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Gastric Sleeve Teastimonial for Surgery in France

Gastric Sleeve Surgery in France

I was born overweight!

The twin sister who grew alongside me for nine months was born underweight! It was clear for all to see just who had been eating all the pies! Weight, with all its problems, has dogged me all my life and caused me no end of mental and physical pain.

I had read every diet book going and tried to lose weight by every means suggested. Yes, I lost some weight but the progress was only ever short lived. Soon the pounds piled on again, plus more besides. Each failure meant that I sank deeper into depression and I resumed my unhealthy comfort eating regime. Never, ever, did I consider having surgery and I certainly would never have entertained the idea of paying to go abroad for treatment!

Approaching Christmas 2012, I reached rock bottom. I was going to be spending the festive season alone but at least I would have lots of goodies to feast on! Having said that though, it did not really lift my mood. I could not get past the fact that I was by now three times the weight of my twin sister! How long would it be before I was four times her weight? I had already had some serious health issues, I was registered disabled, and I could foresee that my imminent retirement could be somewhat curtailed if I carried on with the lifestyle which had brought me to the point at which I now found myself. Something had to be done!

I began searching the bariatric surgery websites to learn more about weight loss surgery. I am not a very brave person and so came to the conclusion that I could possibly cope with having a lap band fitted. I went to see my GP who straight away agreed to apply for me to have the gastric lap band fitted on the NHS. Within days the GP contacted me to let me know that my application had been successful! But, and there is always a 'but', there would be a two to three year waiting list! I didn't have three years to wait! Besides, with all the research I had been doing, I was becoming highly motivated and excited about the thought of surgery to help me sort out my weight problem.

How much would surgery cost me though? Where would I have it done? I happened to come across a website for 'Gastric Band Surgery' on the internet! The price seemed manageable and, because I live in the south of England, France was easily accessible for me either by ferry or by air. I decided to email this company purely to get further information. This was when I was first introduced to Tullia Law.

Tullia provided me with a lot of information and was more than willing to address any concerns which I may have had and to dispel my fears about undergoing surgery. I continued to do further research and decided to go for the Gastric lap band. That was one decision made! The next issue was the question of money! The full cost of the procedure needed to be paid up front. I have to be honest and say that this worried me a great deal - I was on the point of retiring and that was serious money to me! Normally I am happy to pay a deposit when making a holiday booking etc. and then pay the balance nearer to the time of departure. I thought long and hard about taking this step and decided to take the plunge before I allowed myself to drop the whole idea!

Many months passed and, owing to serious illness within the family, I delayed having the surgery done. Tullia was very patient and when my confidence faltered, she was there to talk to me and put me back on track. After a great deal of procrastination, I finally settled for Jan 2013 as the time for me to go and have weight loss surgery. It was to be my New Year's resolution! And that was not the only decision I made - I decided to opt for a Gastric Sleeve! This took Tullia by surprise as I think she had begun to wonder if I would ever make any decisions!

On Jan 20th 2013 I set off for Le Havre where my surgery was due to take place on the 23rd. It had been snowing all week both sides of the Channel. I had constantly checked the weather forecasts and Tullia was in regular contact in case conditions had deteriorated to the point that it would be impossible for me to travel. I assured her that we would definitely be making the journey. All appeared to be well on Southern Rail. My companion and I were making our way to Portsmouth to catch the overnight ferry. We got no further than Brighton! It had taken us three hours to do a journey that would normally take less than hour. We had been seriously delayed by a train which had broken down less than a mile from where we lived! Tullia had phoned to check our progress and when she heard what had happened, she persuaded us to go back home and my operation would be rescheduled at no extra cost. I was really disappointed as I was so mentally and physically prepared for the op and now I was back to square one!

The very next morning Tullia contacted me to let me know that the surgery could be done on the 30th if I and my friend were willing to travel that coming weekend. We did not need much persuasion! I was elated - I couldn't wait to get the op done and to start a new chapter in my life!

