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In this newsletter update, we’ll explore with you what we’ve been up to over the last month, as we hear from some past clients, take a look at the medical tourism industry & more..

Hello & welcome back to another update from The Health Store Turkey. Over the last month we have had a busy time looking after our clients as they arrive in Turkey to undergo many of our various treatments, From dental to gastric to aesthetics.

In November we also travelled to Ireland and the UK to hold five full consultation days in which I had the wonderful opportunity to reconnect with past patients of ours and hear their stories about recovery and life after treatment. This is always a rewarding part of the work we do as we get to see how our treatments really transform the lives of our patients. In other news, we have had a very busy month in both our hospitals in Fethiye and Izmir, bringing in many new patients and carrying out their treatments whilst ensuring their safety and comfort at all times.

As we continue to grow we focus our efforts on ensuring that we select the highest quality team members to give our clients the safest and best possible experience they can have with us. This being said, we have decided to expand our team in Fethiye. To harbour the best connections possible in Turkey, the UK and Ireland, we are aiming to focus on creating new opportunities for careers at The Health Store Turkey. If you have an interest in connecting with us, contact us on info@thehealthstoreturkey.com!

 

Kind Regards,

 

Nihal.

Meet Rochelle, whose life has been transformed since having her sleeve with The Health Store Turkey.

I decided to go for a Gastric Sleeve as my weight had gotten to the point that it had completely spiralled out of control, I was 16 stone at only 5 feet. I was in an abusive relationship for 10 years and I turned to food as a comfort. Once I was strong enough to get out of that toxic environment, I focused on my kids and worked fixing myself mentally. After that I started to think about my physical appearance. At a size 20-22 I was so embarrassed by the way I looked and would constantly hide away not wanting to be seen by anyone. My friend Val suggested that we should book to get a gastric sleeve after seeing people we know go over and get it done and they all looked fantastic! I certainly didn’t want to get left behind haha! Val and I had been back and forward to slimming clubs for years, always starting a new diet once Monday came but the weight never came off. So off me and Val booked up, saved our money and away we went, and we have never looked back since.

My experience with The Health Store Turkey was Fantastic. From the moment we were picked up in the airport until the moment we left the hospital the staff were amazing. I was made to feel at ease with everything and everything was very well explained to me. My surgery was very straightforward, no complications and no pains either. I was a little bit tender for a couple of days which is to be expected. I was up and about walking round the hospital a few hours after my surgery too. 

My life has changed so much for the better since my sleeve! Obviously, I feel healthier. I am able to walk now without being out of breath but the main changing point for me is I am now for the 1st time in my life confident in my own skin. I now weigh 8 stone and I am a size 8. I have that much confidence now that I took a massive step in my life to leave my full-time job and go study at college to pursue a career in social work. I would never have done anything like this before. I have a newfound love for shopping, nights out and taking selfies haha it feels good looking in the mirror and liking what I see back.

If I were to speak to anyone else out there considering the sleeve, I would say, 100% it will be the best thing you ever do for yourself. I often get messages through my weight loss account on Instagram asking me questions and I tell them all the same thing: do it, take your life back!

The leading medical research publisher and nonprofit PLOS has published a new study  demonstrating the safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery for patients with obesity and severe type 2 diabetes.

Although there is a wide consensus in the global medical community about the benefits of weight loss surgery in reducing diabetes symptoms, there has been some uncertainty about whether the surgery is safe and effective for patients with more severe symptoms who require insulin treatment.

The study establishes that bariatric surgery can dramatically reduce or resolve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in obesity patients, enabling many patients the chance at life free of the medications they thought they would always be tied down to, although important to note that previous smaller studies have indicated that patients with highly advanced diabetes who are insulin-dependent may not achieve disease reversal with bariatric surgery.

However, the current extensive research study shows that even patients with severe diabetes who need a daily dose of insulin injections will benefit from weight loss surgery for their disease alleviation. Moreover, the patient healthcare costs over the years are likely to substantially decrease because of the reduced expenditure on diabetes oral medications and injections.

