The journey to a new life!

The LipoClinic Dr. Heck is specialized in the treatment of lipedema and we know the long ordeal that you have already gone through. A path that is marked by ignorance and incomprehension. Those affected often feel alone and misunderstood by their environment. With our many years of experience, we would like to help you take the step into a new life.

 

Therapy: the effective treatment of lipedema

The first step in the treatment of lipedema is conservative decongestive therapy. A treatment by flat-knit compression and manual lymph drainage. However, it is not suitable as the sole form of therapy for the treatment of lipedema. However, it is indispensable in preparation for operative lipoedema therapy by means of liposuction. In addition, liposuction can be positively prepared by sports and a sensible diet, and fluid retention can be reduced in combination with compression pants. However, the pathological fatty tissue of the lipedema is not stopped from multiplying.

The surgery 

The large-volume liposuction in the course of an surgery is the only sustainable and trend-setting treatment of the lipedema. If performed consistently and competently, excellent results with very few complications can be expected throughout.

With 2,500 lipo-decompressions per year, we are the world leader in lipoedema surgery. Our anaesthesia is performed by our experienced anaesthetists under general anaesthesia.

The surgery technique

Water jet assisted liposuction (WAL technique)

Lipedema surgery (lipo-decompressions) is usually performed using water jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or tumescent local anaesthesia (TLA). At the LipoClinic we prefer the WAL technique, as this technique offers many advantages with regard to the comfort and safety of the patients during treatment. Water jet assisted liposuction for lipedema has been used since 2006 and since then has proven to be a convincing therapy.

 

After the tumescent solution has been injected for local anaesthesia, constriction of the vessels and tissue suspension, the suction of the fatty tissue can begin. This shortens the operation time considerably compared to TLA. In addition, it prevents the drugs contained in the injection solution from entering the patient's circulation in only small concentrations. This considerably reduces the risk of drug-related side effects on the cardiovascular system. Compared to other liposuction methods, the procedure is very gentle on the tissue. The risk of damaging the vessels and nerves is very low. It has been proven that there is no possible damage to the lymphatic system.

Successful stop of lipedema

Studies have shown a reduction in pain for liposuctions after application of the WAL procedure. Furthermore, shorter recovery times and a reduced tendency to swelling have been observed with this method. The vast majority of our patients become pain-free within a few days. Very often no further therapies such as compression or lymphatic drainage are necessary in the long term. In the case of a simultaneous illness with lipo-lymphedema, the WAL procedure also leads to success. In these patients, however, the need for permanent wearing of compression underwear despite the operation remains.

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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