This 61 year old patient says her Lipoedema journey began when she was a teenager.
Although a very active teen, her ‘pear’ shape never changed – thin at the top with larger thighs. It was put down to family genetics. As the years passed and she had children, she says her shape just expanded. Despite eating well and exercising regularly, she went from a size 10-12 as a teen, to a size 16-18 in her sixties.
Liposuction was undertaken in her forties in an attempt to bring her lower half in proportion with her top half. However, she wasn’t aware at the time that her condition was the result of Lipoedema. Following menopause, she says it was nearly impossible to lose weight despite daily exercise and a healthy diet. “I lost hope” She says.
Finally coming across the term Lipoedema at age sixty provided some answers, with Dr Lekich diagnosing her as stage 3 Lipoedema with underlying Lymphodema. Conservative management protocols were then implemented, utilising a ketogenic diet, medical grade compression and regular manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) appointments resulted in some weight loss of fat not caused by the Lipoedema component.
Following positive results with conservative management, the patient decided to go ahead with the first of three recommended surgeries on her lower legs. Using a Lymph Sparing protocol, developed in Germany by Dr Heck, the surgery resulted in 5.2 Litres of diseased fat being removed . She says her first impression immediately post-surgery was how thin her legs looked. She experienced some swelling and numbness that is now reducing as the weeks pass. She continues to have regular MLD appointments to aid with lymphatic drainage and massages her legs every night before sleeping.
The patient is now walking regularly for exercise and feels her mobilisation is much better, she believes she can now walk further as she doesn’t feel as heavy in her legs. She continues to follow a ketogenic diet to prevent any further weight gain and wears compression garments daily, in time, this can be reduced.