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I went to Europe to have my surgery as I could not afford to have it done in the UK. I can honestly say that you get what you pay for. Deals which seem too good to be true often are. I researched my company and the surgeon for months, the company has an excellent reputation and I spoke to lots of his previous patients who all had wonderful experiences. I have serious complications, which a surgeon in the UK thinks is down to cheap equipment and an inferior surgical technique. My desire to have surgery overrode everything so much so I chose to have it done outside the UK even though my family begged me not to go. Please stay in the UK for surgery, do not consider going abroad! If you stay in the UK you will get proper aftercare. I wish I'd waited a few more years, saved the money and had it done here. I'm not saying everyone who goes abroad ends up having complications, as I shared a room with a lady who had the same op as me and she is doing amazingly well. But please consider, even companies and surgeons with excellent reputations can make mistakes.

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So sorry to hear of your experience. I had surgery in the UK a week ago and I have been surprised at how well I felt since - no pain, not even much discomfort. Of course it was very expensive - I'm a lot older than you so I've had more time to save up! I hope your recovery goes well from now on xx

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Thank you for your kind words. Congratulations on your surgery. I think the first few weeks are the worst. But it does get better. Get plenty of rest as you will find you are exceptionally exhausted in the next coming weeks :)


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Sorry for the issues you had to get through. Do you mind sharing what your complications were?

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Sorry for the issues you had to get through. Do you mind sharing what your complications were?


Yes sure. First I have a hernia which they didn't spot and did not fix during my surgery. (My understanding is that this is a standard, simple procedure before a sleeve) secondly, the surgeon has cut the stomach too close and therefore it is too small. The food can't get through. Because he stitched over the staple line which in turn narrowed the sleeve even further. So I can only tolerate liquids.


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Just now, Bishbosh said:


Yes sure. First I have a hernia which they didn't spot and did not fix during my surgery. (My understanding is that this is a standard, simple procedure before a sleeve) secondly, the surgeon has cut the stomach too close and therefore it is too small. The food can't get through. Because he stitched over the staple line which in turn narrowed the sleeve even further. So I can only tolerate liquids.

Man. So sorry. Did they not do an upper endoscopy first?

What is the fix for the too narrow sleeve? Conversion to a bypass? Will it allow for food after it fully heals and swelling goes down?

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I did have an endoscopy but it wasn't spotted?!! I have to have revision to bypass I think. I'm 15 weeks post op so it's all settled and healed now. Everything was ok in the beginning but I've had terrible reflux. The reflux was getting worse, so I came to the hospital and that's when they found all these problems.


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Just now, Bishbosh said:

I did have an endoscopy but it wasn't spotted?!! I have to have revision to bypass I think. I'm 15 weeks post op so it's all settled and healed now. Everything was ok in the beginning but I've had terrible reflux. The reflux was getting worse, so I came to the hospital and that's when they found all these problems.

I'm so sorry. Good luck, I can't imagine having to have 2 surgeries so close together.

Will this revision be covered under NHS, without a major wait?

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2 minutes ago, Bishbosh said:

Fortunately. As I cannot tolerate fluids it's classed as urgent.

Good, at least that is some good news. Sorry you had to go though all of this.

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Good, at lease that is some good news. Sorry you had to go though all of this.


Yes. The NHS is amazing. Endoscopy first to try and stretch the narrowing and then revision to bypass in the next couple of weeks. This is what happens when you try to cut costs [emoji853]


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Are you going to say were you had it so others are Aware? I got loan and 0% for 2 years credit card to pay for mine in uk 6 weeks ago. Good luck

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Are you going to say were you had it so others are Aware? I got loan and 0% for 2 years credit card to pay for mine in uk 6 weeks ago. Good luck

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I used a company called nordbariatric in Lithuania. They seemed quite reputable and seemed to have many happy customers. Surgeon has excellent reputation, I guess I was just unlucky.


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I'm awfully sorry to hear what's happened to you. I had mine done in Belgium and I can't speak highly enough of my surgeon, so it's not necc. because they are European. But that doesn't make it any easier for you of course.

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