Program Complete

The TREAT Program is complete. This website is scheduled to be archived and disabled by July 1, 2020. Please contact  karenherbst@email.arizona.edu with any concerns or questions.

New Post-liposuction Research Study

Removal of abnormal fat tissue from people with lipedema or dercum disease by lymphatic sparing liposuction is a common treatment in europe and now in the united states. If you are 18 years of age or older with lipedema or dercum disease and have undergone liposuction to remove abnormal fat tissue in the united states, contact Dr. Karen Herbst and the TREAT Program.

At the University of Arizona ask that you participate in a questionnaire study to better understand the benefits and drawbacks (if any) of liposuction performed in the united states. You must complete written consent online to participate in the study. The study consists of answering 183 questions in an online survey and should take no more than one hour.

Complete the survey 


An institutional review board responsible for human subjects research at the University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and university policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.