Following a lipedema procedure by WAL liposuccion, patients will experience fatigue. This fatigue can be more or less important depending on many criteria.
Elements to be taken into account before the intervention :
It will first of all depend on your state of health before the operation, if you feel tired, or if you are just recovering from a winter illness for example, you may find it more difficult to recover from the operation. You will need to have a pre-operative blood test to identify any anaemia, and if this is the case, an increase in the dosage of iron treatment may be recommended and sometimes even a postponement of the operation.
Elements related to the intervention :
The volume aspirated will also influence this fatigue, in fact the greater the volume, the greater the post-operative fatigue. Dr Nicolas Zwillinger divides the treatment of lipedema into 2 or 3 operations depending on the stage of lipedema diagnosed, the areas affected and the volume to be aspirated. An operation that is too extensive could lead to significant and prolonged asthenia, and is therefore not recommended.
The anaesthesia can have an impact on your post-operative fatigue, in fact it has been observed that general anaesthesia causes significant fatigue during the first week, unlike spinal anaesthesia which has a lesser impact on convalescence.
We recommend a period of at least 3 months between two operations, to allow the body to recover and to avoid physical and psychological fatigue after the second operation. In case of intense fatigue after the first operation, it is recommended to perform the second operation (WAL liposuccion of the knees, thighs and saddlebags) 4 to 6 months after the first operation.
The post-operative recovery time may vary depending on the areas operated on, we estimate a convalescence of 2 to 3 weeks for an operation on the ankles/calves and lower knees and 10 days to 2 weeks for the thighs and upper knees or the arms. These times are given as an indication and may vary from one patient to another.
The more advanced the lipedema, the longer the recovery time may be.
Elements influencing fatigue following surgery:
It is important to eat and drink well after the operation to allow the body to recover properly and the postoperative iron treatment is an essential part of the recovery process.
Resuming work after WAL liposuccion surgery will depend on the type of work you do. The possibility of teleworking makes it possible to return to work more quickly, but it is important not to underestimate the fatigue caused by the operation and the anaesthesia, as well as the difficulty in keeping the same position for long periods of time (sitting, standing). It is important to take time to rest and to vary the positions in order to reduce the feeling of heaviness and to promote blood and lymphatic circulation.
The home/work journey should be anticipated; journeys of more than 30 minutes on public transport where sitting is not always possible can make it more difficult to return to work. Similarly, for some patients, post-operation oedema can make driving difficult.
In order to facilitate the convalescence, it is necessary to be well accompanied and surrounded as soon as you return home (the same day or the day after your surgery). Indeed, the first few days after the surgery, the walking pace will be greatly slowed down, stairs will be difficult to climb up or down and daily tasks will be difficult to perform (shopping, children, housework…). We advise not to be alone for at least 48 hours but ideally for 7 days.
In this article we have outlined the different elements to consider regarding post-operative fatigue following WAL liposuction surgery. Do you still have questions about this? Do not hesitate to make an appointment.