Lipedema is a chronic disease of the subcutaneous fatty tissue that is still largely unknown and often overseen by doctors. It is partially hereditary and its causes have not yet been fully clarified.

Symptoms of lipedema

Those affected show a strong tendency to bruising, which is caused by an increased fragility of the blood vessels. The permeability of the vessel walls increases as a result and more lymph fluid enters the surrounding tissue. This can no longer be transported away by the intact lymph vessel system and a typical feeling of pressure and tension develops. The constant proliferation of fat cells is a cause of oxygen deficiency in the tissue. As a result, an inflammatory process is set in motion, which leads to further tissue damage and pain in the case of lipedema.

Lipoedema has so far only been proven on legs and arms, scientific evidence for lipoedema on the abdomen or other areas has not yet been established.  In addition to the buttocks and hips, the legs or thighs are also most frequently affected by lipedema in 97 percent of cases.

In 31 percent of the cases, the typical symptoms of lipedema also appear on the arms. Experience shows that even in a symptom-free condition, the arms themselves carry at least the predisposition to lipedema and in the further course of time also develop a condition requiring surgery. The manifestation on the arms is often less pronounced or only becomes apparent with increasing age.

Affected persons, who already fall ill during puberty, often suffer considerably from the physical effects of the lipedema, also psychologically. The lipedema does not react or hardly reacts at all to attempts to lose weight through sport, healthy nutrition or a diet. This circumstance considerably increases the frustration of the affected women

At the beginning of the 2000s, Dr. Falk-Christian Heck first came into contact with a previously unknown disease – lipedema. The clinical picture of the affected women was met with neither acceptance nor understanding by the doctors. Even today, in many cases lipedema is still misdiagnosed as overweight or obesity (adiposity). The disease often remains undetected for a long time. Those affected suffer from shame, self-reproach and frustration.

As an experienced surgeon, Dr. Heck developed a completely new and sustainably effective surgical method, the lipedema surgery (lipo-decompression), which

  • stops the lipedema
  • is a pain-free surgery
  • eliminates the need for compression garments
  • improves the quality of life

These are still our goals today at the LipoClinic Dr. Heck GmbH!

We are here for you! You can gladly call us at +49 208 44475981 or contact us by filling out our contact form.

If you decide to proceed with the treatment at the LipoClinic, we kindly ask you to consider the following:

  • You need a flat-knitted custom-made compression garment in compression class 2. This can be prescribed by your phlebologist or family doctor.
  • For treatment, a diagnosis for lipedema must be provided in a written form by an external specialist for lipedema (e.g. a phlebologist or lymphologist).
  • For reasons of anaesthesia eligibility, your body weight should be below 130kg. If your weight is higher, we will be happy to advise you on alternative approaches.

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