Finding the Right Professional Support

Lipedema is often misunderstood or mistaken for obesity or lymphedema what complicates the diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, the holistic approach to treat lipedema requires a team of different specialties with appropriate qualification. 

Finding the Right Professional Support

When you first notice any signs or symptoms of lipedema, your general practitioner (GP) or a nurse is usually the one you refer to. The basic diagnostics for lipedema focus on your medical history and the physical exam of your body. Your GP or a nurse will probably refer you to a specialist for lipedema to interpret the results or confirm the diagnosis.  

Physicians or nurses should have specific training and the appropriate qualification to diagnose and treat lipedema 

Physicians often come from the following specialties: 

  • Internal medicine – specialty for diseases of the inner organs. 
  • Dermatology – specialty for diseases of the skinalso covering phlebology (diseases of the veins). 
  • Angiology – specialty for diseases of the blood vessels. 

When your diagnosis is confirmed, your healthcare professional (HCP) will develop a holistic therapy plan to address your signs and symptoms. Lipedema treatment usually requires a team of different specialties that includes: 

Depending on your disease's severity, your HCP may also refer you to a specialized clinic for the first weeks of your treatment. Clinics for lymphedema and lipedema have the advantage that all specialties work together in one place.  

HCPs from different specialties must work together. Any changes in your signs and symptoms of lipedema can require an adjustment to your treatment plan. A deep understanding of the disease also helps you notice any changes by yourself and makes it easier to communicate with your HCP.  

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