Lipedema – The Disease They Call FAT:
An Overview for Clinicians eBook
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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.
Written with the clinician in mind, it is a practical overview of the condition and provides important information for healthcare providers who treat women.
Lipedema is a fat disorder that affects women and is often mistaken for simple obesity. Believed to be hormonal in nature, lipedema usually develops at puberty, but can develop or worsen later in life due to hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, menopause, or gynecological surgery. Estimates of the incidence of lipedema range as high as 11% of the post-pubertal female population, which is approximately 17 million women in the United States alone.
About the Authors
A collaboration amongst experts worldwide brings knowledge of the lymphatic system, and specifically lipedema, lymphedema and obesity. A process that took 18 months Lipedema-The Disease They Call FAT: An Overview for Clinicians offers a thoughtful and concise overview of this little known and generally mis-diagnosed fat disorder for healthcare professionals and for patients as well.
Erez Dayan, MD
Julie N. Kim, MD
Mark L. Smith, MD, FACS
Catherine A. Seo, PhD
Robert Damstra, MD, PhD
Prof Wilfried Schmeller, MD
Yvonne Frambach, MD
Matthew A. Carmody, MD
Prof Etelka Földi, MD
Stanley G. Rockson, MD
What experts are saying about the monograph
“As a clinician, I expect this will quickly become a “standard reference” on Lipedema. The clinical information is concise, thorough, and up to date. The monograph is a helpful reference whether checking stages, differential diagnosis or current treatments. It has become a great teaching document in our clinic for therapists, students and patients alike. It will be a helpful reference to share with physicians as we discuss strategies for care management.”
Jean Flanagan Jay, DPT, PT, CLT
Director, Rehabilitation Services
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts USA
“This is a high-quality, comprehensive summary of the ‘State of the Art/ Science’ relating to lipoedema/lipedema. This disease badly needs attention both from healthcare professionals in order to improve patient care, and from scientists to improve our basic understanding of this disease with a view to improved treatment. I am hopeful this monograph will provide the platform for such advances.”
Peter Mortimer, MD
Professor of Dermatological Medicine
Molecular and Clinical Sciences Institute (Dermatology Unit)
St. George’s, University of London
London, England UK
“This monograph on Lipedema should be required reading for medical students, and residents in all US training programs. Yes, “obesity” is everywhere but it’s clearly not just one disease. We clinicians need to see the shades of grey within our population that appears to be overweight. The phenotype of Lipedema is obvious once one learns its characteristics and if one can make the correct diagnosis a whole new world is opened for a patient. So think about the millions of woman who go to their doctor(s) complaining or even just wondering about why their legs look and feel different yet leave with incorrect information. It is up to those of us who know about Lipedema to teach those who don’t. This monograph is a key part of that process.”
S. Scott Tapper, MD, FACS, RPVI
Symmetry Vascular Center
Adjunct Professor of Surgery
Lake Erie College of Medicine
Stuart, Florida USA
“This comprehensive monograph is the much needed guide that many clinicians have been waiting for. Not only does this work foster enlightened discourse and mulitidisciplinary collaboration, it highlights how very far we have come in our understanding of lipedema. Even though we still have far to go, this book lights the way by putting everything in a foundation of science and compassion.“
Leslyn Keith, OTD, CLT-LANA
Central Coast Lymphedema Therapy
San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
The Lipedema Project was founded in 2014 by Dr. Mark L. Smith, MD, FACS and Catherine Seo, PhD to begin the research and treatment for lipedema, a chronic fat disorder. Lipedema is a disease involving abnormal fat deposition that can result in pain, immobility, and lymphatic disturbances. Lipedema progresses over time often developing lymphedema, a chronic condition called lipolymphedema.
With obesity reaching epidemic proportions and anti-fat bias prevalent in healthcare, it becomes critical that patients are correctly diagnosed, that resources are invested in understanding this disease and how it can be treated, and that patients have the support, knowledge, and options to manage these chronic conditions.
Currently, The Lipedema Project, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to increasing awareness and providing education, research, and treatment for lipedema through online and face-to-face programs and building community.
The lipedema documentary is available for viewing on Facebook, Lipedema – The Disease They Call FAT.
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