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12 Years of Leg Pain GONE Thanks to Liposuction

Jasna Tursic, 45, had spent 12 years in constant pain without ever knowing the cause. However, her life changed dramatically recently after she was diagnosed with Lipoedema, and the cure was liposuction.

What is Lipoedema?

Lipoedemic FatLipoedema is a condition that almost exclusively targets women more commonly from puberty, although post-pregnancy, peri-menopause, gynaecological surgery or extremely stressful situations can trigger the condition. It is thought to be genetic by nature and is caused by an overgrowth of fat deposits and expansion in women of all body types and sizes, from the incredibly lean right through to the morbidly obese. It has a devastating effect on the legs (and occasionally the arms) ranging from tenderness to, in extreme cases, immobility.

“My mobility was impacted badly. I shut myself down from a social life,” Ms Tursic told

The diseased fat cells form a unique and unusual shape, normally from the waist down, to a clear and obvious line above the ankles in a bilateral, symmetrical shape. Beverly Hills liposuction surgery specialist Dr David Amron told that the disease is “very specific to circumferential calf to ankle swelling…(with) heaviness on top of the knees, giving legs a tree-like look to them.”

Lipoedema misdiagnosis is common

Stages Of Lipoedema

Unfortunately for Ms Tursic, initial diagnoses were incorrect with doctors mistaking her condition for Lymphedema. While the two conditions are similar in that there is unnatural growth in the extremities, Lymphedema comes from a malfunctioning of the lymphatic systems that causes swelling by fluids, not fat. A clear sign of Lipoedema, that possibly should have alerted those doctors who misdiagnosed Ms Tursic, is that the feet are spared, which is not necessarily the case with Lymphedema.

The outlook was not good for Ms Tursic with doctors predicting a steadily declining progression culminating in becoming wheelchair bound. Her pain was so great she underwent five separate surgeries for Lymphedema and wore compression stockings for three years. Despite also changing her diet, exercising regularly, and spending a lot of money on supplements, the chronic pain persisted. Ms Tursic wasn’t to know that regular exercise and a healthy diet has virtually no effect on decreasing the amount of Lipoedematous fat in the body.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Pre Operation Markings

After consulting a local Utah cardiologist in March of 2012, she was finally correctly diagnosed with Lipoedema. Ms Tursic was told the best way to relieve the pain was to remove the excess diseased fat by undergoing liposuction, a common cosmetic procedure.

While there now seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel, this diagnoses created new complications. If the procedure was unsuccessful, damage to the lymphatic system was a real possibility, which could make her chronic pain and other related symptoms even worse. As such several plastic surgeons refused to perform the liposuction procedure.

Finally, Ms Tursic met Dr Amron, who agreed to help.

“I was crying and said, ‘You are my last hope! Please do your best,” she said.

The day after the procedure Ms Tursic was on her feet, and her life has improved drastically since. She is off painkillers, isn’t fearful of a future life in a wheelchair as was predicted by her doctors, and exercises regularly at her local gym.

Other common treatments for Lipoedema

There is no uniform, universally accepted treatment for Lipoedema. Manual lymphatic drainage and bandaging, followed by wearing a custom-fitted compression garment is one treatment administered by a Lymphoedema specialist. It is thought compression garments can reduce the pain caused by Lipoedemic fat, although it didn’t work for Ms Tursic.

Some women have seen a positive result in the reduction of pain and reversing Lipoedema by commencing an elimination diet, starting a low impact exercise regime and a herbal course of action to combat the inflammation. In Australia and throughout Europe this course of treatment has been gaining momentum.

Cosmetic surgery can be used to treat medical conditions

While liposuction is often considered a vanity procedure, there are clear cases of cosmetic procedures having enormous medical benefits. Ms Tursic is now cured of her disease, and there are no signs of the chronic pain returning.

“(The surgery) changed my life so much,” she said.

A growing number of doctors across America and Europe have used gentle water-jet-assisted liposuction, performed with tumescent local anaesthesia, to treat Lipoedema. Water-assisted liposuction removes Lipoedemic fat while protecting the lymphatic system.

8 thoughts on “12 Years of Leg Pain GONE Thanks to Liposuction”

  1. I have lipoedea and just read your article. Am interested to know how i too can get liposuction.

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Thank you for your enquiry.
      Here at Cosmos Clinic we are experienced in treating patients who suffer from Lipodema using Liposuction technology. We do recommend a consultation with the doctor so that he can accurately assess the area that is of concern to you and give you an idea of the results that you could expect to achieve.

      Our most popular Liposuction method is Vaser Liposuction. Vaser uses Ultrasonic energy to melt the fat cells making it easier to remove the fat cells via liposuction. Not only will Vaser Liposuction remove stubborn fat cells but it is a truly incredible development in getting the physique you are striving for. It is performed under mild sedation, so are much safer than procedures where general anaesthetic is used. Patients are able to stand up during the procedure to enable us to sculpt you accurately and can go home that day. Most of our patients are back to work within 1-3 days.

      To give you an idea of pricing the cost of these procedure’s start from $4400 with each additional area costing $1750. Please find below a link to our website with more information on this procedure.

      Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any further questions or if you would like to book an appointment.
      Hope this helps!

  2. I’m 52 years old just Dx with lipidema , I’m interesting in the surgery please let me know what I need in order for me to have it done ? Thank you

  3. Is there someone in Brisbane/Gold Coast area who can do this. I need help now and don’t care what it costs I just can’t travel to Sydney Melbourne or Thailand etc

  4. Hi A T,

    We are so sorry to hear you are struggling with this issue. We do have a clinic on the Gold Coast who can help you. Please call us on 1300 138 797 and select our Gold Coast clinic to book in a consult.

  5. Hi
    Do you have your own doctor at each clinic or do we have to see a general GP for lipodema or similar, I doubt where i see my GP that they know much about the disease as they don’t know much about other issues that I had in the past and they were a lot more simple?
    Thanks in advance for your time.

    1. Hi Jasmine,

      We have a doctor at each clinic. We have a clinic in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide & Gold Coast. Call us 1300 138 797 to organise a consultation. Good luck Jasmine.

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