I had the operation 3 months ago via the help of Get Slim in Turkey and the results have been fantastıc. I have already lost 23 kilos and I am able to eat everything but in small quantities. The operation was pain free and I recovered very quickly. I was looked after really well by the Get Slim in Turkey team. They were very helpful and the whole package was excellent value for money and the service was first class! After battling with my weight for so many years I regret I didn't do this operation before.
I was a little bit nervous but was met by the Get Slim in Turkey Team.They held my hand from the begining till the end and I did not expect the operation to go so well and was amazed at how smooth everything went. They were very professional and ensured everything went to well. I still receive online support from them and I highly recommed them. Thank you.
To Get Slim In Turkey:
After a lot of research and chatting to Tracey and Amanda at GSIT, along with a couple of other ladies who'd had a sleeve, I booked my flight and my Op was booked.
I was picked up by Amanda and taken to Ekol Hospital in Izmir, about 20 mins from airport. The hospital international patient co ordinator met us and took me through everything. This was easy and straightforward.All the tests and checks were completed easily and in a timely manner, from heart to chest to lungs to having endoscopy. I wasn't aware of this being done as sedated and slept happily. Seeing the consultants, with the co ordinator translating was easy and reassuring, trusting everyone every step of the way.
I was taken to my room, very clean and comfortable, and got ready to go for op. I don't remember anything about the op after mild sedation so not aware of going to theatre! Found myself back in my room on a drip and feeling sleepy. I did have wind pain but was up and walking around to alleviate this. Each day then I was walking up and down the corridor, even up and down stairs, to going outside and sitting in sun.
Amanda was with me throughout the 3 days and nights I was in hospital from Tuesday morning to Friday morning. They interpret everything so never an issue understanding consultant or nurses. The care from nurses was outstanding. Constantly coming in to check drip/any meds/change dressings, anything I needed, no problem.
The cleaning staff were in 2 to 3 times a day, again everything clean and spotless. The ensuite shower room had all the extras from soap to gels to toothbrush etc so nothing needed.
On the Thursday the surgeon came in and explained everything that had been done. Very clear and concise.
Also went to see Dietician who explained about the first few weeks and ongoing food plan. 2 weeks liquid, 2 weeks pureed food, 2 weeks soft food. High protein! 2 litres of water a day. Mint tea my saviour. A simple and clear plan to follow.
As for liquids for 2 weeks, I was allowed sips of water from Thursday. Protein shakes from Friday. I found I had to sip little and often, no gulps, no straw. Found this easy but never felt hungry or missed food. All so easy and didn't realise I'd had an operation.
On Friday I was discharged along with all my notes in English and Turkish.
I also bought the pack of protein shakes, tummy protector tablets and blood thinner injections (10 days, easy and quick self inject in tummy). All could be taken in hand luggage. I was taken in hospital car to Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Izmir for the night. Beautiful hotel with lovely bedroom, awesome rooftop views over Izmir and sea. Very relaxing and great staff. I went out shopping and sat in sun on rooftop area for while.
The next day the hospital car took me to the airport for my flight home. I did have assistance at airport as couldn't lift my case or walk too far (bad back and little tired from op). But not everyone would need assistance! Flight home was easy, slept well. Arrived home to start my new life, my sleeve and I.
If you're travelling with friend, or partner, they stay in room at hospital too and have 3 meals a day included.
The sleeve has been the best decision for me.After years of eating too much, not in control of portion sizes, yo yo dieting, eating healthy then eating junk food, losing weight, putting more back on, the sleeve has stopped all this for me. It's a tool to help the above. I'm not feeling hungry but want something to eat or drink. I now want healthy and tasty food, from cheese to soup to high protein chicken and fish.
6 weeks on I am 2 stone down, 3/4 dress sizes down, feel amazing, everyone says I look so well, sparkling eyes, fresh skin, no more bloated look. So 15stone 7lbs to 13 stone 7lbs, dress size 20/18 to 14/12, 5 feet 8 inches tall.
I'd highly recommend the sleeve to anyone wanting to lose weight, control eating, look and feel better, and overall feel like a new person, in my opinion.
