International Society for Endovascular Surgery--ISET 2018

I was fortunate to be invited to participate as a faculty member for ISET 2018. This meeting of radiologists, surgeons, and cardiologists is one of the 3 largest and most prestigious gatherings of endovascular physicians in the world. I presented a talk on the enigma of the swollen leg that highlighted the unique aspects of venous edema, lymphedema, and lipedema. The talk generated many follow-up comments with regard to lipedema. It remains such a fascinating yet poorly understood and under-diagnosed disease.

I also gave a talk about the Principal-Agent Dilemma which describes the information asymmetry inherent in the doctor-patient relationship. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous physicians who mislead patients into unnecessary and sometimes dangerous procedures. This talk was picked up by the press, https://www.tctmd.com/news/clinician-patient-mismatch-how-get-past-imbalance-knowledge-and-power. It is critical that patients ask questions and do as much research as possible before submitting to either venous or arterial procedures. If something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't so please be careful, get a second opinion. Your legs are worth the effort. Go only to Board Certified endovascular physicians. Check education, check training, and check credentials. There are many pretenders and self-proclaimed experts who are in fact "lemons". To help find yourself a "peach" of a doctor, see my earlier post on "5 Questions to ask your doctor".