I wish I had taken some notes is all I can say, but I was so mesmerised by Dr Ramin Shayan of the University of Melbourne, Australia that I just sat and listened. So I'll have to rely on what impacted me most to pass onto you.
First of all I have to mention Dr Shayan's humility - he addressed the Plenary Session of the Conference on the last day and started out by saying how much more we all knew than him and he was in awe of being in a room of so many therapists with so much knowledge. Well, you could hear a pin drop - we're used to being ignored in the medical world so having a surgeon commend us was a big thing. He added that he's usually stuck as the last speaker at medical conferences after many delegates had already left and those who were still there were almost asleep. Turns out that lymphoedema/lipoedema is ignored no matter what level of medical training you have. Isn't that a really sad indication of our healthcare system?
Dr Shayan talked about the surgery he is doing with lymphoedema and lipoedema, in particular lympho-venous stenosis - attaching a lymphatic capillary to a vein to bypass the damaged area. They are having excellent success with this procedure.
He also specialises in liposuction and debulking for lymphoedema and lipoedema so if you are considering surgical treatment, I can full recommend him as a caring, knowledgeable surgeon who understands the lymphatic system to a microscopic detail.
Dr Shayan was also present at the second Lipoedema Conference held last weekend in Melbourne and was interviewed by The Project for their package on lipoedema which aired this week on Channel 10. Watch it here.