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Lipoedema

Lipoedema is a condition that mostly affects women and is characterised by a symmetrical swelling in the legs, thighs and buttocks and sometimes the arms. It is rare in men.
Lipoedema can be extremely painful. The affected areas can be tender and there is a general tendency to bruise easily. Over time, lipoedema can result in fluid retention in the affected parts, resulting in a medical condition called lymphoedema. Although it has not been confirmed, it is thought that lipoedema may have a genetic basis, as in some cases there is a family history of the condition. Sometimes lipoedema is mistaken for excessive lymphoedema, weight gain, obesity or cellulite or is assumed to be due to a lack of exercise. Lipoedema can have a significant impact on quality of life. Lipoedema is a condition that mainly affects women and is characterised by a painful swelling in the legs, thighs and buttocks and sometimes the arms. Lipoedema occurs because of the abnormal accumulation of fat under the skin. If you have lipoedema your legs become swollen, bruise easily, are tender and feel painful and uncomfortable. Lipoedema may occur because of changes in female hormones. The most common time of onset is around puberty or when there are other hormonal shifts such as during pregnancy and menopause. You are at greater risk of developing lipoedema if other women in your family are affected. Treatment includes changes to the composition of your diet, use of compression stockings, bandaging affected areas, low-impact exercise, massage and water-based activities. Specialised liposuction for lipoedema can assist when other treatments have not been effective.
You can find out more about lipoedema on the Victoria Government - BetterHealth website
A collaborative partnership between the Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery at Northwell Health and Lipedema Simplified, LLC, the Lipedema Project is a comprehensive transmedia program working to increase awareness and provide education, research and treatment for lipedema

DO YOU HAVE LIPOEDEMA?

Do you have BIG LEGS, excess fat in your thighs/legs, hips, buttocks, and/or upper arms? Do you have ankle cuffs? Do you have saddlebags? Are your legs tender or painful to the touch? Do you bruise easily? Do you have fat nodules, or fat pads, or lobules around your knees or thighs? You may have been told that you are fat, but you might have a little known and generally misdiagnosed fat disorder known as lipedema.
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The Lipoedema Provider Worldwide Directory - Mandurah Oedema Clinic (#245) Click the map to search the directory

Looking for a Lipoedema Treatment Provider?

Lipedema – The Disease They Call FAT: An Overview for Clinicians is a monograph that provides a clinical synopsis of this condition. This monograph covers the history of lipedema and includes sections on epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis and how to differentiate between lipedema and other disorders, such as lymphedema and obesity. Treatment options, both conservative and surgical, and prognosis are also reviewed.
© Mandurah Oedema Clinic 2020

Lipoedema

Lipoedema can be extremely painful. The affected areas can be tender and there is a general tendency to bruise easily. Over time, lipoedema can result in fluid retention in the affected parts, resulting in a medical condition called lymphoedema. Although it has not been confirmed, it is thought that lipoedema may have a genetic basis, as in some cases there is a family history of the condition. Sometimes lipoedema is mistaken for excessive lymphoedema, weight gain, obesity or cellulite or is assumed to be due to a lack of exercise. Lipoedema can have a significant impact on quality of life. Lipoedema is a condition that mainly affects women and is characterised by a painful swelling in the legs, thighs and buttocks and sometimes the arms. Lipoedema occurs because of the abnormal accumulation of fat under the skin. If you have lipoedema your legs become swollen, bruise easily, are tender and feel painful and uncomfortable. Lipoedema may occur because of changes in female hormones. The most common time of onset is around puberty or when there are other hormonal shifts such as during pregnancy and menopause. You are at greater risk of developing lipoedema if other women in your family are affected. Treatment includes changes to the composition of your diet, use of compression stockings, bandaging affected areas, low-impact exercise, massage and water-based activities. Specialised liposuction for lipoedema can assist when other treatments have not been effective.
Lipoedema is a condition that mostly affects women and is characterised by a symmetrical swelling in the legs, thighs and buttocks and sometimes the arms. It is rare in men.
A collaborative partnership between the Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery at Northwell Health and Lipedema Simplified, LLC, the Lipedema Project is a comprehensive transmedia program working to increase awareness and provide education, research and treatment for lipedema

DO YOU HAVE LIPOEDEMA?

Do you have BIG LEGS, excess fat in your thighs/legs, hips, buttocks, and/or upper arms? Do you have ankle cuffs? Do you have saddlebags? Are your legs tender or painful to the touch? Do you bruise easily? Do you have fat nodules, or fat pads, or lobules around your knees or thighs? You may have been told that you are fat, but you might have a little known and generally misdiagnosed fat disorder known as lipedema.
Take the quiz Take the quiz
The Lipoedema Provider Worldwide Directory - Mandurah Oedema Clinic (#245) Click the map to search the directory

Looking for a Lipoedema Treatment Provider?

Lipedema – The Disease They Call FAT: An Overview for Clinicians is a monograph that provides a clinical synopsis of this condition. This monograph covers the history of lipedema and includes sections on epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis and how to differentiate between lipedema and other disorders, such as lymphedema and obesity. Treatment options, both conservative and surgical, and prognosis are also reviewed.
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