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Lipedema Center opens September 2, 2014 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research & Treatment in New York City

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Dr. Mark Smith, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City opens the Lipedema Center, a part of the Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research & Treatment, offering medically reconstructive lymph sparing liposuction for lipedema on September 2, 2014. Dr. Josef Stutz, one of the top expert surgeons in lipedema from Germany, is visiting and assisting in bringing this treatment to the USA.

Dr. Smith is also Director of the newly established Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Center for Lymphedema Research & Treatment. In addition to treatment, the Center focuses on research in the areas of lymphedema, lipedema and the underlying fat metabolism that effects both conditions.

Dr. Smith has received numerous Patients’ Choice Awards, been included in Castle Connolly’s list of Top Doctors in Plastic Surgery and New York Magazine’s Best Doctors List, and recognized by his peers as one of the “Best Doctor’s in America” for the last 14 years. Website info click here

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  • Underborrowedskies says:

    Reblogged this on Under Borrowed Skies – South Korea and commented:
    Please see Catherines’s exciting news- medical people actually interested in finding us a solution!

  • helensamia says:

    Reblogged this on My Lymph Node Transplant and commented:
    Reblogging this as great news for those with lipedema and lymphedema living in the US… No more need to travel to Europe for the lymph sparing liposuction..

  • helensamia says:

    Great news Catherine… This is great to see the advances in surgery for lipedema and Lymphedema.. Have reblogged

  • Happy to see this, I wish him well!
    Harriet Forman, EdD, RN

  • Erika Bueno says:

    Hello, I live in CA. Can you please refer me to a treatment center out here? I believe I’m in the early stages, I have ALL of the symptoms. I’m a little scared and self conscious, but also excited that there might be a treatment.

  • Ilana says:

    I’m trying to find out which lipo is best for Lipedema. I know it should be tumescent with a power-assisted micro-cannula, but Is the water-assisted lipo the safest on the lymph system and will the laser lipo destroy the lymphatic tissues and make the lipedema worse by turning it into lipo-lymphedema? I can’t let a plastic surgeon who’s never heard of lipedema make this decision. I would be most grateful if you could answer my questions. Thank you.

    • Hi Ilana,
      Since many women have had different liposuction successfully, I think it’s more the skill of the surgeon than the particular technique, and the knowledge that they have of lipedema. Since lipedema is so little known as a disorder, most doctors and surgeons don’t know of it, let alone how to treat it. I have personally seen great results with tumescent with vibrating micro cannula with several doctors in Germany and also great results with water-assisted jet liposuction, both in Germany and here in the US. As you state, I too have been to numerous docs and surgeons who didn’t have knowledge of lipedema, and initially experienced mis-diagnosis and resulting very dire complications and damage to my lymph system. I learned to be sure that the doctor and surgeon is familiar with lipedema.
      Best, Catherine

  • M. Miller says:

    I live near Detroit, Michigan. Do you know of physicians near me?

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