Launching KWS State-of-the-Art Hospital (Wroclaw)

Its really exciting news at Secret Surgery and we really couldn’t keep our latest news to ourselves; so here is a sneak preview.

Please take a look at our new purpose built 60 bedroom private KWS hospital in Wroclaw. We will be officially launching this medical facility in December with a view to sending patients here in the New Year.

Our MD & Founder Angela Chouaib personally was an Inpatient in this facility in August 2013 where she had a thigh lift; as she stands by only recommending services she has personally experienced herself first hand.

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angela chouaib secret surgeryMD & Founder Angela Chouaib said:

“Due to the continued success of Secret Surgery Ltd and positive feedback from our patients under the care of Dr Wacławowicz, KWS hospital will be used in addition to EMC Instytut Medyczny (which is reaching full capacity) and will be run by the wonderfully talented Dr. Wojciech Wacławowicz, Head of the Plastic Surgery. “

Real People: Savings on surgery abroad

savings on surgery abroad real people magazineOne of the sections in our latest feature in Real People magazine detailed the savings that you can make by opting to have surgery abroad rather than in the UK. The feature gave some fantastic examples of surgery costs in the UK and elsewhere, and shows just how much you can save if you put your mind to it – and just how much UK surgeons really milk you for all you’ve got!

Some of the best examples from the article are:

  • Liposuction in the Czech Republic costs, on average, £1,800 compared to £3,540 in the UK.
  • A tummy tuck in Poland would cost £2,096 compared to £5,660 in the UK.
  • A facelift in Poland would cost £2,220 compared to £6,950 in the UK.

These examples are all from Europe, but the article also details the costs if you want to fly out to Thailand or Malaysia. Of course, it’s cheaper to travel to Europe than Asia, but if you’re desperate for an Eastern holiday then why not combine the two?

Hopefully this feature will go some way to convincing the general public that surgery abroad isn’t something to be avoided – and it shows that it’s not just countries like Poland which have cheaper prices than the UK – just about everywhere does!

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Real people: sun, sea and silicone

sun sea and siliconeWe’re in the news again! Fittingly, Secret Surgery has been featured in a recent edition of Real People magazine, and we got bags of attention and lots of page space, so we’re going to take our time and show you the features over a few different blogs.

One of the Secret Surgery features in the magazine was ‘Sun, Sea and Silicone’, and as the title might suggest it was all about going abroad to bag yourself a nice holiday and a hot new bod while you’re there. The feature dealt with all the different aspects of surgery abroad, including the risks (or lack of), the savings, the background to how it all started, and of course, some expert advice from our wonderful founder and MD, Angela Chouaib!

It also contains top tips  for those of you who are out there looking for a surgery abroad provider now, because, as we always stress – you can never be too careful to choose the right one.

If you’re popping out today, pick up a copy of Real People magazine – it’s full of juicy stories and gossip about your favourite surgery abroad clinic – and it’s got some good pics too!

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How to be a discerning surgery abroad customer

woman-thinkingI use the word ‘customer’ in the title rather than ‘patient’ because it’s important to remember that you’re still a customer of the clinic you choose to undergo your surgery with. In other words, you’re the one who’s paying: so make sure you’re getting what you want out of it.

When you’re considering surgery abroad, it’s important to do your research and find a clinic that you feel confident and comfortable with. This isn’t just about checking that the clinic has done good work in the past, or making sure that their surgeons are well qualified – it’s about finding people you can talk to while you’re there.

You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it makes, being able to chat, ask questions, and be put at ease during your stay and before your surgery. We’ve compiled a list of questions to ask your chosen clinic which should help you to find somewhere which will make you feel, if not at home, then in good hands:

  • Does my surgeon speak English? If not, will there be a translator available?
  • Will I get to meet other British patients during my stay?
  • How much help will I be given when it comes to getting around, shopping, etc.?
  • How nice/comfortable are the surgery facilities?
  • Can I choose my own accommodation?
  • Will I be given a contact to call if I get stuck or upset?

This isn’t a comprehensive list. Have a think yourself about what you think you might need when you’re there, and just ask away – the clinic which ticks the most boxes is likely a good one to go for.

