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06/25/2024
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Safer Surgeries and Better Outcomes: Treating Leg Veins in Lipedema

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Lipedema, a chronic condition characterized by abnormal fat accumulation in the legs and arms, often leads to significant pain, swelling, and mobility issues. Varicose veins and venous insufficiency can exacerbate these symptoms, making effective treatment even more critical. At Lipedema.net, Dr. Thomas Wright provides comprehensive care to ensure safer surgeries and better outcomes for patients in St. Louis and Missouri. What is Lipedema? Lipedema is a chronic condition characterized by the abnormal and symmetrical accumulation of subcutaneous adipose tissue  [fat]  in the legs, arms, and sometimes other body parts. Unlike

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06/1/2024
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Lipedema Awareness Month: Raising Awareness and Advocating for Proper Diagnosis and Treatment

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Lipedema Awareness Month: Raising Awareness and Advocating for Proper Diagnosis and Treatment June is a significant month for the Lipedema community as it marks Lipedema Awareness Month, with World Lipedema Day celebrated on June 11. This month is dedicated to increasing awareness about lipedema, a chronic condition that affects millions of women worldwide. Despite its prevalence, lipedema remains underdiagnosed and misunderstood. At Lipedema Surgical Solutions, we are committed to spreading awareness, educating the public, and supporting those affected by lipedema. Understanding Lipedema Lipedema is a chronic condition characterized by the

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05/3/2024
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Misdiagnosis of Lipedema: Diseases That Look Like Lipedema

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Misdiagnosis of  Lipedema: Diseases That Look Like Lipedema Lipedema is a complex and often misunderstood condition characterized by the abnormal accumulation of fat in the legs and arms.  Awareness and recognition of lipedema is poor in the public and among medical professionals which leads to some women who have lipedema not being diagnosed with lipedema.  The opposite can occur.  Not everyone who has large legs and ankle cuffs and appears to have lipedema disease actually suffers from it. There are several other conditions and diseases that can mimic the appearance

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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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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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08/29/2023
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Lipedema and Cellulitis: Understanding the Relationship and Prevention Strategies

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Lipedema and cellulitis are two conditions that often coexist, causing discomfort and distress to those affected. Understanding the relationship between these two conditions and implementing prevention strategies is crucial for optimal management. Lipedema is a chronic disorder characterized by an abnormal accumulation of fat in the legs and sometimes the arms, causing pain, swelling, and tenderness.  On the other hand, cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that can occur as a complication of lipedema due to impaired lymphatic drainage and weakened immune response. It presents with redness, swelling, and warmth

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07/11/2023
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Understanding Lipedema & Lymphatic Flow

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Lipedema is a condition that affects the distribution of fat in the body, primarily in the lower extremities. Lipedema is a progressive disorder and a significant portion of women with Lipedema progress to secondary Lymphedema. Understanding the relationship between lymphatics and Lipedema is crucial in understanding how lipedema develops and progresses.  It’s characterized as a “progressive disorder,” meaning the tissues enlarge and that, over time, there is a progressive deterioration of lymphatics. When looking at extracellular water content, which is a marker of lymphatic function, the higher the stage of

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06/15/2023
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Empowering Yourself: Coping Strategies for Living with Lipedema

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Living with lipedema can be a challenging and isolating experience. It’s a condition that affects millions of people around the world, and yet it’s not widely understood or recognized by healthcare professionals. If you’re living with lipedema, you know how frustrating it can be to deal with the physical and emotional symptoms that come with it. But the good news is that there are coping strategies you can use to help empower yourself and take control of your life.  In this article, we’ll explore some of the most effective coping

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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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