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08/6/2019
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Aetna – Clinical Policy Bulletin (CBD) Number 0031 Cosmetic Surgery

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There has been some movement from a major health insurance provider, Aetna.    Policy number 0031, which addresses Aetna’s policy on cosmetic surgery was updated on March 29, 2019.  This updated policy does include a subheading for “Liposuction for Lipedema”. The policy summarizes the literature Aetna reviewed when updating the policy.  This literature included the standard of care clinical guidelines from Dutch and German lipedema experts. The policy also reviews studies showing the benefit of liposuction for Lipedema. It is not entirely clear from the update what this means because

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06/30/2019
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Lymphedema Treatment Act

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Currently, most of the supplies needed to manage lipedema and lymphedema are not covered by Medicare. Compression garments, donning devices and wraps, which are critical for the proper care and management of these diseases are not covered except when caused by cancer treatment. These garments are quite expensive and need to be replaced as often as every six months. The lymphedema can be just devastating when caused by an inherited condition as is the case of lipedema or an infection. If lymphedema is not properly controlled by compression garments it

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06/28/2019
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Maybe being fat isn’t your fault: A look at lipedema

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On the tv show The Doctors, lipedema has once again come up. This time it’s with someone who’s big behind has made her a star. This isn’t the first time I’ve run into Raylynn on the internet. I came across her picture elsewhere, where people were less kind about her body type. I went to her Instagram account and could instantly tell what she had was lipedema. It’s just so obvious with the tiny waist and flat stomach. You can see her arms getting slightly bigger now too. Anyhow, on

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06/28/2019
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Instagram Star with 70 Inch Butt Diagnosed with Lipedema

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              A little-recognized disorder, lipedema, may be responsible, says a local expert. Lipedema makes you look like you’ve been eating too much when in fact, your fat cells are retaining fluids and growing exponentially larger than normal because of this condition. Instagram star Randalin is someone with lipedema who is not shy about her large hips and thighs from lipedema. In fact Randalin seems to have embraced her shape and see her curves as assets. Read More  

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06/28/2019
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Support Lipedema Research in the USA

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Dr Wright and Dr Buck are enrolling patients ina study on Lipedema. The study aims to determine the effect of weight loss on body composition and fat distribution, metabolic function (insulin sensitivity) and adipose tissue biology in women with lipedema before and after diet intervention. These results will be compared to women with obesity without lipedema. The study will last ~8-9 months and requires 5 outpatients visits and 1 inpatient visit before weight loss, and 5 outpatients visits and 1 inpatient visit after weight loss. We aim to achieve 8%-10%

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06/28/2019
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Dr Herbst and Dr Wright explain the Treat Study to help understand lipedema

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Dr. Thomas Wright and Dr. Karen Herbst go into detail on lipedema and the Treat Study. With their expertise, you will get the inside scoop of what the top doctors of today are interested in the world of lipedema and the treatments for lipedema.    

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06/28/2019
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Save the Date

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Lipedema Educational Seminar WHERE: Meeting Room at Staybridge Suites O’Fallon 1155 Technology Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63368 WHEN: Thursday, June 14, 9 am to Noon. WHAT: A casual, educational seminar that will discuss what Lipedema is, how it is diagnosed, and the stages of Lipedema. Conservative and surgical treatments will also be discussed. Dr Vincenza Cifarelli, from Member of Washington University Research Team will be on hand to discuss current NIH funded study looking at Lipedema and Fat Metabolism. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, meet Dr. Thomas Wright

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06/28/2019
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Free Lipedema Informational Seminar

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Mon, May 13, 2019, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM CDT Facebook Event Laser Lipo & Vein Center 830 Waterbury Falls Drive #Suite 202 O’Fallon, MO 63368 REGISTER HERE

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06/28/2019
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New Lawsuit Against Denying Coverage for Lipedema Treatment

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If you do a simple online search you can find plenty of cases where lipedema treatment has been denied to potential patients. Lipedema can be extremely difficult to diagnose when you do not have a trusted physician to assist you. Recently, a new lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County on May 16th by law firm Gianelli & Morris. The lawsuit was filed against Kaiser Foundation Health due to an alleged breach of contract by refusing to cover a surgical treatment for lipedema. Allegations Filed The plaintiff was denied the

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03/20/2019
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Lipedema – A Devastating Disease too Often Overlooked

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An excerpt by Dr. Thomas Wright for the Vein Magazine discussing lipedema and its diagnosis. 

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