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What may appear to an outsider as a trifle, for the person affected it can be a huge problem. Psychological stress is a highly individual feeling and should not be assessed or judged by anybody.

Our team at the Hanse-Klinik takes the matter as seriously as you. Our aim is to help you to feel healthy and more comfortable in your daily life with a well-proportioned body shape and an attractive appearance.

Many lipoedema patients have been struggling with this condition for many years and have numerous visits to doctors behind them. We have a sympathetic ear for your problems. Together with you we consider the further course of the therapy and discuss the ways in which we can improve the quality of your life.

We maintain close contact to counselling centres and self-help groups.


Lipoedema is a condition that occurs almost exclusively in women. It manifests itself as disproportioned voluminous legs often together with a slender trunk. The increasing accumulation of excess fat on the legs usually appears during puberty or after pregnancies and can hardly ever be influenced by a change of diet or by exercise. The causes are unknown though hormones and inheritance are thought to play an important role.


In addition to the increase in volume of the legs – more rarely the arms – there is a feeling of tightness and heaviness as well as sensitivity to touch and pressure. This is a result of oedema (water retention) in the subcutaneous fatty tissue, which especially in the evenings is noticeable after long periods of standing or when it is warm. A further symptom is recurrent bruising.

Conservative treatment

The oedema can be removed by lymphatic drainage and using compression stockings (complete decongestive therapy, CDT). This leads to an improvement in symptoms, though the existing abnormal increase in subcutaneous fat will not be rectified.

Operative treatment

Since the introduction of liposuction (fat removal) it is possible for the first time to remove the increased volume of subcutaneous fatty tissue. The development of new techniques of local anaesthesia (tumescent anaesthesia) as well as new suction techniques (vibration-assisted liposuction) using thin and minimally-invasive microprobes have revolutionized the treatment of lipoedema. In this way not only your appearance and body proportions return to normal but there is also a marked improvement of physical and mental complaints.


For many of those affected the symptoms deteriorate during the course of their lives. Initially, in uniformly soft subcutaneous fatty tissue (stage I) nodules occur and the tissue becomes more solid (stage II). In the worst case extremely fat legs with the formation of bulging fat cuffs can arise (stage III).

Publications (cover)

Publications 2019

Baumgartner A. (2019)
Magazine Article in the Norwegian Lymfeposten p.18-19 ("Lipoedema and the Psyche") „Lipødem og psyken" (Read here) in „Lymfeposten – Norsk Lymfødem og Lipødemforbunds Medlemsblad“, Nr. 3 (2019)
Baumgartner A. (2019)
Magazine Article in the Norwegian Lymfeposten p.26-27 ("Lipoedema on board") „Lipødem ombord: Råd for en enklere reise“ (Read here)
in „Lymfeposten – Norsk Lymfødem og Lipødemforbunds Medlemsblad“, Nr. 3 (2019)

Publications 2018

Baumgartner A. (2018)
Magazine Article in the Norwegian Lymfeposten p.25 ("Exercising with a burden") „Trening med en byrde“ (Read here)
in „Lymfeposten – Norsk Lymfødem og Lipødemforbunds Medlemsblad“, Nr. 2 (2018)
Baumgartner A. (2018)
Magazine Article in the Norwegian Lymfeposten p.22-24 ("Ten answers to the most frequent questions about lipoedema") „Ti svar pa de vanligste sparsmal om lipödem“ (Read here)
in „Lymfeposten – Norsk Lymfødem og Lipødemforbunds Medlemsblad“, Nr. 1 (2018)

Publications 2017

Baumgartner A. (2017)
Magazine Article in the Norwegian Lymfeposten p.27 (Lipoedema and puberty) „Lipodem og pubertet“ (Read here)
in „Lymfeposten – Norsk Lymfødem og Lipødemforbunds Medlemsblad“, Nr. 4 (2017)
Baumgartner A., Schmeller W. (2017)
Benigne asymmetrische Lipomatose Launois-Bensaude: Eine Kasuistik
Lymphologie in Forschung und Praxis 21 (2)2017: 2-3
Baumgartner A. (2017)
Magazine Article in the Norwegian Lympheposten p.22-24 (“Lipoedema- a heavy burden”) "Lipødem– en tung byrde" (Read here)
in „Lymfeposten – Norsk Lymfødem og Lipødemforbunds Medlemsblad“, Nr. 3 (2017)

