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01/26/2023
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Discovering the Mystery Behind Lipedema Legs: Uncontrollable Weight Gain in Women

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‍Have you ever wondered why some women have no issues maintaining their weight, despite your constant struggle to lose weight no matter what you do? Have you ever heard of Lipedema Legs? If you’re a woman and have noticed weight gain in your lower body that you can’t seem to control, you may have lipedema. Lipedema is a chronic and progressive medical condition that affects the limbs (and sometimes the abdomen, too!) of women. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for lipedema legs. Introduction

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01/10/2023
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Tips For Managing Lipedema During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be an incredibly joyous and special time for a woman, yet for those with lipedema; it can also be a time of physical and emotional distress. Lipedema is a chronic and progressive condition that causes an abnormal and disproportionate accumulation of fat in the legs, hips, buttocks, and arms. During pregnancy, lipedema symptoms can become exacerbated, leaving many women feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. Fortunately, some strategies and tips can be employed to help manage lipedema and pregnancy during this important period of a woman’s life. With the right

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12/22/2022
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Compression 101: Lipedema Compression Garments

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Guidelines for the management of lipedema recommend the use of compression for patients with lipedema. The care guidelines recommend a multidisciplinary approach to treatment involving proper diet and exercise, manual lymphatic drainage, and wearing properly fitted, medical-grade compression garments. We’ve summarized everything women with Lipedema need to know about compression garments below, but you can find more information here. What is Lipedema? Lipedema is a fat disorder, mainly affecting women, that causes an enlargement of both legs due to deposits of fat under the skin. It’s characterized as a “progressive

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12/13/2022
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Everything You Need To Know about Lipedema Surgery

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 An estimated 17 million women in the U.S. and nearly 370 million women across the globe suffer from a condition known as Lipedema. What is regularly associated with rapid and uncontrollable weight gain in its initial stages can spiral out of control if left undiagnosed. As experts continue researching the causes and best treatment options for women with Lipedema, tumescent liposuction or lipedema reduction surgery remains the only way to reset the progressive disease and provide women with increased mobility and reprieve from daily pain. What is Lipedema? Lipedema is

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11/8/2022
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Patient Spotlight: Crystal

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One of Dr. Wright’s newer patients, Crystal, was diagnosed with Lipedema for the first time just 3 months ago, and she’s already feeling the joy and relief that comes with an official Lipedema diagnosis.  “I felt a sense of relief and joy come over me instantly,” she says.  Crystal was diagnosed by Dr. Wright with Stage 3, Type 3, and 4 Lipo-Lymphedema. Over the next 90 days post-diagnosis, she’s undergone two Lipedema surgeries and overcome a lifetime of challenges when it came to “her relationship with gravity”, as she calls

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10/4/2022
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Should veins be treated in patients with lipedema?

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Before tackling the issues and symptoms associated with lipedema, it is important to assess your vein health by working closely with a vein specialist. Vein issues and lipedema, both can cause painful, heavy legs, and tenderness, so it can be difficult to know if your symptoms are related to veins or solely to lipedema. An experienced vein specialist can get you on the right path to a diagnosis and treatment plan. Common Vein Issues Venous insufficiency causes inflammation in the veins which can contribute to lipedema swelling (edema) and inflammation.

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09/22/2022
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Are Lipedema and Lymphedema Fatal?

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Good news, these conditions are not life-threatening on their own. However, if undiagnosed or untreated, they will worsen over time and may contribute to several other secondary ailments and complications. If you have signs of swelling, and pain in your body, especially in your legs and arms, seek treatment starting with your primary care physician. Ongoing care of lipedema and lymphedema with a vascular expert lessens the risk of other serious problems. Hearing the terms lipedema and lymphedema sound strange and Googling them can be downright scary. For instance: These

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09/7/2022
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Lipedema vs. Normal Fat: Dr. Wright and Dr. Herbst Explain

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In celebration of Lipedema Awareness month back in June, Dr. Wright and Dr. Herbst updated the world on the latest insights and understandings on Lipedema vs normal fat. Sponsored by Lipedema UK and Lipedema LIO ITALIA, we’ve summarized the key learnings and helpful information below. Don’t miss updates in the future on our “Lipedema in the News” section, and feel free to watch the full 1.5-hour webinar here. What is Lipedema? Lipedema is a fat disorder, mainly affecting women, that causes an enlargement of both legs due to deposits of

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08/3/2022
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Living with Lipedema: Do’s & Don’ts

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Lipedema is a fat disorder, mainly affecting women, that causes an enlargement of both legs due to deposits of fat under the skin. It’s characterized as a “progressive disorder,” meaning it generally gets worse over time. Sufferers living with lipedema experience easy bruising and tenderness, pain in the affected areas, and significant disability in daily life. In severe and more progressive cases, the trunk and upper body may also be affected, including the arms and upper back. Little is known about the disorder, and it’s often misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated

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06/30/2022
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Lipedema Linked to Family History

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LIPEDEMA DISEASE LINKED TO FAMILY HISTORY 3 independent studies find lipedema is an inherited condition. As reported by The Cleveland Clinic [#} on its website, the exact cause of lipedema is unknown, but the condition runs in families and may be inherited. This statement is supported by three independent studies conducted by leading research teams in Europe who validated lipedema is a genetic condition. Lipedema appears to primarily affect females, presumably driven by estrogen as it usually manifests at puberty. Lipedema disease is different from obesity and is often misdiagnosed

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