What patients say about me
Here are some of the comments I have received in the last few years from patients I have looked after and also from Plastic Surgery trainees in my NHS team who I have trained and mentored. I very much appreciate their kind words and have ensured that they are all happy for me to repeat them here.
“It has been a privilege to be your SHO and to learn from you. I can only hope that I one day emulate the high standards to which you hold yourself and others when delivering care for your patients”
“You are truly a remarkable man. You give us support, time, your expertise, you are very unique. You will always be a big part in our lives. We cannot find the words to express how we feel”
“I would like to thank you for what you have done on my face. Every scar is healing so well. You did a brilliant job. I was so nervous about the procedure but you made me feel fine”
“Mr Budny, I am writing to offer my thanks for the outstanding care I received throughout my recent diagnosis and subsequent treatment. I really appreciate how helpful you all were and the attention and kindness shown by you and your team made a big difference”
“I would like to just say what an absolute pleasure it has been working for you. I was particularly impressed by your management style and, as a trainee, your exceptional surgical mentorship. I have worked for many people over the past few years but the individual and special care you give to each and every patient is something I would like to emulate as a consultant”
“I really like my ears now and the whole experience was much easier than I'd thought.”
“I became really self-conscious about my ears at primary school as people were always commenting on them. At the end of Year 6 I decided I wanted to have an operation so they didn't stick out so much. I wasn't worried about the thought of the operation - just a bit nervous, but the desire to have it done overtook everything.
My Mum took me to see our GP to talk about it and she recommended Mr Budny. She knew of him and operations he had done in the past and thought he would be the man for the job.
The consultation was really good. Mr Budny told me about the options and what the operation would involve and what to expect. He made me feel better about everything. He made it safe. My Mum particularly liked that he directed the conversation to me and made sure the operation was something I really wanted.
After the consultation I was even more sure I wanted the surgery and was quite excited. I didn't have to wait long for the operation. It was booked for the start of the summer holidays to allow time for healing before I went on my holiday so I could go swimming and well before I started at secondary school in the September.
On the day of the operation I was more excited than anything else - my ears were going to be good! I was taken to my own room by a lovely nurse and the anaesthetist came to visit me, so I knew who would be dealing with what. After the operation, I woke up back in my room and didn't have any pain at all - nothing! We went home soon after - it was all over and done with in a couple of hours.
About 10 days later I went back to the hospital so the nurses could remove the little bonnet I'd had to wear to keep things clean and then the tape on each ear. It was so weird to see them in the right place! They looked a little bruised but it was mainly the colour of the antiseptic put on before the operation to prevent infection. The scars are hidden behind the ear so you can't see them at all. Once the ears are no longer stuck to your head with the tape they come out a little more so they look natural. I really liked them and was so happy. Having the operation is the best thing I have done.”
“I'm glad to have been able to thank you personally for everything you did for my wife when she was your patient. I now realise more than ever that your expertise and dedication gave us an extra year together that we would not have enjoyed had she not been referred to you”
“The operation has really changed my wife's life, she is bubbling with confidence. Your talent, skills and kindness are forever remembered in our hearts”
“We thank you for the care and dedication you have given to our son since you took over the cleft care at Stoke Mandeville. We remember the time you sat on his bed after ward round for over an hour just to clean the dry blood off his lips. There are very few doctors at the top of their profession who would give up their time to do that just because the patient was scared”
“I felt compelled to write to thank you for the unbelievably painless surgery you administered on me. Thank you most profoundly for your great kindness to the aged. Ageism crops up far too often. I realise how lucky I am to be under your care”