So a huge thankyou to Tracey and her team and all the staff at Ekol Hospital. Words aren't enough really but I'm sure they get great satsifaction from seeing all our results!
Review by Lucy
A bit about me to start with to give you an idea who I am and why I decided surgery was the way for me!
I’m a 42 year old Mum of 1 child who for the last 10 years has put on and lost 3 and 4 stone only to put it all back on again and some! I’ve got a wardrobe full of clothes from a size 10 to a 20 and this last time I put all the weight back on ended up at 100kg, 15stone 10lbs. Taking any of this weight off in any of the other ways I’d tried before was infuriatingly not working and I started getting sweats and shakes when I was hungry which Get Slim In Turkey found out to be Insulin resistance and pre-diabetes.
I flew out to Get Slim on the 1st January2019 and was met at the airport by Tracey who not only was easy to find but greeted me like a friend and immediately put me at ease! I travelled alone for the surgery and to be made to feel comfortable and confident like that really helped calm my pre op jitters!
We arrived at the hospital and got settled in for the night, one of my early worries was that I have notoriously difficult to find veins! Well let me tell you this is the only time in my life that when a nurse tries to find a vein they got it first time, they take their time looking for one and do not try until they are absolutely sure they can ‘get it’ that was a great relief. On the day of surgery in the morning we went through a really thorough medical examination with all sorts of different specialists and I actually now know more about my personal health than I ever did before! They found that I had gallstones that I had no idea about previously! I had an endoscopy which I was asleep for due to a very strong sedative that is more like a general anesthetic.
All tests complete and I was good to go!
Up to theatre and all the staff along the way were very kind and reassuring, once I woke up I stayed in Intensive care for a few hours so that the care from the nurses was one on one for the first few hours to keep a close eye on you. I had little pain although I felt woozy and more like I’d had a big night out and suffering from major indigestion! Amanda my English / Turkish Carer was there with me to hold my hand and make sure if I wanted to know what was happening she could translate.
I was up and walking before going back to my room and started sucking on the balls machine and I thought it was quite incredible how quickly you start feeling better, lots of naps and little walks those first couple of days. Amanda stayed with me in my room for the entire duration of my stay and I have left feeling I have a wonderful new friend, she is gentle, reassuring, full of knowledge about the surgery as she’s had it, funny, chatty but quiet when I wanted to sleep, really just like the big sister I never had!
On my 4th day I went to a hotel and relaxed until my flight the next morning but felt confident and well enough to head out for a wander around a market and to my amazement all the foods and delicious honeys and delights I could see, nothing interested me or made me feel desperate! In face since the surgery I haven’t felt hungry at all!!!
I was given a months supply of liquid diet to come home with along with the medications needed and I have a fully translated folder of all the medical notes to take to my doctor along with the information for me on what I need to do in terms of foods over the coming weeks and months.
I have the continued support of Get Slim In Turkey and their team of doctors and feel totally in control and safe that everything I needed was done and anything I might think of will to ask will be answered.
I’m home now and went back to work on the 5th day after surgery and I’m now on day 10 post surgery and feel only a little sore around the wounds but only bruising as you would expect but otherwise well. I’m on the fluid stage at the moment and finding that easy, I’m cooking dinners for my family and it’s not bothering me that I’m missing out.
Mostly I feel free! I feel free of the addiction to food, like the surgery and my time in Turkey somehow slashed the ribbons that bound me to that awful addiction of just popping anything and everything in my mouth and of planning my whole day and life around when I can eat!
The sweats and shakes have gone already! I worried without food I’d feel weak and that it would make that symptom worse but instead of worse it has gone and I don’t spend my day feeling the trickle of sweat down my back! What a relief and treat!
I cant thank Amanda & Tracey enough for all the help, advice and support they have given me and continue to give, they along with their experienced fantastic team in Izmir are truly wonderful and I will never be able to thank them enough.
I have decided not to weigh in until my 2 week anniversary and monthly thereafter, I feel the time of constant scales checking is gone as this is not a diet but a life changing opportunity to be free once and for all from the self loathing and bullying of dieting.
A very happy Lucy.