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Lipoedema is an abnormal disposition of fat - and people living with it can feel ignored and rejected by healthcare services as their condition is often misdiagnosed as obesity or lymphoedema.
KLC offers a multidisciplinary approach to management, focusing on facilitation and enhancement of the patient's ability to self-care, optimisation of health, prevention of progression and management of symptoms.
Self-management days for lipoedema patients (including peer support and garment measuring) will soon be offered to patients out of area - contact KLC for more detailed information.
Cause of Lipoedema:
Although the mechanism for the development of lipoedema is unknown; numerous factors are thought to be involved, including a possible genetic disposition, hormonal links and significant weight gain
There are numerous characteristics present including symmetrical disposition of subcutaneous fatty tissue in the limbs, which is unresponsive to diet. The shape and area affected may vary. The feet and hands are spared; the Stemmers sign is negative.
Psychological distress (depression, anxiety and frustration), pain/tenderness and spontaneous bruising are common.
Management of Lipoedema:
Components of care need to be tailored to the needs of the individual patient, taking into account the severity of symptoms and degree of complexity. They include:
Psychosocial support and the management of expectations (including a support group)
Healthy eating and weight management
Exercise and ways to improve physical activity
Compression therapy (Multi-layer bandaging, hosiery, Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy, and wraps)
Skin care and protection
Referral to KLC:
There is limited funding for treatment available through Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group (MBCCG).
A referral form can be downloaded by clicking here.