The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Managing Side Effects of HIV TreatmentManaging Side Effects of HIV Treatment
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Lipodystrophy and the omentum
Jan 9, 2011

Egrifta is too new to really know whether many people will benefit. What I've read seems doubtful.

Another procedure is an outright Omentectomy, removal of the visceral fat layer. I wonder if there are any medically justifiable situations (other than cancer) that would allow for the removal of this layer or whether it's even advisable.

I've had lipodystrophy for years - I hide it well, but I'm sick of people making comments about my belly. It hurts my feelings and makes me self conscious. Despite my exercising and diet control, it doesn't really do much for it.

One of my doctors suggested that it might be difficult to get an insurance company to pay for an MRI to scan that region to see the actual fat buildup. Is this something you've seen before?

I believe the buildup is affecting my bowel movements and possibly affecting my diaphragm. But we wouldn't really know until we had a scan done.

Have you heard of anyone having an Omentectomy for this reason?

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Henry

The intra-abdominal fat seen with lipodystrophy is widely distributed so not sure if removing the omentum would have much of an effect. If any reader knows of a study or has experience with that please post.KH

having a baby

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint