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Weight loss surgery.

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I have primary Lymphodeama in both lower legs and one hand. It’s been stable for many years and managed with compression garments.

I have over the last decade put on quite a lot of weight. I’ve tried everything and weight loss is so slow I get get up and give up only to gain more. I’m also a stress eater and have had 18 motets of stress with a very ill husband.

I am considering weight loss surgery but been trying to find out if it could be detrimental to my Lymphodeama?

Any one know or had this surgery?

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Sbluebam profile image

Hello , A friend of mine had a gastric band and it’s helped her legs massively .. go for it you’ll wish you’d done it years ago . Good luck xx

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Jenny113 in reply to Sbluebam

I’m just not sure if there are big lymph vessels in the stomach that would be compromised and make the lymphodema worse?

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Sbluebam in reply to Jenny113

You could always ask the surgeon

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Jenny113 in reply to Sbluebam

Thank you. My feeling is that Lymphodeama is a very miss understood condition and a general surgeon might not understand. I will ask my lymphodema nurse.

brix75 profile image


You are the first I have seen on here that mentions weight gain. I too would like more information from others about their experiences with that.

Do you also use the Flexitouch Plus system?

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Jenny113 in reply to brix75

I have a deep oscillation machine I use but not a pump.

roysome profile image

The dangerous fat is the visceral fat. No surgery can remove this.

As we all know, losing weight is never easy, OP, and it needs discipline and positivity. The latter is hard to maintain when carrying lymph all the time.

A pound or two in the right direction lost in a gradual way is the goal I would set. Anything drastic usually spells defeat. Strict routines are dispiriting.

I have the same problem, but by watching what I eat, rather than how much I eat and combining this with light but consistent exercising at least maintains rather than increases. Selecting an appropriate diet is not that difficult nowadays, as so much information abounds.

I have an exercise bike and a power pad (Vibrapower.) Some days I am only a minute on the former and only a couple more on the latter, but it is a step in the right direction at least. Some days I go mad. It depends.

The first aim has to be to stop continuing with weight gain. Losing weight then becomes easier.

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