Secret Surgery featured in Essentials magazine!

essentials magazine october editionYep, more magazine news, but this time it’s not Real People – but keep your eyes out next week for more details on that, too! Today, we’re letting you know that Secret Surgery, and our beautiful founder, Angela Chouaib, have been featured in glamorous women’s mag, Essentials!

You’ll find us in the October edition of the magazine, so get ready to get buying! The feature is all about the women who opt for cosmetic surgery, and how popular procedures are becoming with ordinary women. No longer is cosmetic surgery something reserved only for the richest and most powerful of Hollywood; now, for just a few thousand pounds, you can look like the person you’ve always felt like on the inside.

Angela Chouaib, Secret Surgery’s founder and MD, has been featured in the article as one of the glamorous girls who has undergone surgery. Angela had bariatric surgery years ago, and has recently opted for a thigh lift. She’s not only Secret Surgery’s founder, but she’s one of our patients, too!

For more gossip and glam, make sure you buy the October edition of Essentials… it’s… essential!

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Gastric wrap: what is it?

Get-a-Flat-Tummy-aThere are a few different kinds of gastric surgery, which can make matters confusing when you’re considering what gastric surgery actually is. The gastric wrap is slowly becoming one of the most popular kinds of surgery, and today we’re going to tell you – with all the gory details – what exactly a gastric wrap is!

A gastric wrap involves the surgeon making small, keyhole incisions in the stomach. The stomach is then folded in on itself, to create a narrower, tube-shaped pouch. In other words, your stomach will be smaller, so you’ll be able to eat less food, but otherwise your digestion works normally.

This means that the gastric wrap doesn’t restrict the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food, as the gastric bypass does. This is one key reason why the gastric band is gaining popularity; you don’t have to compromise on your nutrition to lose weight with the wrap.

Gastric wraps can lead to very quick weight loss, and most patients are very happy with their operation. Of course, it’s something we only recommend to people who have already tried to lose weight through diet and exercise – but for some of us, that just doesn’t seem to do the job.

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Why have surgery?

imagesIt sounds like an obvious question with one answer: because I want to change my body. But it’s not always this simple – and actually, many people have different reasons for wanting cosmetic surgery. Some of them are better than others – so let us tell you which reasons to have surgery are good ones, and which ones are bad ones.

5 good reasons to have surgery

  1. “I want to be healthier.” This is a fantastic reason to undergo something like bariatric surgery – the best.
  2. “I’ve tried everything else, and I’m sure this is my only option.” When it comes to things like weight loss surgery, we need to make sure that you’ve tried to do it the easier way – diet and exercise.
  3. “I have low self-esteem, and surgery will really help me.” What’s surgery for if it isn’t to make you feel better about yourself?
  4. “I’ve always hated my nose/ears/boobs, and this is my opportunity to become who I’ve always wanted to be.” Yep – always be yourself.
  5. “I wanted to treat myself, and this is something just for me.” That’s right – it’s just for you.

5 bad reasons to have surgery

  1. “My partner wanted me to do it.” It’s got to be for you – it doesn’t matter what your partner thinks.
  2. “My friends think I would look better this way.” But what do YOU think?
  3. “It’s easier than diet and exercise.” No, it isn’t. Weight loss surgery should never be considered the easy option.
  4. “I just suddenly thought it might be a good idea.” Surgery is a very serious decision, so think it over very carefully first.
  5. “I think it will make me happy.” There’s a difference between having more confidence and being happy. Make sure you understand that surgery can make you feel better about the way you look, but it won’t change anything else in your life!

If you feel that you want surgery for the right reasons – take the next step and receive a FREE information pack and fee guide please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Latest Patients Feedback – Yummy Mummy Makeover

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Latest Feedback from our Yummy Mummy

Everything is great thank you healing brilliantly in no pain after my tummy tuck and vaser lipo, been mooching around the square already – Everyone has been great all the doctors nurses Aga and Jack are so attentive and nice, I’m very glad I come!

