The Centre for Lipedema in Beverwijk aims to inform, guide and treat patients who suffer
from this condition. The Centre is part of the department of Dermatology at the Red Cross
Hospital Beverwijk. Until now there has not been much attention for this condition. The first
scientific publications date from 1940, now 75 years ago, in which Allen and Hines describe
this condition. Very often women suffering from lipedema are not heard, understood,
believed or ill advised. And actually that is sad.
Fortunately, in recent years there has become more attention for this severely
underestimated condition that affects a large number of women. Increasingly more
information can be found on the Internet. Patient associations have been founded, looking
after these patients’ interests. Recently, on May 30 th 2015, there was a national lipedema
day where information in the broadest sense of the word was provided.
Although there were hardly any possibilities to treat lipedema in the past, this has changed
over the past 10-15 years. There is more attention for this condition and more therapeutic
possibilities have become available.