Obesity and Obesity-Related Lymphoedema & Lipedema

A must-see for every Certified Lymphoedema Therapist and referring physician. There are many misconceptions about obesity and its association with lymphoedema and lipedema. Many common myths negatively impact the treatment provided to patients suffering from these diseases. This lecture will change your attitude about obesity and alter your therapeutic approach and typical recommendations for patients suffering from obesity, lymphoedema, and/or lipedema.

Educational Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Instructional Method: Online/Distance Learning

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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 lymphoedema and lipedema.


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Within three to five business days of receiving your registration and payment, you will be sent your username, password, and instructions on how to access and navigate the online course. You will have 3 MONTHS of access to the online course, starting from the time you receive your username and password by email.

Please ensure you have a reliable internet connection when undertaking in the course work.

Dr. Tobias Bertsh has been a senior consultant at the Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany since 2005, specializing in lymphology and bariatric medicine. He also serves as Secretary General of the German Society of Lymphology.

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.

No prior lymphedema certification required.  This course is offered to all Medical Practitioners, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Podiatrists, Accredited Exercise Physiologists, Massage Therapists, Physiotherapy Assistants, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Nursing students and students undertaking health professional qualifications.

NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.

The tuition for this online course is $175.00AUD (inc GST). The full amount is due upon registration.

You are required to approve the Klose Training and Consulting and Lymphoedema Education Solutions Participant Agreement on registration for this course.

The Obesity and Obesity-Related Lymphedema & Lipedema course offers 2.5 contact hours of online continuing education.

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.


Once you complete the registration form below, you will be directed to the payment section for this course.

By ticking this box the applicant acknowledges that he/she has read and agrees to be bound by all of the terms and conditions in the Participant Agreement as a condition of being accepted into the course.

The following agreement is made between the Online Course registrant (hereafter “the student”) and Klose Training & Consulting, LLC (hereafter KTC) and Lymphoedema Education Solutions (hereafter LES)

The student undertakes the online course on the condition that they are suitably qualified in accordance with the online course prerequisites and hold a current registration or, for those that do not have registration, meet the requirements for their profession as per what is listed on the registration form.

Scope of Practice
It is the responsibility of the student – not KTC or LES – to ensure that the skills acquired through any Klose Training course are within their scope of practice as defined by their professional registration board. Any therapist who practices outside their scope of practice is jeopardizing the health of their client/patient and is at risk of losing their registration.

Within three to five business days of receiving the student’s registration and payment, the student will be sent their username, password, and instructions on how to access and navigate the online course. The student will have 3 MONTHS of access to the online course, starting from the time they receive their username and password by email. The student needs to ensure they have a reliable internet connection when undertaking in the course work.

Online Quiz
In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, the student must be a registered health care professional and meet the prerequisites outlined as part of this course registration. The student must also successfully complete the online quiz at the end of the course by answering 80% or more of the questions correctly.

Tuition & Refund Policy
Course tuition is specific to the course. (Refer to the LES website.) The full amount is due at the time of registration. If the student cancels prior to the course access information being emailed, the student will be refunded the tuition electronically within 10 business days, minus a nonrefundable administrative charge of $50.00AUD. No refunds will be given after a username and password have been emailed to the student.

Certificate of Completion
Once a registered professional health care provider has successfully completed the quiz and signed and returned to KTC the Course Evaluation Form, Tracking Log, and Student Information Form, that student will be emailed a Certificate of Completion. (Non-professionals are not eligible for a certificate.)

Continuing Professional Education Points
KTC’s online courses may be used towards the student continuing education points for their professional body and the Australasian Lymphology Association’s National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register. The certificate will state the number of hours completed.

Privacy Policy
KTC and LES respects the student’s personal information and their privacy. KTC and LES will use their best efforts to protect the student’s personal information from unauthorised access. KTC and LES may use the student’s personal information to contact the student from time to time about products and services that KTC and LES think the student may be interested in

The student appreciates that the course materials and online content being provided to them by KTC contain confidential and privileged patient information and photographs. The student acknowledges that these materials are protected by copyright and other laws governing intellectual property and are, unless otherwise stated, the property of KTC. The student understands that they may print the manual and other curriculum documents only one time for the sole purpose of completing the online course they have purchased. The student will not remove from the materials any references to KTC’s copyright nor otherwise reproduce or re-transmit any of the materials in whole or part, in any manner, without the prior consent of KTC. The student understands to do so would be an ethical breach and a violation of copyright law. (These restrictions do not apply to course attachments that are clearly meant to be shared.) The student understands that they are the only person allowed to access the KTC online courses with their username and password. They will not share their username and password with any other individual nor allow anyone else access to the online course or curriculum. Lastly, the student acknowledges that KTC online courses are solely for the education and training of individual medical professionals. The student understands that they may share their accumulated knowledge with other professionals but never, under any circumstances, train nor certify any other individual in the course topic unless granted instructor privileges according to KTC guidelines.
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