I had a little peek at my tummy tuck scar and although still swollen my scar is perfect, so neat I couldn’t believe it, I was worried before but now I’m not so much for my second op (breast Augmentation) just excited!

MRS B FROM BIRMINGHAM

Weight loss surgery: should I?

liposuction-2Weight loss surgery is immensely popular over here at Secret Surgery. We get so many requests for the procedures every year, and one of the most common things we hear is that our patients have been struggling with the decision of whether or not to have surgery for years.

One of the common misconceptions about weight loss surgery is that it’s, well, ‘giving up’. Or even the ‘easy route’ to weight loss. Well, this isn’t true, for a few reasons. How can weight loss surgery be giving up? Since when was making a decision – a really, really tough decision – to do something which is going to help you achieve a long-term goal, ‘giving up’? That doesn’t sound like giving up to me.

It’s not exactly easy, either. You don’t just have surgery and then carry on as before. It’s a life-changing surgery, and you still have to put in the effort to eat right and keep your body in shape even after you’ve had the procedure. This isn’t an easy fix: far from it.

What we tend to find is that the people who come to us seriously wanting weight loss surgery have tried everything else; this is their last resort. Frankly, that’s how it should be. If you’re thinking about weight loss surgery and you haven’t tried to achieve your goals through diet and exercise yet, then just pencil that in first.

Of course, if you have tried diet and exercise and found that you’re not getting anywhere, then you shouldn’t feel remotely ashamed about considering surgery. Losing large amounts of weight is very, very difficult – and due to metabolic differences, can be trickier for some of us than others. It’s not giving up to ask for help – it’s wise!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

Under the Skin of Secret Surgery: Professor Fried

54_dekra-8ddffa0a3dAs part of our ‘Under the Skin of Secret Surgery’ series, we’ve got Professor Fried is with us today to tell us all about his own thoughts on work, life, and… everything else! Lots of our past patients will already have met the lovely Professor Fried, our bariatric surgeon and expert, but if you haven’t had the chance yet… here he is!

What’s the biggest challenge in your job?

There are several big and important challenges in my work. One of the most important is to always remember my credo, which means to perform surgeries in the safest possible and optimal way for the patient. To be able to fulfil this credo my work necessitates continuous concentration on what I am doing in the OR as well as to stay up-to-date in my professional education.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part is to see and to talk to a satisfied client/patient at the end of his hospital stay and to hear from him that he would chose the surgical care in our hospital again.

Do you have a favourite procedure to perform?

Generally,  I am fond of laparoscopic (key hole), minimally invasive surgeries. From obesity surgery/bariatric point of view my favorite procedure is gastric plication (wrap), however each and every bariatric procedure is very interesting and nice to perform. As I am in favour of surgical treatment of type 2 diabetes, I consider so called metabolic surgery (treating some of the metabolic comorbidities of obesity through surgical operation) as indeed interesting.

If you hadn’t become a surgeon, what do you think you would have been?

A lawyer or writer.

If you were going to treat yourself to some surgery, what would you get done?

If surgical treatment of obesity would be of consideration, than my choice would depend on my overal health condition. If, for example, I would have been obese diabetic dependent on high doses of insulin, suffering from the disease for many years, I would go for the BPD. On the other hand, in case I would be an obese patient with a mild degree  of diabetes (on medical treatment, or on lower doses of insulin), I would chose between gastric band and gastric plication. However, I would very seriously listen to the team of experts whom I  would go to and ask for their opinion on the best treatment/surgery for me. So, the overall conclusion is that there´s no ideal one type of surgery which would fit all patients, and choice of the best surgical treatment depends on the actual health status of each individual.

What do you do to relax after a long day?

Walking in the countryside and having a glass of good wine after such a walk.

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.

Rachel’s Secret Surgery Story

slim_bellyToday, Rachel from Wolverhampton is here to tell us about the rollercoaster ride she’s gone through in losing ten stone and finding herself again after many years! How did her experience with Secret Surgery go, and – will she be coming back?

