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06/19/2020
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Lipedema and Lymphedema Webinar June 11, 2020

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Lipedema and Lymphedema Webinar: Mythbusting and Case Controversies   Join this lively and interactive discussion with Dr. Wright and other experts!   Jun 11, 2020 08:00 PM   Watch Seminar Here

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06/8/2020
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Interaction of Veins, Lymphatics, & Lipedema

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When dealing with the effects of lipedema, your body can also feel the repercussions of direct impact to your lymphatic and venous circulation system. Both systems together help the body create lymph. Venous disorders like venous hypertension and venous reflux impact these combined systems to create excess lymph production. Having an overwhelmed production can lead to overloaded lymphatic circulation. Both the venous system and our lymphatic circulation utilize passive contractions to clear this fluid from our limbs. Learn More About Interaction of Veins and Lymphatics with Lipedema Here! Lymphatic Issues

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05/25/2020
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Complete Decongestive Therapy for Lipedema

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Living with lipedema and lymphedema can be difficult and impose limitations of your daily life. These disorders stem from impaired lymphatic systems that are unable to have proper drainage that in turn create difficult symptoms to live with. You may know that lipedema mostly impacts the legs and bottom half of the body due to this lymphatic system impairment. Fortunately, symptoms of both lipedema and lymphedema can be treated with a variety of relief methods. More severe symptoms can be targeted with complete decongestive therapy, also known as CDT. This

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05/16/2020
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My Legs Look Fat – Is that Normal?

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Getting an initial diagnosis for Lipedema is typically time-consuming, challenging, and emotionally draining. Why? Because the misdiagnosis starts from a very early age and comes from those closest to us, and even from the patient themselves. Those of us suffering from Lipedema commonly hear phrases like, “You’re just big-boned,” or, “You have a pear shape, it’s just your body.” Family members are quick to suggest that larger bodies or a specific body shape run in the family, and there’s not much we can do about it. While the assertion is

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05/12/2020
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Announcing Office Hours & COVID-19 Update

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We miss you and can’t wait to see you again soon… We would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on how we will proceed with seeing patients.  First, it is important to understand that while St. Charles County has authorized the re-opening of most businesses, this is not a green light to go back to “business and usual” and disregard safety measures such as observing social distancing rules, staying six feet apart, wearing a mask, hand washing, and other safety protocols. Our plan is to resume patient

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05/11/2020
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At-Home Measures to Fight Lipedema Symptoms

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As you may have noticed, the healthcare industry has been turned upside down by the sudden onset of COVID-19. Several businesses that are deemed non-essential have temporarily closed their doors until further notice, while others are available only for emergency or essential procedures. This can include many places where you can seek relief for your lipedema symptoms. Fortunately, there a few at-home exercises and measures you can take to manage your symptoms of lipedema. Lipedema Exercises There a several different low impact exercises you can try at home to manage

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05/1/2020
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First-Hand Experiences of Lipedema & the Benefits of Treatment

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Still unsure if you have Lipedema? Worried about all the unknowns of seeking treatment? You’re not alone! Meet Cat, one of the numerous women with lipedema, Dr. Wright’s patient who travels from Austin, Texas to St. Louis to complete her five scheduled lipedema surgeries. Cat is a writer, a women’s health advocate, and has a passion for documenting her journey and helping other women through it. As long as she can remember, Cat has struggled with her weight. She was never considered an obese child or teen, was active in

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05/1/2020
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Real-Life Experience with Lymph Sparing Liposuction

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In this blog, Cat K shares her real-life experience with lymph sparing liposuction to treat her lipedema. When the Solution is More Painful Than the Problem My first Lipedema surgery was at the end of 2019. For weeks after, I did not open my laptop, except the occasional Netflix in bed. To say I was underprepared for the pain and disruption that came with this surgery does not do my folly justice. I was both overly confident and naive. Stubborn and headstrong. And ultimately, humbled and overcome. It stripped me of my

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05/1/2020
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Real Life Experience with Lipedema by Cat Karwick

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In this blog, a woman shares her very real experience finding out she has lipedema disease. Lipedema Disease Ruined and Saved This Fat Girl’s Life In my 30 years of life, or at least over the last ten years, my weight and chronic pain has left me at a loss. I’ve tried every crash diet that exists — Keto, HCG, Phentermine, low-fat & high-protein, intermittent fasting, and the Beyoncé detox of spicy lemon water. I’ve trained and ran half marathons, hired personal trainers, seen a nutritionist, and eventually, when my

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04/27/2020
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COVID-19 and Lipedema – What you Need to Know

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Dr. Wright and Karen Herbst discuss COVID19 and Lipedema. What would increase a women’s risk of developing COVID19?

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