Publications 2016

Frambach Y, Baumgartner A, Schmeller W (2016)
Lipödem – eine „schwere“ Diagnose? (Read here)
Vasomed 5/2016: 2-3

Publications 2015

Frambach Y, Baumgartner A, Schmeller W (2015)
Lipödem und Lebensqualität (Read here)
Vasomed 5/2015: 2-3
Baumgartner A, Hüppe M. Schmeller W (2015)
Long-term benefit of liposuction in patients with lipoedema: a follow-up study after an average of 4 and 8 years (Read here)
Brit J Dermatol 174: 1061-1067
Schmeller W, Baumgartner A, Frambach Y (2015)
Sekundäres Lymphödem unter dem Bild einer einseitigen Lipohypertrophie (non-pitting lymphedema). Eine Kasuistik (Read here)
LymphForsch 19 (2): 104-108
Baumgartner A, Hüppe M, Schmeller W (2015)
Wie lange profitieren Lipödempatientinnen von der Liposuktion? Eine Nachuntersuchung nach durchschnittlich vier und acht Jahren. (Read here)
LymphForsch 19 (1): 8-14

Publications 2002 - 2014

Schmeller W, Baumgartner A (2014)
Operative Aspekte bei Liposuktion des Lipödems: Zwölf Fragen – zwölf Antworten (Read here)
LymphForsch 18 (1): 6-12
Schmeller W, Baumgartner A (2013)
Benigne symmetrische Lipomatose Launois-Bensaude. Stellenwert der Liposuktion (Read here)
LymphForsch 17 (2): 83-87
Schmeller W, Hartwig D (2012)
Lipödem mit kongenitaler Analbuminämie (Read here)
LymphForsch 16 (2): 58-63
Schmeller W, Hueppe M, Meier-Vollrath I (2012)
Tumescent liposuction in lipoedema yields good long-term results (Read here)
Brit J Dermatol 166: 161-168
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2011)
Lipödem. Zertifizierte Fortbildung (Read here)
vasomed 23 (4): 183-190
Schmeller W, Hüppe M, Meier-Vollrath I (2010)
Langzeitveränderungen nach Liposuktion bei Lipödem (Read here)
LymphForsch 14 (2): 17-28
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2010)
Liposuktion beim Lipödem als kassenärztliche Leistung, Pro und Kontra unter Beachtung gesundheitsökonomischer Aspekte (Read here)
LymphForsch 14 (1): 9-13
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2009)
Lipödem und Liposuktion: Erfahrungen mit dem Medizinischen Dienst der Krankenkassen (MDK) (Read here)
LymphForsch 13 (2): 95-102
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2009)
Lipödem. Moderne Diagnostik und Therapie (Read here)
Gefässchirurgie 14; 516-522
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2008)
Schmerzen beim Lipödem. Versuch einer Annäherung. (Read here)
LymphForsch 12: 7-11
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2008)
Lipödem: Neuer Stellenwert der Physiotherapie durch Kombination konservativer und operativer Maßnahmen. (Read here)
pt Zeitschrift für Physiotherapeuten 60: 660-666
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2007)
Das Lipödem: neue Möglichkeiten der Therapie (Read here)
Schweiz Med Forum 7: 150-155
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2006)
Lymphgefäßschädigung durch Liposuktion? Eine immunhistologische Untersuchung. (Read here)
LymphForsch 10: 80-84
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2005)
Lipödem: Ein Update (Read here)
Lymphforsch 9: 10-20
 Meier-Vollrath I, Schneider W, Schmeller W (2005)
Lipödem: Verbesserte Lebensqualität durch Therapiekombination.
Dt. Ärzteblatt 102: A1061-A1067
Schmeller W, Meier-Vollrath I (2004)
Erfolgreiche Therapie der Lipödems mittels Liposuktion. (Read here)
Phlebologie 33: 23-29
Schmeller W. Meier-Vollrath I (2002)
Zum aktuellen Stand der Liposuktion (Read here)
Der Deutsche Dermatologe 9: 590-594


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