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"The vast majority of women do not know that they have this fat disorder and do not know there are effective treatments for this debilitating disease."
LOS ANGELES, CA, December 20, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Doctors Karen Herbst, Jaime Schwartz, Thomas Wright and their colleagues have been awarded the Open Best Paper Award from the Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The paper focused on surgical outcomes of lipedema patients who underwent lipedema reduction surgery. Lipedema is an inflammatory subcutaneous connective tissue disorder that affects up to 11% of women and causes excess accumulation of diseased adipose tissue in the legs, hips, and arms. Women with lipedema often experience pain and mobility impairment that, if left untreated, can result in disability. The research outlined in this paper shows that the majority women with lipedema experienced significant improvements in quality of life, pain, and ambulation as well as weight loss after surgical reduction of lipedema.
Doctors Herbst, Schwartz, and Wright are committed to bringing attention to this condition that is very poorly recognized by the public and medical professionals. Lipedema is subcutaneous adipose disease that is often confused with lifestyle induced obesity even by doctors and nurses. Lipedema is often undiagnosed and women search for answers for many years.
"We are humbled and gratified by the award. We think it is important for the medical community to focus more attention on lipedema and related lipomatoses which significantly impact the lives of millions of women." Said Dr. Wright, Medical Director at Lipedema Surgical Solutions. "This is really the first paper in the United States that addresses lipedema reduction surgery; this award should encourage other surgeons to report their surgical outcomes after treating women with lipedema," stated Dr. Herbst, Medical and Research Director for Total Lipedema Care.
Dr. Thomas Wright is in private practice and an independent clinical researcher. He is the medical director of Laser Lipo and Vein Center and the surgical director of Lipedema Surgical Solutions. Dr. Wright is board certified in Venous and Lymphatic medicine with over 25 years of practice experience. He is an author of over a dozen abstracts and publications on the diagnosis and treatment of lipedema.
Dr. Karen Herbst is a prolific author, researcher and authority on Lipedema. She is the lead author of the US Standard of Care Guideline for Lipedema. She is head of research for Total Lipedema Care located in Beverly Hills, CA and Tuscon, AZ. Dr Herbst is a world renowned lecturer and advocate for better understanding and recognition of subcutaneous fat disorders including lipedema. Dr. Herbst is leading an effort for the US adoption of ICD-10 code specifically for lipomatosis disease of lipedema.
Dr. Jaime Schwartz is a board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA who is one of the top experts in the management of lipedema. He is an author of the of US Standard of Care Guidelines for Lipedema. Dr. Schwartz is the founder of Total Lipedema Care in Beverly Hills, CA and has a satellite office in Dubai.
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