I was sleeved on the 18 Sept'18 and I'm almost 7 weeks post-op. I just want everyone to know that this is one of the best decisions I've ever made and I got so so lucky to have found Dr Gurdal and his team.
I was in talks with a Clinic in Prague and was looking to have WLS there, I was going to finalise everything when a friend told me 'Have you ever considered Turkey' honestly it had not crossed my mind. My friend said that they have the best results for WLS (Weight Loss Surgery). So I started googling and found WhatClinic, Dr Gurdal had one of the highest ratings so I decided to go through all the given feedback.
I was amazed at the positive response and made up my mind that this might be it so I requested a quote on 7 Aug'18. Immediately got an email and WhatsApp from Murat to say they had received my query and he quoted the package price and what was included. It looked too good to be true but I decided to look into it further. Within a week my mind was made and I was off to Turkey for this surgery. If you think about it you're going in blind and it's a big risk but this is one risk I do not regret.
So I booked my flight and was scheduled for surgery on 18/09/18. Murat was in constant contact with me. I had soo many questions but all were answered promptly. There's one thing I should mention. I am a type 2 diabetic so I was going to be put up in Kadikoy Hastanemiz which is a dedicated hospital for diabetics and trust me when I tell you that they are the best. I was taken off my diabetes meds when I checked in and every hour I would be checked and monitored, amazing nurses and doctors.
My highlights: Dr Gurdal Oren is amazing, such a lovely person and a brilliant doctor. He definitely knew what he was doing. I would always look forward to when he would do his rounds, especially as he was one of the few people that spoke English. With Dr Gurdal you know you are in the safest hands. The Hospital was immaculately clean and the nurses were so kind, they did their best to bring comfort.
A very special mention to Murat, without him I do not think I would have embarked on this journey. He is so knowledgeable, available when you need him and his English is fantastic so he dealt with most of the communication issues. Our Dietician, Neslihan was lovely, I felt like she was more of a friend by the end of it. She will ensure you know about your diet and aftercare. She set up a WhatsApp group for surgery buddies so we can share our experiences and seek advice.
My Lows: There is definitely a language barrier but it can be tackled very easily, google translate is your best friend out there. Use it. The only thing I wish I had was an interpreter just to get me through the first 48hrs.
My overall experience was excellent, I would recommend Dr Gurdal and his team to anyone considering the sleeve or any WLS. They are fantastic! If I was to consider any other surgery they would be my first choice without a doubt.
I would also like to mention that their prices are very reasonable compared to other places, I know this because I spent a year doing research on WLS.
If I was to go back to beautiful Turkey, I will be visiting the hospital to meet Dr Gurdal, Murat, Neslihan and their wonderful team.
My experience at Kadikoy Hastanemiz was very good. It is a dedicated hospital for diabetics and it is a fairly new hospital with the latest equipment and some of the best doctors. I am the kind of person that does not like hospitals, I stay well away from them but this one was different. It was more like a modern clinic just very clean. The area itself is surprisingly nice.
If you are worried about going alone for the surgery, you shouldn't be as the nurses and staff are so kind and always come in to see you. I was alone but never felt that I needed someone there.
I highly recommend this place to anyone looking to do surgery in Turkey.