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Gurgaon doctors change life of a Uzbek lady
Lilja (name changed), a 36-year old lady from Tashkent, Uzbekistan was suffering from a rare condition of lymphatic malformation of both legs and thighs. She was just able to walk a few steps and that too with great difficulty. The limbs had become enormous and she had developed a very wide stepping gait to keep the thighs from blocking her movements.

Achieving hygiene was also a challenge for her because of the pannus of abdominal skin and fat hanging like a curtain in front of the thighs. She avoided all social contacts because of her condition.

Now after a series of operations, the thighs and legs were contoured and the tummy was reduced by a team of plastic surgeons at Artemis Hospital headed by Dr. Vipul Nanda, including Dr. Manik Sharma and Dr. Raja Tiwari.

“The surgery had to be staged, as safety was the prime concern in such a physiologically compromised individual,” said Dr. Vipul Nanda, Head Cosmetic Surgery - Artemis Hospital.

She weighed 250 kg and getting her onto the special operation table was one big challenge for the hospital and the doctors!

“The hospital bed served as the operation table,” said Dr. Manik.

She underwent three operations – one on each thigh and the final one to contour the tummy. A guest house close to the hospital served as her home in between the surgeries. She was very shy to visit the hospital because of the unwanted attention that she received from everyone.

Dr. Tiwari explained, “It was difficult for her to move around so we decided to do regular dressings in the guest house. Her total stay in India was around 3 months.”

Around 40 kg of skin and fat was removed in the three operations. Lilja expressed her gratitude to the team of doctors for giving her a new lease of life. Now she could move comfortably and even have a bath and walked unassisted into the aircraft. A visibly delighted Lilja returned to her country recently carrying the goodwill of the people of India in her heart.

“Body contouring surgeries are increasing in number”, said Dr. Nanda. This is especially so because of the rising popularity of bariatric surgery or surgery for severe obesity. After massive weight loss the skin and tissues of the individual become lax and start hanging. It is at this stage that they desire body contouring to regain a younger and rejuvenated appearance.

The operation to remove the lax skin over the tummy, breasts, back and thighs has to be carefully planned to give a result that is aesthetically pleasing. “Such operations have to be staged to ensure the safety of the procedure and to achieve optimum wound healing”, adds Dr. Nanda.

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