive on the day of our flight home. When we went to collect them, ( the Poles call it a 'Belt') the order hadn't arrived & we then had a frantic dash to the Marker Square on a hunt for another. There is a little pharmacy in the middle of the Market Square, almost next door to the Tourist Information shop. Go early so they can order them in, it takes about a day. In some shops you can buy them not only in different lengths but also different widths. The ones from the clinic are 30 cm wide and I think around 100cm long. (M) I tried to get one 22cm wide as I am short waisted but again I had left it too late and there were none in that size. But I think the idea in the early days is to cover your ribs, waist, hips, wound and lower back. Adam said to wear it full-time for 4 weeks at least. I now know why!
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Thank you for that hun... I'll send DH on a mission to find and order me a couple whilst I'm in the clinic! LOL
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Thank for the tip Red. If you wanted I could bring you back another binder.
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ahhh thank you both, hey, I just thought of another tip,- save 50 zloty for your return journey to the airport. I thought it was included in the price and had a real cringy few minutes trying to find enough scrap change to pay Chris.Please say hi to him and Mirek. Mirek speaks little English but is a perfect gent and was there for us every day. He will happily run you around and was never late. And defo get a second binder, I would have been totally screwed without my spare. I still am incredibly uncomfortable without, even just for a few minutes. It does get whiffy and really needs hand washing and line drying every other day. I just threw away the wrapper today, 43 zloty, bargain! xx
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Where did you get the spare from? How long did Adam tell you to wear it for? I've heard mixed things from different surgeons about how long they say to wear it for but haven't actually asked Adam yet!!!
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yep i agree. You look great!!!
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So glad to read your update and hear you've turned a bit of a corner! Long may it continue! I'm glad to hear you managed to sleep on your side as well as I hate, hate, hate sleeping on my back! LOL I'm sure you're just swelling from the trauma and that it'll go down and you'll get more shape around the middle soon hun... It takes a good year before you see the real final results I'm told...
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Oooo I just saw the new pics - you look fab! I'm sure the necrosis will heal up by itself... But I honestly think you look brilliant!
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Time has flown by! Are you ready? I bet you can't wait now. What day is your op? Are you going to be able to log on while you are away? xx
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Yep i'm ready to get rid of this imperfection on my body. My op is scheduled for this Friday.

Yep the hotel has wifi so I will log on as soon as I am lucid enough to type! LOL


xxx
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Hi Red. How are you? Can't believe I'll be flying to Poland this Thursday!!

Dee
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Red, Sarah and I will be moaning in a few weeks so you need to rest up and be better for that lol!
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