Professor Koshima gave us a lesson not only on lymphedema surgery but also on humility and hard work. While being one of the world’s most renown microsurgeons Professor Koshima is one of the most humble people I have ever met. His office door has just a piece of paper with his name on it instead of posh golden plate and the room was nothing more than work-dedicated space. The rule for trainees in his department is they all should be willing to become the best microsurgeons in the world. When we had dinner at 9pm they all ordered a large cup of coffee and I knew what it was about as I was doing the same when I was a trainee. Are you going to the lab to start you microsurgical training? – they said. ‘We go every night’. It felt familiar, it is what i did back then. The difference was in my department it was only me staying over night for additional lab training and i was considered rather odd
Their skills are amazing, even the junior ones are so well trained. They are connecting the smallest vessels without any effort and so fast. The outcome of lymphedema treatment in their hands is amazing and I came back inspired and with even more confidence that I am doing the right thing offering lymphedema patients hope with surgical treatment.
GANGA HOSPITAL, INDIA
Ganga Hospital is well known for its enormous volume and endless queue of complex trauma cases. It did not disappoint my expectations. The working pattern, even for more senior consultants, is basically full time 7/7, i.e. non-stop. When they were starting their ward round for more than 100 patients at 9pm I was almost passing out from how tired I was. These people are amazing and watching them to do a replant is the same as seeing the bird flying, it so effortless and amazingly quick! The most complex cases look easy in their hands. The patients were another big impression. Compared to our folk who start complaining after 15 min waiting in OPC, these people because of their religious beliefs never complain. I have seen a 15 year old who lost her arm having all the replant whilst awake under block with her eyes open. I have seen so much suffering and pain and not a single complaint or tear. India, I respect you and your people deeply.
Receiving first national prize in Spain.
Receiving the First National Prize was quite an amazing event for me, as the Prize means not only national recognition, but also that I had to represent the country at the international congress. It was a very emotional and beautiful moment.
Visiting Island Hospital Penang in Malaysia.
The hospital itself is enormous and the Plastic Surgeons are working very hard with very limited resources. It was another opportunity to feel how lucky we are in UK with what we have got, compared to many other excellent professionals in other countries who work very hard in far more complex conditions.
OKINAVA, JAPAN, WORLD RECONSTRUCTIVE MICROSURGEY WRSM CONGRESS
Receiving training with Mitaka at the highest definition microscopes in Japan.
Elena was recommended to me and as soon as I met her I felt entirely comfortable. Her explanations made sense in terms of expectations. Having made the big decision I did feel nervous but had absolute trust and confidence in Elena. I knew I was in the best hands. Elena's team is so supportive, my questions were answered with patience and understanding. My care at the McIndoe Centre was excellent. I am five weeks post op for abdominoplasty and liposuction and last week. Quite amazing to see the before and after pictures! I am so pleased that I was fortunate enough to meet Elena and have no hesitation in recommending her.
SM – Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
I have been both physically and mentally uncomfortable in my body since I was 12. I was born with ‘breast mutation’ and I first had surgery to correct this through the NHS at 16 years old. The surgery I have had with Elena, 17 years later, has removed the NHS implants, one of which had ruptured, and completely altered the shape of my chest. By doing this she has made me look and feel like a woman for the first time in my life. She is at all times quietly kind and fiercely adept. A true artist. She has surrounded herself with the most wonderful team and I cannot thank them all enough for the new lease of life that I have been given.
EG – Removal & Replacement of Implants
I have been self conscious for the whole of my adult life and I cannot express how much this surgery has changed things for me. Both mentally and physically. I highly recommend Elena. She supported me throughout my journey from start to finish. Elena is very particular which for me is really important. Elena really took care of me from initial consultation right through to surgery and aftercare.My scaring is minimal and I am absolutely over the moon with my results. Thank you Elena!
JB – Breast Reduction
Elena is an OUTSTANDING surgeon. I had PIP implants and was looking to have them changed. I knew Elena was the surgeon to help, she put me at ease and explained my options. The lovely ladies in her office were helpful, I wanted to get sorted asap, when an alternative date was available contacted me straight away. I received outstanding care from start to finish from Elena, her team and the hospital. The aftercare is amazing, nothing is too much trouble, can call any time. I was so relaxed, I knew I was in great hands. The final results are fantastic. Elena has worked magic and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so glad I found her. I can’t thank her and her team enough.
LMS – implant Removal & Replacement
Had surgery with Elena in September, I was extremely anxious about the whole thing, but Elena and her whole team, from admin to the hospital staff were amazing with me and reassured me throughout my journey. I can not recommend Elena enough, and she has changed my life for the better! Already saving for my next operation with her!