NEW COURSE – Obesity and Obesity-Related Lymphedema & Lipedema

Between Myth and Science

Course Description

A must-see for every Certified Lymphedema Therapist and referring physician! There are many misconceptions about obesity and its association with lymphedema and lipedema. Many common myths negatively impact the treatment provided to patients suffering from these diseases. This lecture will change your attitude about obesity and alter your therapeutic approach and typical recommendations for patients suffering from obesity, lymphedema, and/or lipedema.

Video length: 1hr 47min.

Educational Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Instructional Method: Online/Distance Learning

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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the causes of obesity.
  • Identify the impact of obesity on the integrity and function of lymph collectors/lymphatic transport.
  • Identify the impact of obesity on the muscle pump and inguinal lymph nodes.
  • Distinguish between obesity-induced lymphedema and obesity-induced lipedema.
  • Differentiate between lipedema and lipohypertrophy.
  • Explain how the body processes sugar in a way that exacerbates fat accumulation.
  • Identify three reasons why weight-loss diets have a high failure rate in the long term.
  • Describe a therapeutic approach for patients with a BMI over 40.
  • Describe a multi-disciplinary treatment approach for patients with Class 3 obesity-induced lymphedema and lipedema.

Upon registration and payment of the course fee, you will be emailed a Student Agreement within 3 business days. Once the Agreement is electronically signed by you and emailed back to Klose Training, a username and password for accessing the online course will be emailed to you within 3 business days. You will have 3 MONTHS of access to the online course from the time the access information is emailed to you.

Dr. Tobias Bertsh has been a senior consultant at the Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany since 2005, specializing in lymphology and bariatric medicine. He also serves as Secretary General of the German Society of Lymphology.

In 2008, Dr. Bertsch developed a unique, multi-disciplinary therapy program for patients with morbid obesity, obesity-associated lymphedema, and lipedema. This very successful program includes bariatric and plastic surgery – when indicated – in addition to conservative treatment with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

Dr. Bertsch is one of only two physicians in Germany who consults in an outpatient setting approved by the health insurance commission with patients who have lymphedema and lipedema. Dr. Bertsch and his team consult with approximately 4000 patients per year.

In 2012, Dr. Bertsch earned Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE), the only internationally-recognized certification in obesity management for health care professionals. SCOPE was an outcome of the 2002 European Union Obesity Summit that highlighted the need to improve clinical management of obesity.

Dr. Bertsch is an Associate Professor at the University of Freiburg, Department of Health Education, where he frequently lectures on obesity and the impact of obesity on health policy in Germany. He also lectures extensively throughout Germany and has presented lectures in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Ireland, and the United States.

Prior to his work at the Foeldi Clinic, Dr. Bertsch served six years as an emergency medical physician. After attending medical school, he completed residencies in Germany and South Africa before receiving specialty accreditation in internal medicine in Germany.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Bertsch earned an undergraduate degree in social education in Emden, Germany.

To receive a Certificate of Completion, the student must be a licensed health care professional and watch all video portions of the course, pass an online quiz with a score of 80% or better, and return the required documents specified in the course. The Certificate will then be emailed to the student.

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