Spire Bushey Hospital’s David Floyd performed tummy tuck op
5:20pm Tuesday 3rd April 2012 in News by Amie Mulderrig
a consultant plastic surgeon from a Bushey hospital was thrust into the limelight yesterday evening, after appearing on television show Embarrassing Bodies.
David Floyd, from Spire Bushey Hospital in Heathbourne Road, performed tummy tuck surgery on the Channel 4 programme last night.
his patient, 35-year-old Helen Formoy from Amersham, turned to the show after experiencing stomach problems.
the mother-of-two said: “After my first child was delivered by C section, the muscles in my tummy area were supposed to fuse together, but they didn’t.
“As a result I ended up looking constantly pregnant, even though I wasn’t.
“When it came to eating food I could see it being digested as the skin covering my stomach was all that was really protecting my organs.
“So when doctors pressed down on my tummy, they could practically put their hands into my stomach.
“It really hindered my life, I could still get into my jeans, but couldn’t wear nice fitted tops. plus, people would ask when I was due, it really knocked my confidence.
“I could find no-one to talk to about this problem so had to turn to Embarrassing Bodies.”
mrs Formoy met Embarrassing Bodies resident GP Dr Jessen to discuss the problems she had been experiencing with her stomach. following Dr Jessen’s advice, she visited mr Floyd where he performed abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery.
He said: “During her pregnancies Helen developed dramatic muscle separation that left her looking six months pregnant.
“This problem can only be corrected with surgery. during an abdominoplasty an incision is made across the lower abdomen in the bikini line.
“The abdominal skin is lifted up to allow repair of the separated abdominal muscles. this flattens off the ‘pot-belly’ appearance.
“The excess skin is then removed to achieve a smooth contour. a one night in hospital and ten days off work for recovery is usual.”
following the surgery mrs Formoy said she has been given a new lease of life.
she said: “I didn’t want to have to turn to a television programme for treatment, but I hit a wall, I couldn’t find anyone to help me.
“I like to think that my appearance could help anyone watching with the same problem, who doesn’t know what to do.
“The surgery was successful and I’m now enjoying life, I can’t thank mr Floyd or the programme enough.
“Simple things, such as hugging my children, I can now do, because I don’t have this big stomach in the way.”
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