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"Many women with lipedema do not need surgery and it is important to validate the effectiveness of nonsurgical treatments for this disease, especially as there is no cure at this time." Dr Wright.
ST. LOUIS, MO, February 01, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- There has been debate whether or not lipedema can be treated without surgery. Dr. Wright has authored a new peer reviewed study published in the medical journal "Phlebology" that shows that the benefits of conservative, nonsurgical treatment such as compression and diet and nutrition counseling can improve the pain and swelling in women with lipedema.
Lipedema is a subcutaneous inflammatory adipose tissue disorder that causes disproportionate fat accumulation in the extremities. Despite poor recognition in the medical community, it is estimated that lipedema affects up to 11% of women. These women often seek treatment for their symptoms including leg pain, tenderness, and heaviness. One of the most effective studied effective treatments is lipedema reduction surgery to debulk the lipedema tissue. Until 2022, there were few studies in the medical literature on other treatments of lipedema.
The study shows that conservative treatment of lipedema including graduated compression garments and intermittent pneumatic compression device both improve pain, swelling, and leg circumference in women with lipedema. Dr. Wright states, "Many women with lipedema do not need surgery and it is important to validate the effectiveness of nonsurgical treatments for this disease, especially as there is no cure at this time."
Lipedema is common but poorly recognized subcutaneous adipose disorder that is commonly mistaken or misdiagnosed as obesity. Lipedema.net is a website dedicated to informing the medical community and the general population about the diagnosis and treatment of lipedema. Better awareness of lipedema will lead to early diagnosis and improved mobility and quality of life for the women who suffer from lipedema.
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