Going for surgery can be scary, and going for surgery in a foreign country even worse. It doesn’t have to be hard, though, with the right support in place. To take the next step and receive a FREE personalised info pack and quote please visit or call 0843 289 4 982 or email

BBC5 Live – covering Secret Surgery abroad!

2168639You might remember that just a couple of weeks ago we were featured in an article by the Guardian about surgery abroad, focusing on the reasons why more and more patients are looking overseas for their surgery. Well, there’s even more good news – BBC Radio 5 featured a segment this week about surgery abroad as well!

The feature discusses the general trend of surgery abroad, and also focuses on a hospital in Poland which offers low-cost surgery to patients from the UK, among other countries. In an interview with the hospital manager, it’s clear that the people running this Polish hospital know how to run a safe, secure facility. During one part of the interview, the interviewer even notes how the Polish hospital features laminate as opposed to carpet, which is more often seen in the UK. Laminate is easier to clean than carpet, and thus actually a much more hygienic choice!

The feature also includes a short interview with a panel of experts at the end. To listen to the Radio 5 feature you can click on this link. It’s nice to see that surgery abroad is getting some positive press over here in the UK – for far too long the media have been too focused on believing old myths about overseas surgeries being unclean and sub-par; hopefully features like this will help to show the people of the UK that this is no longer the case.

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Exclusive Angela Chouaib Interview: Part Two

20121216-0356smallWe recently featured part one of this exclusive interview in our blog. Today, we’ve got part two, and it’s even juicier! Jenny Southan interviewed Angela Chouaib, MD and founder of Secret Surgery, for Business Traveller. Here’s what she found out.

What kinds of procedures and treatment do people from the UK tend to go abroad for? What about people from the US?

The most of my patients fall into the 4 main procedures Tummy Tucks, Breast Lift, Breast Reductions and Face Lift – I believe this is the global trend in patient requests.

What are the advantages of going abroad for medical treatment?

In my personal experience I found it to be less sales driven and money orientated. The surgeon has that good old fashioned doctor/patient relationship where you are never seen as a walking cheque book and the really take the time to understand you long term expectations and manage these in a caring way. I personally couldn’t have afford a UK surgeon with the same level of expertise and standard of private hospital facilities that I accessed in the Poland.

Inside the EMC Hospital in Wroclaw
Inside the EMC Hospital in Wroclaw

What are the risks of going abroad for medical treatment?

At the core of my objectives at Secret Surgery is the desire to help other people achieve an equally positive safe experience of cosmetic surgery. Many risks are managed as effectively as possible for example we ask patients to remain in destination for 7-10 days post procedure, this allows the surgeon to monitor healing, wound management, remove stitches prior to discharging the patient as being safe to fly home. DVT is a big risk on long haul flights (which is why I don’t offer this) On short 1-2 hour flights we can be limit risk by methods such as herapin injections and recommending surgical support socks are worn.

How does the issue of language affect getting medical treatment abroad?

Many nations speak English as their second language and I actually find this a positive instead of seen as a language barrier as medical team a consultation stage take extra time to explain things in more detail than you may get in your native tongue and also this is explained in layman terms (no patient wants to hear long latin words) I haven’t had any real concerns from patient post operative that have identified a language barrier.

So there you are! We’re hoping that this interview will help to reassure any patients with worries about travelling abroad for surgery; there are a lot of common worries about quality and language barriers which our patients often raise with us, and hopefully Angela’s candid answers will put a lot of minds at ease.

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Latest Tummy Tuck patient feedback

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Today I woke up to a wonderful email from a special lady that is in Poland at present. She had her procedure a week ago it said:

I can’t knock the service Secret Surgery has provided. I feel like a completely new person, and I mean that honestly! Angela you have made it so easy for me to do and I sincerely thank you for your help, guidance and support. I will defo be doing extra bits and you will b top of my contact list!

Trudi: My Eyelid Correction Story

Today, Trudi from Kent is here to tell us her hilarious story about eye lid correction surgery with Secret Surgery!

