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Testimonial - Mrs C, Sleeve Gastrectomy 25/09/07

I have been fat all my adult life. I do have health problems but mainly I over eat. I had a very uneasy relationship with food always viewing it as an enemy that I had not bested in thirty years.

I had thought about surgery to help with my obesity at odd times over the past few years but never gone any further than that. Then in May 2007 I had a "life style" appointment with my doctors practice nurse after having a series of test, coupled with my deep unhappiness at how I felt and looked. Things had to change.

Once this decision had been made I set about changing my diet immediately whilst I looked to find a company that I felt confident in. I read widely on the internet to settle on the exact procedure I felt I should go for and after talking to providers who did their operations in India, Belgium and Czech Republic picked Cosmetic Bliss.

The support from Cosmetic Bliss took me through every stage with ease. Still, when I left for Brno to have the operation I was very nervous and questioned myself as to whether I was doing the right thing.

When I arrived at Brno on the arranged flight from Stansted I and another lady having the same operation were met at the airport and taken to our hotel for the first night. The hotel was efficient and clean and the following morning our taxi arrived to take us bright and early to the clinic for tests and to meet the surgeon Mr Cierny.

Mr Cierny is a very nice man who throughout my stay showed me nothing other than professional, compassionate and first class care answering any questions that were put to him and making every effort to ensure I understood what was happening at every step of the way.

The hospital looks a little dated on the outside but once into the ward areas they are new, clean and pleasant with rooms that hold two or three people at a time and each with its own bathroom containing a large shower, toilet and hand basin, all kept scrupulously clean.

The nurses had varying degrees of fluency in English but at no point did I feel worried because of any potential misunderstandings. One thing the hospital does have in common with our English hospitals is the time you are woken in the morning, yes- you guessed it- 6am!

I don't know really what to say about the operation itself. I felt uncomfortable and sick the day of the operation, Tuesday, but was walking around the next day and all drains where out by Thursday night, two days after the operation, everyone reacts differently to medical procedures and pain. I think the best way to sum it up is say that all I needed to make me as comfortable as possible was done. Cosmetic Bliss have kept in touch so that I have no worries over anything that happens post operation.

It's what has happened since my return home that has been the biggest revelation to me. Over the past three decades I have always felt hungry on my seemingly permanent diet and really never got anywhere. Now after following the strict diet for the first few weeks after the procedure I find I can have a meal of say two sprouts, half a carrot and a tablespoon full of Mushrooms (I'm a vegetarian before any meat eaters start to worry) and I'm full ! No kidding, no exaggerations, no japes - the strangest thing is knowing that although my brain seems to react to smells as before , my stomach doesn't tell me I'm hungry and need to eat. I find myself unable to put into words the sheer delight at not being ruled by my appetite anymore.

Left: Mrs C pre-op, Right: Mrs C post-op

In total I have lost five stone, three and a half before the operation over four months and one and a half since in the space of four weeks. I know the weight lose will reduce to a more manageable amount every week but I now feel 100% confident that I will lose the weight and keep it off and that I have changed my eating habits for good. I am starting to get my interest in clothes back and now as a size 20 can begin to buy clothes in a wider range of shops.

I have another four stone to lose and I expect this to take until June 2008, I am exercising, swimming and walking and enjoying life again, I feel able to look people in the face now and not worry that they are looking at me and judging me as just a fat person but that as the weight comes off they will have to judge me on my actions rather than the easier path of my size.

Really it's a case of "watch this space"

Mrs C, Sleeve Gastrectomy 25/09/07
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