Practical Aspects of Lymphedema (UIP2013-11)

This activity will take you through an understanding of edema, lymphatic involvement in venous disease and common reasons for leg swelling. This introduction will show the learner how to measure edema reduction as well as treatment of venous edema and new possibilities of reducing edema.

This course includes:

Lymphatic Involvement in Venous Disease
Hugo Partsch, MD, FACPh
Common Reasons for Leg Swelling
Mieke Flour, MD
How Can We Measure Edema Reduction
Giovanni Mosti, MD
Treatment of Venous Edema
Martino Neumann, MD
New Possibilities for Reducing Edema
Robert Damstra, MD
Panel Discussion


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Target Audience

The content of this activity is designed to meet the needs of the following target audience:  phlebologists, general surgeons, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional cardiologists, vascular medicine practitioners, dermatologists, dermatologic surgeons, family practice and internal medicine practitioners, plastic surgeons, obstetricians and gynecologists, cardiologists, and any other healthcare professional currently or planning on treating patients with venous disease.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe what edema is due to.
  2. Recognize that lymphatic failure is the cause of chronic edema.
  3. State the three different mechanisism for chronic edema and lymphatic failure.
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Ted Chambers, MDContent ReviewerNonen/a
Robert Damstra, MDSpeakerNonen/a
Heather Durband, BSStaffNonen/a
Mieke Flour, MDSpeakerNonen/a
Antonio Gasparis, MDScientific Committee/PlannerCovidien; Cook; Vascular Insights; GoreConsultant/Speaker
Jean-Jérôme Guex, MD, FACPhScientific Committee/PlannerServier International; Thuasne; Vascular InsightsSpeaker/Consultant; Scientific Committee Member
Joseph Jenkins, MD, FACS, RPVI, RPhS, RVT, FACPhContent ReviewerNonen/a
Michelle McEvoy, RN, MSN/EdContent ReviewerNonen/a
Mark Meissner, MDScientific Committee/PlannerNonen/a
Nick Morrison, MD, FACS, FACPh, RPhSScientific Committee/PlannerMedi; Merz; BTG; VenXSpeaker; Consultant; Principal Investigator; Scientific Advisory Board
Peter Mortimer, MD, FRCPSpeakerNonen/a
Giovanni Mosti, MDSpeakerNonen/a
Martino Neumann, MDSpeakermediClinical Advisor
Hugo Partsch, MD, FACPhSpeakerTactile Systems Inc.Consultant
Melvin Rosenblatt, MD, FACPhScientific Committee/PlannerNonen/a
Thomas Wakefield, MDScientific Committee/PlannerNonen/a
Steven Zimmet, MD, RVT, FACPhScientific Committee/PlannerMerz AestheticsSpeaker



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Discussion of Off-Label Use

Although no longer required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), ACP CME requests all faculty to inform learners of any products they will discuss that are off-label or investigational.

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Review & Recertification

This course was reviewed and recertified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM in March 2015 and February 2017.

As of February 2020, this course is not being offered for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTMYou may still purchase this course at this time, however, you will not be able to claim credit.


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