Lipoedema is a chronic condition that affects the distribution of fat in the body, especially in the areas around the hips, thighs and calves. The condition is characterized by abnormal accumulation of fatty tissue, which can lead to pain, swelling and tenderness. Lipedema is usually hereditary and mainly affects women.
The symptoms of lipedema include a symmetrical increase in fat mass in the lower part of the body, especially from the hips downwards. This causes the legs to take on a “pear-shaped” appearance. The fat may be tender to the touch and may cause pain when touched or pressed. In addition, bruising and swelling may occur in the affected areas.
The cause of lipedema is not fully understood, but it is thought to be related to hormonal changes and genetic factors. Women with lipedema often have a family history of the condition. Hormonal changes that occur during puberty, pregnancy or menopause can also trigger or worsen symptoms.
The diagnosis of lipoedema can be challenging as the condition is often misdiagnosed as obesity or lymphoedema. A thorough medical history and physical examination is necessary to make the correct diagnosis. Imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI may also be used to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions.
The treatment of lipedema focuses on relieving symptoms and improving the patient’s quality of life. Conservative measures such as the use of compression garments, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle can help reduce swelling and pain. In some cases, manual lymphatic drainage can be helpful to improve lymphatic circulation.
In more severe cases where conservative measures do not provide sufficient relief, surgical intervention can be considered. Liposculpture or liposuction can be used to remove excess fatty tissue and improve body contours. It is important to note that surgery is not a cure for lipedema, but it can help reduce symptoms and improve the patient’s self-esteem.
Groruddalsklinikken is a recognized clinic that specializes in the treatment of lipedema and other medical conditions. They have an experienced team of doctors and healthcare personnel who work closely together to provide patients with the best care and treatment. Groruddalsklinikken offers a holistic approach to lipedema treatment, which includes both conservative measures and surgical interventions when necessary.
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