If you struggle with fat, especially disproportionately distributed on your thighs, butt, hips, maybe upper arms, and you've efforted to reduce to no avail, you might have a fat disorder called lipedema (lipoedema in Europe). This site is dedicated to raising awareness and offering education about this little-known and generally misdiagnosed disease. We hope you find answers here.

I'm Catherine Seo, PhD. I founded Lipedema Simplifed LLC in 2013 to try and find answers. It's been an amazing and miraculous journey that I am profoundly grateful for. This website is about my personal journey and discovery with lipedema...

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Co-Founded The Lipedema Project with Mark L. Smith, MD, FACS Executive Director of The Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery at Northwell Health in New York

Executive Director, The Lipedema Project

...and trying to piece together a complex puzzle.

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lipedema research and awareness

How You Can Increase Lipedema Awareness

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Today, I’m going to talk about the International Lymphatic Disease and Lymphedema Patient Registry & Biorepository. It is a crucial vehicle for research and increasing awareness about lymphedema and lipedema. The information I’ll cover in this post has been taken directly from the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) website.…
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Pain with Lipedema

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This week, I am going to discuss the pain that women with lipedema experience. I will focus on a study by Schmeller & Meier-Vollrath that was published in the German journal LymphForsch in 2008. The title of the paper is “Pain with Lipoedema: Attempt to Approximate.” (Note: “lipoedema” is the…

Why Lipedema Fat is Different

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Welcome back to Living Well with Lipedema! In this post, I want to continue building a foundation of knowledge about lipedema. I’m going to talk about the differences between normal body fat and lipedema fat. Although there are similarities between them, we’ll see that there are also major differences that…

. . . and sharing treatment, resources and research . . .

A Closer Look at Lipedema and the Effects on the Lymphatic System

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A Closer Look at Lipedema and the Effects on the Lymphatic System By Joachim Zuther, on December 13th, 2012 Lymphedema BLOG - posting on the relationship of lymphedema and lipoedema.

Evaluation and management of the fat leg syndrome

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Evaluation and management of the fat leg syndrome click here for pdf download Warren AG, Janz BA, Borud LJ, Slavin SA Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 2007 Jan;119(1):9e-15e. Abstract LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Discuss the initial…

Water Jet-Assisted Liposuction for Patients with Lipoedema: Histologic and Immunohistologic Analysis of the Aspirates of 30 Lipoedema Patients

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Water Jet-Assisted Liposuction for Patients with Lipoedema: Histologic and Immunohistologic Analysis of the Aspirates of 30 Lipoedema Patients click here for pdf download J. J. Stutz Æ D. Krahl Abstract Lipoedema is a fat distribution disorder causing massive, bilaterally symmetrical enlargement of the lower and in some cases the upper…

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Human Med Feature

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Human Med features Drs Stutz, Heck, Dayan and Smith & Catherine Seo in June Newsletter Human Med is the company in Germany that produces the medical equipment used in WAL lymph sparing liposuction for lipedema (Water assisted jet liposuction). In their recent newsletter, they featured the event held in Frankfurt…


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Diagnosis Excellent info from LymphedemaPeople to help your healthcare professional understand the differences between lymphedema and lipedema and diagnosis you. DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS FOR LIPEDEMA

UK News

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UK News Dr Dirk Pilat, editor of the Lipoedema UK and Royal College of GP’s elearning course on Lipoedema, was invited on to Dr Mark Porters BBC Radio 4 programme  Inside Health on 23rd September to discuss lipoedema. Programme link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04hvynt

MeSH identification number for lipedema

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: preliminary MeSH identification number (DUI or Descriptor Unique Identifier) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for LIPEDEMA is D065134. MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the NLM controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed. Without a MeSH term, lipedema cannot be recognized for insurance coverage. Now…

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