Tell us how it all started? At a fraction under 22 stone and only 35 years old, I was miserable. I had two herniated discs in my spine, I could barely stand… even walking around the supermarket was just too painful. It wasn’t a life – I had to do something about it, so in April 2011, I had a Gastric Bypass, and it was the start of my new life.

And then what happened? Fast forward 18 months, I’m 10 stone lighter, much healthier, but stuck in what can only be described as a deflated, wrinkly old fat suit. I still felt ugly, and ashamed, and I knew what needed to be done, so I started looking for surgeons on the internet… this is where I found Angela and Secret Surgery.

Great – did you find our Facebook group? I joined the Facebook group, which I have to say, is one of the best things ever. I had the chance to talk to other ladies, and even some men who had the procedures I was interested in. I looked at the amazing results they were getting and I knew it was the right decision to make, so I sent my photos, explained what I wanted to be done, got my report back, and booked. From start to finish it was all so easy, not having to worry about a single thing, other than getting to the airport on time. Everything is done for you – flights, accommodation, transfers… the most stressful thing is working out what to pack!

And you liked the staff, didn’t you? Jack, the lovely taxi driver, is great, and so helpful. The beautiful Aga can’t do enough to help, and Dr W is a genius also, very funny and approachable, which is something you don’t get with a lot of surgeons!

But what of the hospital? The hospital is lovely, small enough that you don’t feel lost, and very very clean. The only thing I will do differently is bring my own food to the hospital next time – they don’t seem to understand breakfast, and I for one can’t do bread, cheese and tomato first thing in the morning!

And the accommodation? The apartments are lovely, light airy, and comfortable, close to the town, and ideal for Tesco, which is just a 10 minute walk up the road, great for some light exercise after surgery.

Fantastic! Any final comments? My results are amazing and I couldn’t be happier. I am happy and more confident, something which I haven’t been in years, and it has given me the boost I need to have further surgeries to fix the problems associated with huge weight loss. I really cannot recommend Secret Surgery enough, I tell everyone who will listen…I cannot wait to head back in March for my next two procedures!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.

Sara Bouamra’s Weight Loss Coaching: The Best Bits

20121215-0265smallYou might remember that we recently had Sara Bouamra – a Weight Loss Life Coach – in to tell us all about her job, and why it’s so important for people to get the support and coaching they need. Well, today, she’s here to tell us about the goals and benefits of weight loss coaching. You might think it’s easy without a coach – and for some people, it may well be – but for most of us, that little bit of extra support can go a long way.

Want to know what Sara considers to be the best bits of her work for you? Here they are:

  • Better self care and stress management
  • Develop an action plan to lose weight and get fit!
  • Reconnect with your feelings, body, hopes, and dreams
  • Develop a healthier relationship with food, as well as life itself
  • Learn self-forgiveness and loving- kindness
  • Eliminate black and white thinking, perfectionism, and other thinking distortions
  • Release self defeating patterns around food and weight
  • Develop a deeper connection to your inner wisdom
  • Improved body image
  • Awaken to your real life
  • Recover your joy!
  • Learn to let go of the past and forgive!

If any of these things sound like something you need help in achieving, then don’t hesitate to contact us or Sara – because she is there to help!

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk.

Bariatric Surgery: It Ain’t Easy…

Bariatric surgery – also called weight loss surgery – isn’t as easy as it’s always made out to be. It’s not an ‘easy’ route to weight loss; it’s actually very tough, and it comes with a whole loads of risks. If you’re not fully aware of what you’re risking by undergoing bariatric surgery, then you really shouldn’t be doing it.

These complications can occur in just about any bariatric surgery – we can’t second-guess whether it will or won’t happen, and it’s nothing to do with sloppy surgery; sometimes, things just don’t turn out the way we hope. This isn’t supposed to put you off surgery, but we do want all of our patients to be fully aware of the risks they’re accepting when they choose a procedure.