Researchers analysed comprehensive clinical data of patients who were suffering from obesity and insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetes who underwent weight loss surgery between 2009 and 2017. The data was obtained from the NBSR (National Bariatric Surgical Registry) in the UK.

According to the researchers, the most important finding of the clinical study was that within one year after their bariatric surgery, many patients were able to achieve insulin cessation. Researchers also determined specific benefits to the patients in terms of improved quality of life and reduced economic costs of their medical care over the next five years.

My journey..

It’s been 3 years since my gastric sleeve surgery and I’ve lost over 15 stone. My life has completely changed. Right now, I am the happiest version of me I’ve ever been.

Myself and Ally were working in the beauty industry and we saw how medical tourism was changing lives! We wanted to be in this industry and we both wanted a gastric sleeve so Ally began researching the options and I continued to run our salon . 

After several months of research we began visiting a few places to check out if they were as good as they looked on social media and websites etc . We travelled to Latvia , Bulgaria , Poland but there was always something that wasn’t right, it just didn’t feel good , language barriers , environments , cleanliness, staffing etc. Through Ally’s research we discovered Turkey was developing a great reputation for medical tourism. It also seemed a better option as British people are very familiar with Turkey and are a huge part of the country’s tourism industry. 

So we decided after further research and discussion to book our surgeries in Turkey. We then really worked very hard bringing this to our client base and our social media platforms to make people aware this was a safe and affordable option. Within a few months we were sending our clients to Turkey for these life changing procedures. 

I got a phone call in our salon in December 2019 from Nihal asking to meet with us. She was heading to Scotland for the new year which seemed ideal so we invited her to the salon on Hogmanay (Scottish new year’s eve) to chat … I’m not going to lie, I was a bit sceptical as to whether we could work together. Mostly because me and Ally had only ever worked with each other.. Also we had been receiving lots of messages from other hospitals and agencies asking the same thing but we felt Nihal was different because she was in the UK and prepared to meet face to face, which was a big thing for us!

Nihal came along on Hogmanay , unfortunately Ally couldn’t make it as one of her boys was unwell so it was just me . After a few hours of chat I thought “we could do this!” We could work together but Ally needed to feel the same so we arranged to meet again on 4th January and that was it we started working together almost immediately, helping amazing people from all over the UK access these life changing surgeries with The Health Store Turkey.

What we do now is incredible. What we’ve achieved together is almost unbelievable! Just looking at where we started, with so many sleepless nights and almost 24/7 work days, weeks and months. It is just amazing.

We’ve developed a private support group for all of the clients who were planning to have/did have these life changing procedures that is incomparable to any others out there & we’ve made friends with so many amazing people. I feel so humble that so many people have put their trust in us to be with them in these life changing journeys and we are very fortunate that they continue to recommend us and refer people to us and most importantly participate in the private group.

Damla 

Meet Damla! Damla is a very important member of our team who is responsible for videography at The Health Store Turkey. She is always working hard to capture the work that we do so that we can share it with all of you! Thank you to Damla for all of her hard work & video creations.

Although the winter months in Turkey are usually when people retreat to their homes and the streets are empty, if you want to spend time on the busy streets and get a true taste of Turkey, an absolute must is a visit to Alsancak. Alsancak, located in the centre of Izmir, is always bursting with life, regardless of the season, time, day or night. Kıbrıs Şehitleri (Cyprus Martyrs’) street, Alsancak’s most popular street, where you can find whatever you are looking for, is always full of people. With its shops, cafes, restaurants, famous patisseries, bars, exhibitions and museums, 

Alsancak, with its lively atmosphere and myriad of sights and smells, could pull you in for hours without you even realising. Kordon Boyu offers a different atmosphere with its street vendors selling chestnut kebab, boza, sahlep and popcorn. If you want, you can take a walk or do sports in the wide beach area or sit in a cafe and enjoy watching the sea and passers-by. Alsancak, which has many cultural centres and galleries, also draws attention as the centre of cultural activities. Whether it is summer or winter, you will not be bored in Alsancak, on the contrary, you will have a pleasant day discovering new places and flavours.