Rating from 4 Reviews An engaging person, who genuinely has your best interests at heartGlenn, UK, 08 Nov 17
18 months ago, with the help of BodyClinique, I had a Gastric Sleeve resection, which went extremely well. After losing a lot of weight, I was left with loose, saggy skin around my abdomen, that needed removal, so I contacted Katerina at BodyClinique early in 2017.
After sending over some photos, showing what needed to be removed, we set a date with Dr. Paciorek, the surgeon in the Czech Republic, for October 2017 to have an Abdominal Tummy Tuck. Dr. Paciorek quite rightly suggested that the autumn would be better for the operation as I would most likely be uncomfortable recuperating during the heat of the summer.
Katerina arranged my flight from Luton Airport to Katowice in Poland, where I was once again met by Katerina and her father, Lubos. After a short drive into the Czech Republic, I was taken to a lovely hotel in Karviná to stay the night, before heading to Ostrava the following day to meet Dr. Paciorek.
We arrived in the afternoon at the University Hospital in Ostrava where I was taken to my private room and to meet Dr. Paciorek.
I found Dr. Paciorek to be an engaging person, who genuinely has your best interests at heart. We discussed what the procedure would be and he openly answered any questions I had. Later in the day, I met with Martin, who works alongside Katerina. He would be my first point of contact during my stay in Czech. We got on very well and Martin would be there to come and visit me each day, checking up on my progress and would offer to bring me anything I needed from outside the hospital. He would be key in translating anything I needed to know in English.
On the day of the operation, Dr. Paciorek checked that I was OK and he drew on my abdomen where the skin needed to be removed from. At 1.30pm I was taken to the operating theatre and prepped for surgery. The anesthetist spoke to me in English and told me what she was going to do. I felt very calm and before I knew it, I was awoken by the team. The operation was complete.
I was taken back to my room and was made comfortable. I had pain relief, but if I am honest, I don’t recall being in any pain at all. I was wearing an abdominal compression belt and was slightly inclined in my bed. On the second day, I was encouraged to get out of bed and walk to the toilet. From then on, I was encouraged to walk further and along the corridor of the ward, which I did several times a day.
The staff was AMAZING! Although English is not their first language, we managed to communicate well and I was blown away by their compassion, patience and understanding. I feel I formed a bond with a couple of the nurses and we had fun using Google Translate on the iPhone to communicate anything that was required. But to be fair, they knew exactly what I needed or not needed 99% of the time.
Dr. Paciorek saw me every morning and checked my wounds and cleaned them. I was amazed at just how neat the incision lines were. I took my laptop with me and watched some TV box sets and films to while away the time, in between walking along the corridor of the ward. Martin also visited me daily and we had some great conversations. He is a very engaging person as well and he too has a genuine interest in my well-being.
I stayed in the hospital for 5 days after the operation before I was moved to a lovely hotel in the town of Štramberk, which is a small town in the Moravian-Silesian Region. It was here I would stay for the next 5 days, with regular contact with Katerina and Dr. Paciorek by phone and with Martin visiting each day. I was able to go out and about, albeit quite gingerly
and explore the beautiful town. I must stress that it is important to get as much rest as possible and not to exert any strain on the abdomen, but personally, I felt that the fresh air and light walking helped to speed up my recovery.
On Wednesday I was driven by Katerina’s father and Martin back to the hospital, where I had a checkup with Dr. Paciorek, and again on Friday to have my stitches removed. After saying a massive thank you to Dr. Paciorek and to his staff at the hospital, I was taken back to the hotel and the following day, Lubos and Martin drove me to Katowice airport to fly home to the UK.
I was very sad to say goodbye to these 2 great gentlemen, whom I had formed a trusting bond with over the 2 weeks (I had met Lubos on my first trip to Czech). Upon my arrival home, Katerina checked in with me to make sure everything was OK and that has continued for the following week. Dr. Paciorek has been in touch via email, checking up on me and I have been sending him photographic updates and we are both extremely pleased with the results.
3 weeks to the day, I had my belly button stitches removed and everything is fine. I have had no pain or any complications. The Abdominal band takes a bit of getting used to but I get on with it. Time is passing so fast, and it’s only a couple of weeks before I can remove it at night and by Christmas, I won’t have to wear it again.
I am over the moon with the results. I cannot thank BodyClinique, Katerina, Lubos and Martin enough for arranging everything and looking after me. And also not forgetting Dr. Paciorek and his team for doing an outstanding job. 100% total satisfaction. 100% satisfied