I re-booked the ferry and decided that this time we would travel from Newhaven to Dieppe just in case the weekend weather was going to be bad again (there would be less travel involved). Tullia was not phased in the slightest by the fact we would be heading to Dieppe and would arrive on Mon morning at 4am! She said she would arrange for a taxi to pick us up and take us straight to our hotel in Le Havre! We couldn't believe that a taxi would be there so early in the morning - but there it was when we got off the ferry!

Everything went as smoothly as Tullia had promised. The hotel was very comfortable and, although I did not allow myself to be tempted, an excellent breakfast was provided every day. Taxis arrived on time to take us to and from the hospital. The hospital staff were friendly and professional at all times. They supported me every step of the way as I went through each of the tests leading up to the surgery. The ward staff were very patient and did not let the fact that my 'O'Level' French which was 'not quite up to it', prevent them from doing their best for me at all times.

Meeting Dr. B helped to put my mind at rest at a time when I was feeling very apprehensive about the major step I was about to take. He went through all the main issues with me and answered all the concerns which I had. He explained what would be happening pre-tests, the operation itself, the recovery and what I would need to do post operation regarding diet and nutrition. He visited me on several occasions before I left hospital and again on the day I was due to return to the UK, to check that I was okay.

Did I make the right decision by opting to go to France for a sleeve gastrectomy? Yes, without a doubt! It was the best decision I have ever made and my only regret is that I did not do it sooner! I need not have had any fears and if anybody reading these testimonials is still worried about going abroad for surgery, please do not hesitate to contact those of us who have already taken such a major step to improve the quality of our lives.

It has been a pleasure getting to know Tullia Law. I do believe that she genuinely cares about those who feel that Bariatric surgery is their only chance of dealing with their weight problem. No one would make them self available 24/7 if they did not care about their clients. Tullia runs a well oiled machine so that when people make that crucial decision, everything goes as smoothly as possible to achieve a very successful outcome. I have been reassured by the fact that she has stayed in regular contact with me to see that all is well. My twin sister has not seen me since my operation, but boy is she in for a shock!

I have lost almost three stone!

Now I can look forward to my retirement. I can start to make plans to travel the world to do the things which I have not had the confidence to do before. I see it as having been given a new lease on life and I thank both Dr. B and Tullia for that!

Sussex UK
(Full Name and address supplied)

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Gastric Bypass Testimonial for France Surgery

A Gastric Bypass Surgery Testimonial


To Tullia Law,  Senior Co-ordinator Laser Clinics (France) Ltd

Surgery 23 rd January 2013

I had gastric bypass surgery 2 weeks ago, on 23rd January, 2013.

I am not one of these people who makes an instant decision about anything major that I decide to do, so I had throughly researched this option and along with the blessing of my Doctor, I decided this was the best cause of action for myself and that Laser Clinics (France) Ltd was the best company for me to use.

Even though I was morbidly obese, because I did not have any other health problems and according to my Doctor, due to where I live in the UK, there was no chance for me to have this surgery done on the NHS; leaving me with no option than to pay for this treatment myself. I looked into companies in the UK but they all wanted upwards of £10 - £11,000 so I decided the other option was to go abroad to have this surgery.

Any qualms I had about leaving the country for this treatment, where put to rest, firstly by the amazing support I received from a lady called Tullia Law, who remained in contact via e-mail and phone leading up to my surgery, during my surgery in France and who has remained in touch since I returned home, to check to see how I am getting on. Knowing that there is someone on the other end of the phone should you need some support was a big comfort.

My husband (who hates hospitals, needles, etc) decided to be very brave and to accompany me to France. We made our travel arrangements and let Tullia know when we would be arriving. Before leaving the UK, I already had my itinerary of what would be happening and when, the hospital and Doctor's details, which again, made me feel happier about the whole thing.

We arrived in Le Havre on Monday 21st January and decided to walk to our hotel which was about a 10-15 minute walk from the ferry port. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we were made to feel welcome and everything went like clockwork. They were expecting us, everything was ready and they had all the details, with regards to taxis and timings - again, this made me very happy as I knew that everything had been well organised.

