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How to Get a Lipedema Diagnosis

If you wish to know if you have lipedema, it is not hard to make a diagnosis. The hard part may be in finding a physician, nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant that is educated about the disease. The diagnosis does not rely on any blood test, scans, or anything invasive. The diagnosis rests solely on the practitioner collecting a thorough medical history and performing a detailed physical exam.

Currently there is no specialty of medicine that is dedicated to this fat disorder. You may find a doctor in several different fields that may help. A primary care doctor such as a family practice doctor or an internal medicine doctor would be a good place to start. However, vein specialists and OB/Gyn doctors are making diagnosis more commonly now. An internet search for “lipedema diagnosis” is a good place to start. You may need to travel out of state depending on where you live.

If you wish to apply for insurance coverage based on a diagnosis, then you may want to use a specialist who is more dedicated to lipedema. This is because they will be able to document key items on history and exam that are criteria the insurance companies look for. A practitioner may also be required to deal with a significant amount of paperwork on your behalf in the process, and many busy doctors who are not dedicated to lipedema may not have the time to help you.  (see our Insurance Coverage page)

At Artlipo Lipedema Surgery Center, our practitioners can make a diagnosis for you separate from our surgery services. If you wish to have this done you can schedule a consultation/office visit by calling our office. This will require an in-person office visit if you reside outside of Florida. The office visit would include full assistance with paperwork that is needed for insurance reimbursement as well as the expertise of our dedicated insurance specialist.

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