How is Lipedema Surgically Treated?
Performed under local tumescent anesthesia (not general), Lipedemic fat is carefully removed using lymphatic-sparing (WAL) Water-Assisted Liposuction and (PAL) Power-Assisted Liposuction. Dr. Marcia V. Byrd, MD, of The Lipedema Surgery Center, specializes in the latest Lipedema-specific Liposuction techniques developed by Dr. Joseph Stutz of Germany.
What are the Benefits of Lipedema Surgery?
- Stop Disease Progression: By removing Lipedemic fat, the progression of the disease is halted and guards against the further development of a secondary disease called Lymphedema.
- Reduce Pain: Many patients experience a relief in Lipedema-related pain almost immediately after surgery.
- Increase Mobility: By reducing the size and swelling of lower limbs, patients mobility is improved allowing them to participate in a more active lifestyle.
- Enjoy a More Proportionate Body: Post surgery, the size of the lower body is more aligned with the size of the upper body. Clothes fit better and patient confidence gets a boost!
What Happens if Lipedema is Not Surgically Treated?
Lipedemic liposuction is not a cosmetic procedure but a medically necessary procedure to relieve pain and halt the progression of the disease. If not removed, Lipedemic fat continues to collect in the lower limbs and eventually accumulates in the upper arms and torso. As Lipedema progresses, pain and swelling increase, mobility declines, and blood circulation and lymphatic functions are compromised. See the Three Stages of Lipedema.
PRP Treatments for Knee Pain
For Lipedema patients experiencing knee pain, PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections utilize the healing power of a patient’s own platelets to repair tendons, ligaments and reduce joint pain. It’s a quick, simple procedure performed during a post-surgery check-up.