We were picked up by taxi and taken to the hospital that afternoon, to meet Dr B. (who spoke excellent English), the Anaethetist, and other hospital staff. I had to have a blood test and Dr B went through what he would be doing and then asked if we had any questions, which we did not, as we had been given all of the information we required before leaving the UK. The taxi took us back to the hotel and we relaxed and went out for a nice meal in the evening.

The following day, a taxi arrived on time to take us back to the hospital and I had to have an endoscopy - not a particularly nice procedure - but again, the Doctor who performed it and the Nurses that assisted him, could not have been kinder nor more professional. My husband sat in the waiting room and said I was only 5 minutes but trust me, it felt a lot longer than that to me!!! Again, a taxi took us back to the hotel and we wandered round and had lunch.

The next morning, a taxi picked us up at 6:45 am and took us to the hospital where staff were waiting for us and were efficiently checked in to a lovely room with a private bathroom and twin beds so he was able to stay with me the whole time, which was lovely for me.

Everything was handled competently and I had the surgery which took just over 2 hours and I was back in my room about 5 hours after leaving it. The staff were brilliant and Dr B came to see me to say that all had gone well and that he would be back to check on me in a few days. The worst thing on that day was the feeling of wanting to be sick, but that was due to the anesthetic and once they found an anti-nausea drug that worked, that stopped which was a huge relief.

I was on a drip, with pain killers, fluids and when necessary, anti-nausea medication, but by the Thursday evening, I was starting to feel much better and the staff were very good - my husband was also well looked after, although he kept disappearing every time there was something involving needles, etc.!!

After having X-rays to ensure that everything was working as it should be on the Friday morning and after a visit from Dr B to check I was ok, we were taken back to our hotel by taxi.

Dr B came to our hotel on the Saturday morning to show my husband how to give me an anti-coagulation injection in my stomach (even though both myself and my husband knew that he would be the last person in the world to get that close to a needle). It was very simple as it was a regulated dose and I managed to give myself the injection once but my daughter did the others - I had to have this for 10 days and had the last injection on Monday night which I'm pleased about as I was beginning to feel a bit like a pin cushion!!

They gave me a list of vitamins and minerals, etc that I needed to take when I left the hospital and that I need to take for the next 5 years. Although they gave me a French website where I could purchase these, I found all of these in A-Z of Multivitamins and Iron from Sainsburys, but I'm sure that Boots and other places also do these.

The only other follow-up treatment I need is to have a blood test every 6 months to ensure that my vitamin and mineral levels are what they should be, but I can honestly say that considering this was only done 2 weeks ago,I feel amazingly well and I have now lost 23 lbs which is fantastic, though I have been strictly following what I can eat and as long as I stick to easy to digest food, I have no problems.

For anyone that is considering this option and using this company, I can only tell you about my personal experience, but I would have no hesitation in recommending this company and would like to thank everyone, especially Tullia and Dr B for all of their help and support.

Karen T

(full name and address supplied and available on request)

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Gastric Band Surgery Candidates

Gastric Band Surgery Candidates

Gastric band surgery is right for you, however, there are some criteria that most Doctors use when making that decision.

In a recent interview with a bariatric lap band surgeon in Belgium, he told me that he concluded that this was probably due to the fact that there had recently been more discussion on Obesity and the way it effects individuals lives. He additionally said that another reason for the escalation in request from Great Britain was because of the extended waiting time for obesity surgery on the NHS since the recent cut backs announced by the Government in the UK.

These Cut backs are now making a big difference to the availability of all types of weight loss surgery, especially gastric band and gastric bypass surgery as these were expensive to conduct in UK Hospitals.

With the ever ever increasing ease of access from most parts of Great Britain, it now makes it perfectly acceptable to travel to Belgium at a legitimate cost.

Many of the clinics specialising in lap band surgery in Private hospitals In Belgium and France are experiencing an Increase in lap band Surgery requests from Great Britain and because Belgium and France are convenient locations and have easy access from many UK airports, Cross Chanel ferries or rail networks, including the Chanel tunnel. This means that travelers can gain access to France and Belgium by most methods of transport. With the advent of Low cost direct flights to many Cities in Europe flying to local airports in Belgium has become especially attractive.

