No prior lymphedema certification is required!
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 2.5 hr course will change your attitude about obesity and alter your therapeutic approach and typical recommendations for patients suffering from obesity, lymphedema, and/or lipedema.
Educational Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online/Distance Learning
AOTA Classifications: Professional Issues – Contemporary Issues and Trends
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.
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.
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.
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.