I type this from my hospital bed, having had 3.3 litres of fat removed from my leg, and my leg looks nearly normal.
l am amazed at how much of my leg's bulk was done to the fat that associates itself with the lymphoedema, and although I m not and never have been vain, I'm certain I can get trousers on again.
I went into hospital on the evening of 15th October for surgery on the morning of the 17th. In between times I had sole use of a Lymphapress machine which I used as many times as I could (11 x 1hr sessions). Possibly shifted 4 litres of lymph.
Please do not be fooled that this liposuction is anything like the cosmetic ones you see on TV, apparently it's more intense.
They drain, as a guide, 1 litre per hour, so this was fairly major, and bruising surgery. But they worked from my foot upwards and compress as they go, by gradually rolling up a garment. I had 15-20 entry points (no one counted) and each was left open to continue draining, which makes the first 48 hours (bed rest) quite mucky.
Post operative swelling was a concern considering my leg was compressed, and hours 24 to 48 were painful, because the post op compression is so important.
But going home today (22nd) with a tender leg, but well and with my skin wrinkling (with compression this heals well).
I know this does little for the lymphoedema, it does deal with the one major symptom, our large limbs, and if 50% of our swelling is fatty deposits associated with lymphoedema, then your limbs will be 50% smaller.