What made you decide that surgery was the best option for you?
In October 2015, I attended the annual ‘Lipoedema Ladies’ conference. I was fortunate to be offered one of the free ‘mini’ consultations with Mr Karri, that had been scheduled following his presentation to the group. Until that point, I had always thought that if I were to contemplate Liposuction for the Lipoedema affecting my lower legs, thighs and upper arms, I would probably need to travel to Germany – not something that I was really prepared to consider. However, that mini consultation was a real ‘light bulb’ moment for me – not only did I have the diagnosis confirmed but treatment was possible, here in the UK and Mr Karri was confident that he could achieve a good outcome should I decide to go ahead with surgery.
In December I travelled to The Karri Clinic (from X) for a full consultation. Mr Karri explained what the surgery would involve, the areas to be treated and the anticipated outcome. As the surgery was to treat all the affected areas in one procedure, it was, in my case, necessary for me to have general anaesthetic. The surgery was booked and I was admitted to Goole hospital in January 2016. The staff were kind, caring and professional during my overnight stay.
What influenced your decision to choose Mr Karri/The Karri Clinic?
Sometimes in life you meet someone, who, in short space of time, manages to convey such genuine interest and empathy for what you are experiencing daily (painful, chunky, bruised legs and arms with added lymphedema, compression tights etc., etc.), that you know instinctively this he/she is someone you can trust, in this instance, for me, it was Mr Karri
How was your overall experience?
The thought of having ‘new arms and legs’ was what kept me upbeat during those first weeks post-surgery. The swelling and bruising were painful and the six week battle with compression garments was ‘interesting’ but I knew that it was not for ever and wearing the garments was an essential element to achieving a good outcome.
Since the surgery, how has your day-to- day life changed?
It is hard to express how delighted I am, I no longer suffer the painful bruising and the associated lymphedema that had also developed, necessitating the wearing of compression tights (not anymore!) nor the cold, pale legs, sensitive to heat. Now, for the first time since pre-teens, I have lovely shaped lower legs instead of ‘tree trunks’. Without wishing to sound vain, I am no longer embarrassed by my legs but have a new-found confidence and am loving wearing knee length dresses and skirts. I can also easily buy knee high boots without the embarrassment of the zips not doing up.
Do you have any advice for others who may be considering surgery?
Yes, go and see Mr Karri!
Take a list of the of questions that you may need answering – it’s easy to forget on the day
Have realistic expectations of the outcome that can be achieved through potential surgery
Follow the post-surgery advice e.g. wearing any compression garments for the required number of weeks