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startingtolooklikemother Tue 03-Jan-17 15:00:00

I hate my mum tum, I hate the way it's like a spaniels ear and just looks crap. I've decided I want a tummy tuck and looked into it, it's £10k here and £3k overseas (Poland and Germany) am I insane for thinking of this as an option? Has anyone else gone abroad for nip/tuck

specialsubject Tue 03-Jan-17 15:37:32

have you also looked into the specialist travel insurance you will need for this?

lovelearning Tue 03-Jan-17 15:49:29

specialist travel insurance

For Poland and Germany?

EU Nationals in the UK are treated free on the NHS

Surely other EU countries reciprocate in this arrangement?

LosAngeles444 Tue 03-Jan-17 15:52:13

I know it's tempting to go abroad but I wouldn't take the risk in case anything goes wrong. I would have it here, not worth risking your health over imo

harderandharder2breathe Tue 03-Jan-17 16:02:21

The European Health Card entitles you to the same care as local residents would receive, so not free in most cases

You definitely absolutely need health insurance for any trip within Europe and if you're going for cosmetic surgery it will need to be specialist cover

PebbleInTheMoonlight Tue 03-Jan-17 16:05:31

What will happen in the event of an emergency? (eg bad reaction to anaesthetic...I had one despite being under GA more than once prior to problem)

How will you manage if it goes wrong?

What if English is not widely used in the clinic, how can you be confident that you understand and are understood?

How will you get home if you're in a lot more pain than expected?

Who do you expect to deal with complications? (I'm guessing our stretched NHS)

As another poster asked, what about the cost of specific insurance? (yes as current EU citizens we're entitled to the same treatment as locals, but that isn't necessarily great or cost free, plus if there are complications a medical transfer home costs a fortune)

I'm not trying to be a goading cow (what a mental image) or high and mighty but abdominal surgery even when routine is fairly high risk. Adding the wildcard of a foreign country just adds to the potential for anything going against plan being a massive deal instead.of an inconvenience.

These are genuine considerations I'd make and plan for in your position.

startingtolooklikemother Tue 03-Jan-17 16:46:52

Thanks MN I had considered specialist insurance and I'm planning on going somewhere where it's a short flight. It does worry me about the language, I wonder if there are any specialist travel agents that arrange this kind of stuff?

lovelearning Tue 03-Jan-17 17:07:54

What should I know about cosmetic surgery abroad?

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