Walk-in walk-out Treatment of Varicose Veins
The Whiteley Clinic is a private Medical Facility specialising in surgical and non-surgical treatment of varicose veins and venous conditions - and is where The Whiteley Protocol™ was developed for the treatment of varicose veins.
The Whiteley Clinic introduced the new minimally invasive (or "pin-hole") surgery techniques to the UK by performing the first such procedure in the UK in March 1999.
We have continued to stay at the forefront of this revolution and have both a national and international reputation for our work and innovation. We have now performed over 15,000 minimally invasive or "Keyhole" procedures using EVLA (Laser), Radiofrequency (VNUS Closure® or VNUS Closure® FAST™ and now the new RFiTT®), Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS), Transluminal Occlusion of Perforating veins (TRLOP) and ambulatory phlebectomy. We also use the new “SuperGlue” (Venaseal) and Clarivein on those patients requesting it and who are suitable for it.
In addition, we perform Microsclerotherapy for Thread Veins.
We have a strong research ethic and continually introduce new techniques to our practice, once we have shown that they are effective.
Endovenous courses and thread vein courses
The Whiteley Clinic runs a series of courses throughout the year to teach doctors, dentists, nurses and other healthcare professionals different aspects of Phlebology and endovenous treatments.
These courses are run through The Clinical Exchange and include:
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
- Radiofrequency (RFA)
- TRansLuminal Occlusion of Perforators (TRLOP)
- Endovenous observation course
- Bespoke endovenous training courses for those wishing to set up endovenous practice
Via The Clinical Exchange, we are very happy to create bespoke courses in all aspects of vein surgery and Phlebology to fully meet all of your training needs.
For further information, please visit www.theclinicalexchange.com.
The Whiteley Protocol™
Ever since we introduced keyhole surgery for varicose veins into the UK in March 1999, The Whiteley Clinic has maintained its lead in the research and development of keyhole varicose vein surgery - often called:
- minimally invasive vein surgery
- walk-in walk-out vein surgery
- non-surgical vein treatment
amongst many other, sometimes confusing and misleading titles.
With so many different techniques available, The Whiteley Clinic spends considerable time and effort identifying which of the techniques work to the high standards that we would accept for our patients, and in which veins each technique is optimal.
The Whiteley Protocol™ is the result of this work, making sure that every patient who comes to any of the doctors in The Whiteley Clinic gets offered the same excellent standard of diagnosis and treatment.
The Whiteley Protocol™ is used by all doctors and vascular technologists working within The Whiteley Clinic. The Whiteley Protocol™ is regularly reviewed and updated to account for any new techniques that prove to be successful or any research that will improve our already excellent results.
The Whiteley Protocol™ is only available to professionals working within The Whiteley Clinic and to patients under the care of The Whiteley Clinic.
New procedures - Venaseal™ by Sapheon, "superglue" for varicose veins
In April 2012, The Whiteley Clinic became one of the three UK centres involved in the trial of Venaseal™, or what the newspapers have called "superglue" for varicose veins.
The Venaseal™ glue is inserted into the vein to be treated by a long thin tube called a catheter. Early research suggests that the glue not only sticks the vein walls together, but it also appears to destroy the wall of the vein - an essential part of the process if the vein is going to remain closed permanently.
The potential advantage over endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) if it does prove to work is that it does not require the injection large volumes of anaesthetic (called "tumescence") around the vein treated.
The early results and science are promising enough for the specialists at The Whiteley Clinic to feel that there might be a real advantage to this procedure and so to agreed to join the multicentre trial.
Any patients potential patients who would like to know more about this study with a view to volunteering for the Venaseal™ technique are invited to contact The Whiteley Clinic and express their interest. One of our research team then get back to you to talk you through what is available.
New Procedures - Clarivein treatment for Varicose Veins
In September 2010, a new technique called Clarivein was announced in the Daily Mail for treating varicose veins. This is a brand new sort of keyhole surgery for varicose veins which, unlike endovenous laser (EVL) and radiofrequency (RF) does NOT USE HEAT.
Therefore it does not need the injections of local anaesthetic along the vein – significantly reducing the number of injections needed.
Clarivein uses a rotating end which destroys the inside of the vein wall, and then puts sclerotherapy solution into the damaged area, making sure that the inside of the vein wall is destroyed.
Clarivein is now available for patients of The Whiteley Clinic who are suitable and who wish to have it.
Early research into this method looks very promising and it looks very much like Clarivein will be one of the new and much less painful methods of vein treatment that all vein experts are looking for.
If you are interested in having Clarivein treatment, please let your Whiteley Clinic doctor know at your consultation.
New procedures - Steam Vein Sclerotherapy - SVS
A new method of closing varicose veins using steam was announced in the
Daily Mail, October 19th, 2010. This is called Steam Vein Sclerosis (SVS).
A trial in Rotterdam was reported showing that steam destroyed the 20 veins in 19 patients - but the one year results were reported to show that only 13 of the 20 veins remained closed.
The Whiteley Protocol™ currently uses either endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) or radiofrequency ablation (RFA) depending on the anatomy of the vein - and has shown to have over 99% closure of the treated vein at five years.
All of these methods use heat to destroy the vein - but with laser or radiofrequency we are able to measure the energy precisely put into the vein wall, ensuring success and our excellent results.
Steam vein sclerosis (SVS) clearly cannot match these results at present, and this may be due to the inability to ensure an exact amount of heat energy is delivered to the vein wall.
Hopefully research will improve the results of SVS in the future, but at the current time it is not recommended as part of the Whiteley Protocol™.