How did you find us? I found out about Secret Surgery on the web. It was started by Angela Chouaib, who founded it after her amazing weight loss when she took on the commitment to help others in her position. It’s cheaper than surgery in the UK, even when you take the holiday into consideration! It’s worth noting that prices in the UK are often broken down into sections, which means that if you want the full surgery it can often be double the cost!

trudi eyelid correction before & afterHow did you find the UK team? They were great – people shouldn’t be afraid to ask anything; they’re friendly and approachable. Joining Facebook is also a great idea – there’s so much support and information on there.

What about the team in Poland? Dr. W speaks pidgin English and wears reindeer jumpers at Christmas! They’re all totally professional, well-educated and experienced. Dr. W really does know what he is doing – he does very neat stitching, although he can’t knit! There’s also Aga, who is basically your friend while you’re there, and Jack, the lovely taxi driver who speaks great English. He’ll even sneak chocolate and crisps into the hospital for you if you want!

Speaking of the hospital… It’s spotless, modern and every room in it is en suite. The staff are attentive and friendly, and the food is ‘different’ – but Jack and Aga will bring you in something else if you ask!

How did you find your travel arrangements? Angela explained everything about what was included in my package. I had to buy my own food on board the plane, and was careful not to exceed the baggage allowance – or you’ll get charged extra!

And what about your apartment? I took a European plug adaptor with me, so that was fine. They provided towels, free wi-fi and a kitchen area, though there were limited English TV channels. You can also have food supplies arranged for your first night there, with everything put in the fridge for you.

What about the eye lid surgery? I felt like I could ask Dr. W anything, and had to wear a gown – don’t forget to keep your knickers on! I walked down to theatre with a nurse, and then remained awake throughout the surgery so that Dr. W could ask me to open and close my eyes throughout. He aligned my eyelids – I went down with wonky ones and came back with matching eyes! The operation doesn’t hurt at all.

And how has your recovery been? Straight after the operation, I laid down for three hours and my eyes swelled up like I’d been at it with Mike Tyson for 12 hours! I was given a tube of cream to rub on them, and was able to go out for afternoon shopping the same day. That night, I also went for a meal out with all the other VIP guests – who all said I didn’t look as bad as I thought! Now I’m on painkillers every day for my neck, but my eyes didn’t hurt at all! The only thing I had to be careful about was not scratching them when they itched. Here’s a trick for the swelling – save used teabags in the fridge and then wet them and put them over your eyes with a night mask!

My swelling went down quite well. I had my stitches out on the Monday and then was back at work on Tuesday and nobody noticed any swelling! One month on, I still have a small red line where the stitches were but make-up covers this.

Any final remarks? The operation was a complete SUCCESS, and my droopy eyelids have been sorted!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Facial Fillers

VARIOUSFacial fillers are an immensely popular treatment these days – whether they’re used for their anti-ageing effects to fill out the face and remove the appearance of wrinkles, or whether they’re used to plump up cheeks, everyone wants facial fillers.

When you’re shopping around for a clinic to have facial fillers with, it’s important to be careful. When you’re putting anything in your body, it’s important to know that it’s safe – that’s why you need to make sure that your cosmetic surgery clinic uses high-quality fillers which won’t leave you rueing the day you opted for surgery.

Make sure that the clinic you choose has a high success rate when it comes to facial fillers – you can ask your consultant about this, and reading previous patient stories can give you a good idea of just how good your chosen clinic’s facial fillers are.

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Has Nicki Minaj Indulged in Some Plastic Surgery?

NickiMinaj_071107Everyone knows Nicki Minaj – she’s one of the most famous faces on TV and one of the most famous voices on the radio today. She’s known for her vibrant appearance, often wearing wigs and outlandish – but always utterly gorgeous – fashions. However, Nicki may be a trendsetter in more ways than one – some surgeons believe that she’s indulged in a little nose surgery and/or breast implants to help those natural good looks along.

Nicki denies having had surgery on her face, but doesn’t say anything about the rest of her body. She says that instead of surgery, she uses special make-up and application techniques.

”I’ve never had surgery on my face. They’ll see contour and they’ll think you had surgery on your nose. No, no, no, look at RuPaul’s Drag Race and you’ll see how you can make your nose look any shape you want. When people see my makeup, they think all types of crazy things that I’m doing to my skin, but it’s makeup.”

Share the secret, Nicki! Whatever she’s doing, it seems to be working.

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