A Down woman received emergency treatment after a botched operation in Turkey


A Co Down woman has warned of the dangers of traveling abroad for cosmetic surgery after requiring emergency treatment following surgery in Turkey.

Odyssey Michelle Heath, 40, from Dundonald, traveled to Istanbul to slough off excess skin after an impressive ten stone weight loss achieved through diet and fitness.

Surgeries in Turkey are often much cheaper than in the UK and hundreds of people are now choosing to travel for hair transplants, dental veneers and other cosmetic procedures.

Michelle’s entire treatment was to include a leg and back lift, with flights, transfers and five nights’ hotel accommodation costing £4,625 for the package.

Speaking to Sky News, Michelle said: “When I was bodybuilding I noticed my back sagged. My inside legs were hanging over my knees. And it was not only ugly, but also painful.”

She added: “Of every little surgery that has been done on me, none of them have worked.”

In addition to removing loose skin, the surgeons performed liposuction and fat injections, procedures that had not been discussed at previous consultations.

It appeared that Michelle had received a Brazilian butt lift, a popular surgery that removes fat from the stomach, flank or thighs and then injects it into the buttocks to add volume.

Complications can include infections, blood clots, and even heart problems that can be fatal.

After the surgery, Michelle was unimpressed with her aftercare.

Despite the planned two-day stay, doctors discharged Michelle the day immediately after her surgery.

The pain was so severe that she could not sit on a toilet, urinated herself, and passed out in front of a doctor.

With no hospital transfer available, she made her way back to the hotel only to find that there was no room for her. After an argument with the hotel staff, Michelle knew she had to go home.

On her arrival in Northern Ireland, a surgical nurse advised her to go straight to the emergency room.

An extensive stay at Ulster Hospital followed, with surgeons working hard to save Michelle’s legs.

“My legs were necrotic. They needed debridement. And then a week later the back had opened up, so I needed bigger skin grafts,” said Ms. Heath.

Debridement is a medical procedure that removes all infected and necrotic tissue. This is an essential procedure for wounds that are locked in the initial healing phase.

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, a total of 324 people have required further treatment after returning to the UK over the last four years.

The figures also suggest that 44% more people needed corrective action with the NHS after traveling abroad for an operation compared to last year. This despite existing travel warnings due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

“I’m not proud to be a burden on the NHS… but I feel the NHS should have sorted this out for me,” she added.

https://www.independent.ie/news/down-woman-underwent-emergency-treatment-after-botched-surgery-in-turkey-41557248.html A Down woman received emergency treatment after a botched operation in Turkey

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