Battle for surgery: 'I'm in constant pain'
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The battle for lipoedema surgery: 'I'm in constant pain'

Lipoedema is a painful and debilitating health condition that causes abnormal swelling and fat deposits on women's legs and arms.

Little is known about it, and it's often misdiagnosed as obesity.

Doctors say the liposuction treatment needed is being wrongly classed as cosmetic surgery, so is rarely funded by the NHS.

The BBC's Alexandra Mackenzie spoke to two women about their experiences - Kate, who has had surgery, and Anne, who is one of the few women on an NHS waiting list.

Produced by Nicki Stiastny, Hannah Gelbart and Sowda Ali for the BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten.

  • 09 Feb 2019
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