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Lipedema and Joint Complications

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Patients that suffer from lipedema often experience joint pain in the hips, knees, and ankles due to the excessive weight of fat and fluid accumulation. Over a period of time, normal posture is compromised as the body attempts to adjust to a more comfortable position when walking or at rest. This abnormal adjustment places pressure on the joints and soft tissue resulting in pain with inflammation.

Common Symptoms

  • Feeling of heaviness in the legs
  • Swollen legs caused by long periods of standing or sitting
  • Painful knees
  • Considerable pain in the legs
  • Painful sensitivity to the touch
  • Lymph blockage that leads to a hardening of tissue (induration)
  • Degenerative changes in the joints due to wrongly placed stress and excess weight


The only treatment that appears to be effective in reducing the build-up of fatty tissue associated with lipedema is a procedure called Water-Jet Assisted Liposuction (WAL). This procedure can be an effective treatment with good results, but several separate operations may be necessary to remove the fat from the different parts of your body. Learn more+

Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts care for patients throughout the United States and abroad. Locally, Dr. Byrd services the North Atlanta, GA area including Roswell GA, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you suspect that you suffer from Lipedema, call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!