What Our Patients are Saying
In 2011 my physical therapist diagnosed me with lipedema, no doctor had suggested I actually had a disease other then obesity. So I started to do research and found out liposuction was the only current way to stop the progression of this disease. I started in search of someone who could perform WAL. Dr. Byrd kept coming to the top of the list of doctors who had performed a lot of these procedures (they always say choose someone who has performed the procedure a lot of times). So I contacted Dr. Byrd’s office, the staff was very pleasant and helpful; they set me up with a free consult with Dr. Byrd. When I spoke with Dr. Byrd I had a list of questions, most of which she answered in her initial introduction, the rest of them she answered completely and thoroughly. Dr. Byrd was extremely empathetic, kind, and gentle during our conversation. Next, I scheduled an appointment to have the procedure done, Selena made sure I understood the process that would occur to get me to the procedure. Tabetha, Dr. Byrd’s nurse called and thoroughly went over my medical history and answered any new questions I had. Then came the day of my procedure I was taken back and sedated, not put to sleep. During the entire procedure Dr. Byrd was very sensitive to any pain I might feel and took steps immediately to alleviate them. I walked out of the operating room and my husband drove me back to the hotel where I went to sleep. Dr. Byrd called later that day to check up on me. I had an appointment with her the following day, where she put stitches in any of the incisions that were still oozing. In 4 more days I had a second procedure pretty much the same process. I returned home 4 days after the second procedure. During my recovery I only required 2 extra strength Tylenol for discomfort. I was never in really any pain. Because I have many allergies to antibiotics Dr. Byrd did not start me on prophylactic antibiotics, we just watched for any signs of infection which there were none.
Getting the procedure done was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I can walk a mile now without any pain from my gait being thrown off because of the leg flaps at my knees (the knee flaps are gone), the ankle cuffs are gone, the saddle bags are gone; Dr. Byrd did such an awesome job on my legs I am not embarrassed to be seen in a bathing suit. After all the swelling went down I have lost 5 inches in the circumference of my calves and 6 inches in the circumference of my thighs. I am not looking forward to my last two procedures because of the recovery, but, I would not have anyone but Dr. Byrd perform them. Not only is her bedside manner AWESOME, but, her surgical technique is excellent. I will recommend her to everyone with lipedema looking for liposuction.
I would like to thank Dr. Byrd and her wonderful staff (Tabetha, Selena & Rhonda) for all the wonderful help they gave me during my Lipodema surgeries. I am from Missouri and the trip was long, but well worth it. Dr. Byrd went above and beyond to treat me and was willing to take my phone calls at any hour. If you are having problems with Lipodema, I highly recommend contacting Dr. Byrd and her staff. They are a Godsend and so professional. Thanks for giving me back my quality of life.
In April 2014 I was diagnosed with a rare adipose disease called lipedema, after suffering from it for the past 10 years; I immediately started on the road to being treated with a special kind of liposuction called WAL (Water-Jet Assisted Liposuction). This form of liposuction is lymph sparing and is the only kind that should be used on lipedema patients. After researching, I realized there were only a few doctors in the country trained on this type of procedure and this led me to Dr. Marcia Byrd. I had a consultation with Dr. Byrd in June and I left her office so excited for my surgery. I immediately knew I was in the right hands. She was so kind and passionate about helping me and took the time to listen to every single question I had regardless of the fact that she had a full day of patients ahead of her. When I finally came down to have my surgery in August, I was treated amazingly by the staff and Dr Byrd did a fabulous job on my arms! She did such a amazing job that I am choosing to drive to Georgia for the rest of my surgeries instead of having my surgeries in NYC, even though I live in NJ. But you have to go to the doctor you are most comfortable with and that is Dr Byrd. What really won me over about her, as if everything else hadn’t already, was that on the night of my surgery while lying in the hotel room resting, she called me on my cell phone to make sure that I was ok and was comfortable! I can’t say enough nice things about her and her staff and I wish I lived closer so I could see them more often! *+
JV, New Jersey
In 2003 I self diagnosed myself with lipi-lymphedema, I gained 250 pounds in one year. I was clueless as to why and started searching on the internet for edema and fat legs. I found a girl that looked just like me and started going to physical therapy for Manual Lymph drainage and compression wrapping. I did not lose much size during this time, I also went on many low carb diets, a medical liquid diet and lost only 15 pounds of fat. My therapist didn’t know much about lipedema so I went on the next 6 years treating my weight gain as lymphedema. I went through 6 different treatments of the massage and wrapping, a flexitouch pump and nothing helped to no avail. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2009 in which I lost about 300 pounds of non lipedema fat but was left with significant fat in my arms, legs, buttocks, stomach and back. I thankfully found the US lipedema sisters forum on Facebook and saw that they had a surgery in Germany called WAL- water assisted liposuction to aid in stopping the progression of lipedema so I started researching and found Dr Byrd. After going to Dr. Herbst in Arizona for a formal diagnosis, I then drove from Virginia to meet Dr. Byrd one on one after a phone consult and several emails. She is an amazing, compassionate and patient minded doctor. I immediately felt safe with her, and that she wanted to do anything and everything possible to help people like me. She was confident that she could improve my body cosmetically as well as my gait and the way I walk. After three surgeries with her, my life has improved, and my health is continuously getting better. She is incredibly kind and caring and called and texted me multiple times after surgery to check in on me. That is very rare now-a-days. I now need about 5 more surgeries to help stop the progression and will be going back to her for everyone. I recommend her to anyone and everyone that I can. *+
I first learned of Dr. Byrd at the FDRS conference in September of 2014. At the time, I was a 39 year old with stage one (bordering stage 2) lipedema. I had the classic presentation of the signs – “cuffs” around the upper arms above the elbow and thick, column-like legs with tiny feet. The lipedema was most apparent around the ankle area. I completed three surgeries in the months of March, April and May of 2015. Dr. Byrd’s office was welcoming, and her staff is warm, knowledgeable and throughout the entire process.
Dr. Byrd has a warm presence and concern for her patients which makes her a very special doctor. She knows she isn’t dealing with vanity, and truly wants to help people suffering from lipedema improve the quality of their lives. She is well versed in plastic surgery, well trained specifically in the lipedema surgery (by Dr. Josef Stutz), and is more than competent in her skills. Dr. Byrd made this journey possible for me, and has given me the gift of better health. If you have this condition, and are considering doing something about it to prolong your life and its quality, I strongly recommend Dr. Marcia Byrd. *+
Dr. Marcia Byrd and her team of experts care for patients throughout the United States, Canada, 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!