Risks and complications of bariatric surgery include:

  • weight-loss-surgeryDeath – not to start you off on a downer…
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Gastrointestinal Tract Leak
  • Conversion to Open Procedure
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Stricture
  • Bleeding
  • Ulcer
  • Gallstones
  • Infections
  • Low Blood Sugars (Hypoglycemia)
  • Kidney Problems

There are many more, some of which are associated with the problems your body might have when it starts taking in much less food after surgery than it did before. Some of these risks – like infections – come with just about every surgery under the sun, and some are specific to bariatric surgery.

This isn’t to say that the surgery is dangerous; if that were the case, it wouldn’t be approved! Most people come out of bariatric surgery absolutely fine, with a bright new future ahead of them. However, it’s a big, life-changing surgery – and we’d be lying if we didn’t tell you the risks.

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk

My FOUR YEAR Milestone

angela before and after wlsHi! It’s Angela here – and I’ve got a very special milestone to share with you all. Four years ago this month I weighed in at 20 stone and was extremely unhappy and unhealthy. I knew that 2009 was the year I had to start a new chapter and take care of myself and with the help of Mr Marcus Reddy (Bariatric Surgeon) in London I had an RNY gastric bypass and this gave me a 2nd chance at living a healthier happier life. I grabbed this opportunity with both hands and lost 10 stone in 10 months and have maintained a normal BMI ever since.

I was then lett in a deflated fat suit and once again took the opportunity to have my re-constructive plastic surgery in Wroclaw in with Dr Wojciech Waclawowicz 2010 and this really was the icing on the cake. I was the happiest I could ever remember being… My kids had their fun, loving mummy back and my husband had a new and improved sexier wife too!

After achieving everything that I have I felt that if I could help one other person feel as fabulous as I do then I must help them and Secret Surgery Ltd was founded in November 2010.

As well as helping my own clients I now help patients of surgeons from around the world (including UK) who dont have anywhere to turn and have no moral/emotional support and this is what I enjoy doing most. I hope I can continue to make a positive difference to other people lives in 2013….

I’m so blessed to be able to help others and want to say the hugest thanks to everyone that I call my friend for being there and supporting me throughout my journey and helping me be the person I am today… Much love, Angela xxxx

And here are some comments from my friends and colleagues…

Angie Matthews: Its hard to believe you are the same person as the first pic. Happy oppiversary, and congratulations on all you have achieved. Secret surgery is now helping people whose shoes you were once in, and that makes it extra special x

Rebekah Woodcraft: You look amazing great advert for secret surgery, well done xxxx

Suzie Marie Fitzhugh: U’ve done gr8 and look so amazing and u r a beautiful person inside and out xxxx

Clare-Louise Cuppy Saville: Simply Amazing! Congratulations on your 4th anniversary, you are an inspiration and mentor to us all,

Trayc Imagestylist Randall: Happy 4th birthday you truly are a walking advert for your business and you look totally amazing XX well

Mandi Allen: Happy oppiversary to you xx you are an inspiration. Thank you for your support x

Elaine Hill: Happy 4th birthday darling, its because of you smiling that has made many other women and men walk around with a smile, you are an amazing lady with a heart of gold. Xxx

Melanie Stewart: Well Done Angela x wow what a transformation and a great acheivement in just 4 years x and i am one of the people u have helped ive lost 2stone 4lbs since beginning of November and i cant thank u all at Secret Surgery enough. Without ur help i would never of been able to turn my life around into the right direction as that is certainly where im heading after i had my wrap x x x x THANK YOU x x and WELL DONE U!!!! My weightloss results are just AMAZING x every ‘weigh in’ is so exciting i have lost every time x x never has that happened in my life x x x

Jane Newcastle: The biggest congratulations for achieving your healthy BMI so quickly but more than that for maintaining ever since, your determination to hold onto to the new life was my inspiration and I’m still hoping to be able to get there myself! xx

Debbie Cressey: You have achieved so much Angela! I’m glad to have you as a friend to inspire me too x

To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit www.SecretSurgery.co.uk or call 0843 289 4 982 or email Info@SecretSurgery.co.uk