There are also many hospitals in France such as Calais, Normandy, Paris, and even as far afield as Nice which welcome visitors from Great Britain and Ireland.

All of the Surgeons in the these European Hospitals are Highly Qualified and welcome visitors from the UK and Ireland who are highly motivated to follow the diet and fitness guidelines that accompany gastric lap band surgery for long-term weight loss.

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Gastric ByPass Testimonial from Sam T to Tullia Law

Testimonial to Tullia Law Gastric-Bypass-surgery

Dated 25 Feb 2011

Hi Tullia

Just a few words to thank you for all your help and support towards my Gastric By-pass surgery.

I had the surgery on 25/10/2010 with a pre-op weight of 269lbs and now weigh 215 lbs on 24/02/2011.

Before the surgery I was Type 1 diabetic using 300+ units of Insulin and 2000mg of Metformin daily to try and control my Diabetes, without much success I may add.

Since the day of the operation I have not needed any Insulin at all and only use up to 1000g (2 tablets) of Metformin, this alone justifies wholly the operation never mind the added bonus of losing weight..being a lot to now buy clothes off the peg and knowing they will probably fit (well mostly, still some strange sizes out there lol)

I cannot praise the medical care I received enough in Belguim, the surgeons and medical staff could not do any more to make me feel at ease before and after surgery, even to the point of visits to my hotel after leaving hospital and phone calls when I returned home....try getting that with Private care (in the UK) never mind the NHS in the UK.

Tullia Law alone deserves special praise for supporting me and organising everything despite having a very personal bereavement during the time leading up to my operation.

Due to my bank 'losing' my initial fund transfer I ended up having to pay twice to ensure my desired date was booked and have to thank Tullia for the prompt repayment to my account as soon as the missing money turned up in their account ( 2 weeks much for banking efficiency ).

In short my experience has been very favourable and have no reservations recommending this to anyone.

Best regards

Sam T
(full name and address supplied)

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Gastric Band Surgery Enquiries Increase in Belgium

Many private health clinics in Belgium are receiving an increase in requests for information for obesity surgery such as gastric band surgery and gastric bypass surgery from people in many parts of the UK and Ireland since the UK Government recently announced it was considering cutting back on these types of surgery to save money for the NHS.

It is assumed that this was due to the recent increase in publicity on the cutbacks, and in particular with respect to Obesity and the effect that it has on people’s lives in general. Another possibility for the increase in request from the UK could also be because of the lengthy waiting time for gastric band surgery on the NHS in many parts of the UK.


With the increased ease of access from most areas of the UK, it now makes it perfectly acceptable and cost effective to travel to Belgium at a reasonable cost.

Many of the hospitals which specialise in gastric band surgery and other types of obesity surgery in Belgium are in convenient locations close to airports or rail networks. This means that travelers are able to use a variety of methods of transport, and because many local area airports in the UK now offer direct flights to airports in Belgium this has become especially attractive. There are also many hospitals and Clinics in Belgium, especially in the Brussels area,

Because of this new ease of access to Belgium and other European Cities visitors can benefit from the lower costs of obesity surgery in offered in Belgium, with Gastric Bands Surgery and Gastric by-pass Surgery being the most popular choices.

We also discovered that most of the Medical and Professional Qualifications of the Obesity surgeons who carry out these procedures in Belgium are also registered to practice in the UK.  Belgian Hospitals also Benefits from what is considered by many to be one of the best Health Care Service providers in the Western World.

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Private Clinics in Belgium have recently seen an increase in requests for cosmetic surgery from people from the UK and Ireland,

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, and tummy tucks.

In a recent Interview with an Obesity surgeon in Belgium, he said that he thought that this was due to the fact that there had recently been more publicity on Obesity and how it effects peoples lives. He also said that another possiblity for the increase in request from the UK was because of the lengthy waiting time for gastric band surgery on the NHS.

Private Clinics in Belgium have recently seen an increase in requests for cosmetic surgery from people from the UK and Ireland,

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