Considering Cosmetic Surgery Abroad? | It’s Not Worth The Risk! | Real Patient Experience

Considering Cosmetic Surgery Abroad? | It’s Not Worth The Risk! | Real Patient Experience


– So, this is Toya. You’ve been my patient now for… – A long time. – [Man] Five, six years, probably? Something like that, at least? – I had been here a lot, many,
many, many times, just to ask questions and for consultations
because I wasn’t very sure that I wanted to do anything. I was very nervous. When I met you, I was
like, that’s the guy. – We were hoping you would
tell us your most recent story about traveling and cosmetic surgery. – So, my best friend
was going out of country to have cosmetic surgery
done, and I was going with her to translate, because
she didn’t speak Spanish. She said, well, you should
do it, too, since we’re here, let’s just get it done together. I didn’t wanna do it, I’d
rather have it done here, but I was like, well, I am
here, how hard could it be? It’s not gonna be that hard. I was wrong. I was very wrong. We both had the exact
same procedures done, by the same person, on the
same day, and we ended up with almost identical complications. I had a really bad infection,
which caused seromas, which led to more surgeries,
and it was just one complication after another. While I was there, we just did
not have the aftercare that she initially thought that
she was going to have. She was told one thing
and she received another. I also received what she
received, because we ended up doing the same thing. Our recovery home was not the
one that we thought we were gonna have, we didn’t have the
type of bed that we thought we were gonna have, we thought
we would have hospital beds, which, obviously is a
lot easier to recover, and if you have abdominal
surgery, you have zero strength or power in your abdomen
afterwards, but we didn’t, we had regular flat beds. Fortunately for me, I ended up
talking to someone, and I had a lot of supplies, like, a lot. But I was able to do that
because I was able to communicate with people down there. She didn’t have any, so we
ended up sharing, I split what I had with her. But once we went through that,
that was it, we didn’t have, they didn’t have the proper
bandages, they didn’t have the proper antibacterial
soap and things that you need in order to keep the incision
clean, and it was just so bad. The doctor visited us once. So, after, I think probably
maybe four or five days, I just said, enough is
enough, I can’t deal with this anymore, so I got us a hotel
at a Marriott by the beach, and we split everything down
the middle, we shared the room, we got a private nurse, and
everything was much better. The private nurse, she did
everything for us, she did pharmacy runs for us, that
was better, but we’re still on our own, we are not doctors. We did that for a couple
days and then we went home. Going home was torture, because,
again, you’re by yourself. I managed to get us transportation
to the airport, which was fine, but once you get to the
airport, it was kinda surreal, it was like a movie, where
there are just people, women, lined up in wheelchairs,
just one chair after another. – Really? – And everyone is sitting
there, in a wheelchair, at the airport, so you know
what everyone is there for, they obviously have had some
sort of surgical procedure. And there is a paper document
that the doctor has to sign in order to let you leave the country. If you don’t have that paper,
you can’t leave, and good luck in trying to let you leave
if you don’t speak Spanish and you can’t communicate with them to either let you call your doctor. I was sitting next to a girl who, she didn’t have that paper. I had the paper, my friend
had the paper, she didn’t have her paper, they forgot to give it to her, and it’s five o’clock in the morning. So she’s calling her doctor’s
office, no one’s answering, her plane is leaving in an hour or two, she’s in a wheelchair, she
can’t walk, she can’t run, she can’t jump in a cab
or anything like that. – How long till you
started having more issues? – Probably about three days. I get back and I am in a
ridiculous amount of pain because the pain medication that they
give you is not like the pain medication we have here. Here, you take pain
medication, your pain is gone. There, it doesn’t even take the edge off. I still had a drain, but my
drain came out, because I had an infection so my body was
getting rid of the drain, and that started almost a
year’s worth of back-and-forth to a doctor and surgery to
reopen everything, so I think I had four surgeries here
to get rid of seromas, various seromas, various
infections, and that was hard. It was rough. – And so, you and I linked up again, like nine months after your… And you were still having issues. – Yes. – Even better, the bigger
seromas had evacuated and things, but you were still having
some little draining areas where there were, what we
suspected were some internal sutures that they had left
behind, that had gotten infected and as long as you have that
suture in there, the infection will never clear. – I know what I feel like in
my body every day, and I know that I’m not making this up. Something is wrong. But, according to them, no. You’re fine, you’re just
having a slight reaction. – And how long has it been
since we went in, you and I, and we took out the stitches? – This week makes four weeks, I think. I feel like, back to normal,
it’s 100%, 1000% better. I don’t have any problems,
I don’t have any pain. – What advice do you
give people that ask you about cosmetic surgery and traveling? – It’s just not worth it, it’s not. Here in the United States, we have laws, we have regulations, and
there’s a reason for that. Because, when you don’t have
boundaries, when you don’t have structure, limitations,
regulations, this is what happens. People can just go crazy,
and there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t take this guy to court, you can’t sue his practice. Everything that you see online
is not necessarily true, and there are people who
are being promised things, or sometimes even paid money
to say things or to represent themselves in a certain way,
but it’s not always true. – Yeah, and I think that goes
for anyone traveling anywhere. – Yeah, anywhere. – There’s surgeons in DER
that I’m sure do a great job, but anywhere that you’re
going that you’re gonna have one or two weeks only of
followup, and we do it, too, we have patients that come
here to have surgery and they want to go somewhere else,
and we try to tell them, you need to be around for a couple weeks, or you need to be able to get back, because that window of
complications, yeah, you know a lot of stuff, if
someone’s gonna bad you know it in the first week, a lot of
stuff, but you don’t know it all until you really get
out to a couple months. – Yeah, and you have questions. – You wanna have someone
nearby to help and answer questions and just in case. – I call here with small
questions that I’m sure that your staff gets all the time,
and they’re like oh, no, that’s normal, do A, B,
and C, and you’ll be fine, if it doesn’t work, call us back. – Well thank you for
sharing your story with us. – You’re welcome. – Yeah, we appreciate it, and
there will be someone else out there that will hear it
and get something out of it. – I hope so. (bouncy music)

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