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Lipedema Blog

07/6/2021
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Lipedema Standard of Care

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Lipedema Standard of Care As of May 28, 2021, Dr. Wright and nearly two dozen other Lipedema experts led by Dr. Karen Herbst published 85 consensus statements making up the first ever Standard of Care Guidelines for Lipedema in the United States. Prior to it’s publication, other countries such as Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and The Netherlands have documented and published Standards of Care for women with Lipedema, but the United States continued to lag behind it’s international colleagues. Ultimately, this resulted in American women with Lipedema being underdiagnosed,

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05/3/2021
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Bariatric Surgery in Lipedema Patients

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It’s not uncommon for women with Lipedema to either be misdiagnosed with severe obesity, or diagnosed with both Lipedema and obesity. In either scenario, it can be difficult to know what the next step should be. And if your doctor is recommending a serious surgery, such as bariatric surgery, to address obesity, it can be even more difficult to understand the relationship that has with lipedema, and how treatments should work so that both issues are addressed.  Typically, BMI plays a large role in the starting point for obesity diagnosis,

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04/2/2021
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How Quickly Does Lipedema Progress?

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There’s nothing more frustrating than sticking closely to an exercise routine and never deviating from a diet without any results to show for it. While some may attribute this scenario to a subpar attempt at fighting fat, for many, there is an underlying medical reason that weight isn’t being lost despite a concentrated effort. When diet and exercise aren’t doing the trick and in some cases, weight continues to accumulate over time, it’s time to look more closely at what could be causing this to happen, as seen in this

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03/1/2021
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Life After Lipedema Removal Surgery

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Hi everyone – it’s Cat again! If you haven’t read my story or seen any of my videos before, I’m a long-time patient of Dr. Wright and am working towards completing a total of five Lipedema liposuction surgeries with him. I’ve put together some helpful tips and a bit about my story, and you can find all my videos on Dr. Wrights YouTube channel. At the end of February, I hit the one-year mark since undergoing my second Lipedema surgery. My initial goal was to get all five surgeries completed

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02/3/2021
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4 Reasons BMI is Dangerously Flawed

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Getting an initial Lipedema diagnosis is a challenge for many women suffering from it. In fact, an overwhelming majority of patients seeking treatment are well into their forties, fifties, sixties, or later in age, simply because they had never heard of lipedema or been diagnosed with it. After decades of being diagnosed with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) followed by a general obesity diagnosis or misdiagnosed as lymphedema, some of these women with lipedema sought alternate explanations for their pain, discomfort, and unsuccessful weight loss, despite regular diet, exercise,

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01/11/2021
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Everything You Need To Know About Lipedema, from 1 Lippy Lady to Another

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Hello to everybody! My name is Cat, and I’m a patient of Dr. Wrights, and a writer and content creation in the Women’s Health space. Dr. Wright and I work closely together, and I’ve put together some helpful information to give you the high points of the Lipedema treatment journey. Everything You Need To Know About Lipedema, from 1 Lippy Lady to Another For the first 29 years of my life, I walked through the world with the bitter understanding that I would never have a body I could be

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12/6/2020
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Battling Your Lipedema Insurance Coverage? You’re Not Alone.

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When it comes to Lipedema Insurance Coverage and reimbursements, there truly is no black-and-white procedure or practice for getting the healthcare you need and deserve. It’s common for patients to assume their health insurance provider will fulfill their obligation to cover important claims, especially when dealing with vital or preventative healthcare treatments. But sadly, this reality becomes a nightmare for many women seeking life-changing treatment for their lifetime suffering from Lipedema.  What is Lipedema?  Lipedema is a subcutaneous fat disorder that primarily affects the extremities (legs, arms). Its progression is

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10/30/2020
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4 Steps to a Lipedema Diagnosis

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The story is almost always the same, and we hear it all the time; women are living in pain for the majority of their lives, begging for medical explanations and solutions, and are coming up empty. These women spend years – sometimes decades – struggling with uncontrollable and disproportional weight, deep bruising and tender skin from the lightest of touches, and have constant swelling. Their weight gain is typically in their limbs or “trunk” and widely does not affect their feet, hands, or upper body from the waist up. These

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09/30/2020
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5 Ways to Celebrate National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

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As Maya Angelou put it, “I’m interested in women’s health because I’m a woman. I’d be a darn fool not to be on my own side.” This National Women’s Health and Fitness Day was developed and is hosted every year by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, with a focus on how important regular physical activity and awareness of our personal health is. While you can check out hundreds of resources and tips for women’s health and fitness on the USDA website here, we’ve put together 5

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09/10/2020
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Is Lymph Sparing Liposuction Right For Your Lipedema?

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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 quickly spiral out of control if left undiagnosed. Lipedema is a disease that leads to the excessive buildup of fat cells, primarily in the arms and legs. Going far beyond the appearance of extra pounds, those who suffer from Lipedema often have large pockets of fat on their limbs that appear disproportionate in

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