Finding the Right Professional Support

Lipoedema is often misunderstood or mistaken for obesity or lymphoedema which may complicate the diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, the holistic approach to treat lipoedema requires a team of different specialists with a range of qualifications. 

Finding the Right Professional Support

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

Physicians or nurses should have specific training to diagnose and treat lipoedema 

Physicians often come from the following specialties: 

  • General medicine – specialty for diseases of the inner organs 
  • Dermatology – specialty for medical conditions 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. Lipoedema treatment usually requires a team of different specialties that may include: 

Depending on your conditions severity, your HCP may also refer you to a specialised clinic for the first weeks of your treatment. Clinics for lymphoedema and lipoedema have the advantage that all specialties work together in one place.  

HCPs from different specialties should work together. Any changes in your signs and symptoms of lipedema may require an adjustment to your treatment plan. An understanding of your condition helps you notice any changes in your condition and makes it easier for you to share these with your HCP.  

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