What are the side effects of surgery as a treatment of Dercum's disease?


Many people suffering from Dercum's disease choose to the remove painful fatty swellings (lipomas) surgically. This treatment method can be effective in relieving pain caused by the tissue damage lipomas create. However, multiple surgeries can increase the risk of further tissue damage because they can cause disruptions in muscle or skin tissue. Massage therapy from a licensed professional can be used as an alternative method of pain relief in the areas surrounding lipomas.

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Dercum's Disease

Dercum's disease is a rare disease in which you develop growths of fatty tissue called lipomas just under your skin. When these growths press against your nerves, the pain can very severe. Common symptoms of Dercum's are weight ga...

in that is unrelated to diet or exercise, strange accumulations of fat that have an abnormal consistency, feelings of extreme tiredness and pain to the touch in the affected areas. This disease occurs more often in women than in men. There are no specific tests for diagnosing Dercum's disease. If you have symptoms, you should see your doctor or a pain specialist to help control your pain.

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