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04/1/2024
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Revolutionizing Lipedema Care: Dr. Wright Shares the History of Lipedema Surgery Dialogue with FDRS

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Lipedema, a chronic condition marked by the disproportionate accumulation of fat in the legs and arms, has perplexed and challenged the medical community for decades. Originating from the pioneering observations of Drs. Allen and Hines in 1940, the journey of lipedema treatment has evolved dramatically, from rudimentary recommendations of diet and compression stockings to groundbreaking surgical interventions. Dr. Wright’s upcoming talk with the Fat Disorders Resource Society (FDRS) from April 19-21 promises to shed light on this transformative journey and highlights the innovative strides in treating this often misunderstood disease.

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03/5/2024
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How To Get Insurance To Cover Lipedema Surgery

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Navigating the healthcare system can be a daunting task, especially when seeking treatment for conditions like lipedema. Recognized for its complexity and often misdiagnosed, lipedema is a chronic condition characterized by an abnormal accumulation of fat cells in the legs and arms, leading to pain, swelling, and mobility issues. As we observe World Lymphedema Day in March, it’s an opportune time to shed light on the importance of understanding and managing lipedema, including the critical aspect of securing insurance coverage for its treatments. Understanding Lipedema and Its Treatment Lipedema is

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02/3/2024
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Ozempic: A New Horizon in Lipedema Treatment

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In the ongoing battle against lipedema, a condition that affects millions of women worldwide, patients and specialists alike are in constant search for effective treatments. Lipedema, characterized by the abnormal accumulation of fat cells in the legs, arms, and other body parts, can lead to pain, swelling, and mobility issues. Dr. Wright, a leading lipedema surgeon based in St. Louis, is at the forefront of exploring innovative treatments to help those suffering from this challenging condition. One such promising treatment is Ozempic, a medication primarily known for its benefits in

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01/8/2024
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Lipedema Resources and Community Support

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Lipedema is a chronic condition predominantly affecting women, characterized by abnormal fat accumulation in the legs and arms. It can be a confusing and often misdiagnosed condition, leading many to feel lost in their search for information and support. However, the internet has become a haven for resources, offering extensive information and a sense of community for those affected by lipedema. This blog will explore the wealth of resources available to women with lipedema, including the website lipedema.net, Dr. Wright’s YouTube channel, Facebook group, Instagram, and Pinterest pages, each offering

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12/6/2023
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Living with Lipedema: The Impact on Women’s Quality of Life

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Lipedema is a chronic and progressive disease that primarily affects women. It is often misdiagnosed as obesity or primary lymphedema, leading to a lack of understanding and appropriate treatment options. Lipedema’s physical and psychological consequences significantly impact the quality of life of those who suffer from it. This comprehensive guide will delve into women’s experiences with lipedema, highlighting their challenges and the importance of providing adequate care and support. What is Lipedema? Lipedema is characterized by the abnormal deposition of subcutaneous adipose tissue, primarily in the lower body parts, such

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11/7/2023
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The First World Congress on Lipedema: A Global Gathering of Experts

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Dr. Wright presented at the first World Congress on Lipedema, held in October 2023 in Potsdam, Germany. The common goal of this gathering was to share knowledge, experiences, and ideas related to the understanding and treatment of Lipedema and to benefit from first-hand, high-class education, network, and learn from world-renowned experts about the latest science and best practices in the management of lipedema.  The Lipedema World Congress is designed to bring together a broad spectrum of healthcare professionals, including lymphologists, plastic surgeons, angiologists, phlebologists, nutritionists, dermatologists, physical therapists, bariatric and

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10/5/2023
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Navigating United Healthcare Insurance for Lipedema Coverage

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Wright accepts patients for Lipedema Reduction Surgery in-network with United Healthcare.  We are delighted that United Healthcare is working with us to provide the lipedema patient community with in-network lipedema treatment options.  Please be aware that United Healthcare’s medical necessity criteria must be met to their satisfaction before approval.  This includes six months of conservative therapy (diet, exercise, compression), photo documentation showing disproportionate tissue of the extremities, and documentation of functional impairment. We also highly recommend that patients document their personal journey to

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09/26/2023
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Dr. Wright’s Lipedema Surgery Techniques Improve Mobility & Quality of Life

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Dr. Wright’s innovative lipedema surgery techniques are transforming lives by improving mobility and enhancing the quality of life for patients. He will be conducting a video demonstration of his surgical techniques in a Master Class for Lipedema treatment at this year’s 1st Annual Lipedema World Congress. As a founding member of Lipedema World Alliance (LWA) and with expertise in this procedure, Dr. Wright will present the Tumescent Local Anesthesia (TLA) approach using power-assisted liposuction. In this course, he will describe his approach and techniques to give the best surgical outcomes

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08/29/2023
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Lipedema Treatment: Understanding and Managing this Chronic Condition

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Lipedema, also known as lipoedema, is a chronic condition that affects many women worldwide. It is characterized by an abnormal accumulation of painful adipose tissue, primarily in the legs. Unfortunately, lipedema is often misdiagnosed as simple obesity, leading to misunderstandings and challenges for women seeking proper healthcare. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and management of lipedema. We will also delve into St. Louis lipedema treatment options, highlighting the importance of early diagnosis and a multidisciplinary approach to care. Understanding Lipedema: Causes and Symptoms Lipedema is

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08/29/2023
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Lipedema or Obesity: Understanding the Difference

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  In today’s society, body image and weight management are often hot topics of discussion. Many individuals strive to achieve their desired physique through diet and exercise. However, for some, the struggle to lose weight in certain areas, particularly the legs, can be frustrating and confusing. This leads us to a common question: Is it lipedema or obesity? In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the key differences between lipedema and weight gain, helping you understand your body better and make informed decisions about your health and well-being. Understanding Lipedema

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