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Assess, diagnose and understand your own vein problem


Our self diagnosis page aims to help patients assess, diagnose and understand their own serious conditions. It contains many pages of different sorts of vein problems that can be treated successfully with modern techniques, many of them developed and perfected at the Whiteley Clinic.

With all the misinformation out there, we try to help people identify their own condition by providing them with our expert knowledge and advice, coming from our years of research. We provide a variety of different ways to do this.


CEAP Classification of severity of varicose veins

The most widely used classification for the severity of varicose veins is called the CEAP classification. It’s because of this uniform system that patients all over the world can be assessed as to the severity of their varicose veins and decisions can then be made about research, funding or different techniques.

Thanks to the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) publishing its guidelines on varicose veins, we are now able to divide “cosmetic varicose veins” from “medical varicose veins” using the CEAP clinical score.

Use the information provided by Professor Mark Whiteley and the CEAP Classification to identify and diagnose your own condition, so you can plan for the future and get the treatment required.


Veins Screening

Use our Veins Screening form, a free online screening service for varicose veins or venous conditions of the legs. Using your signs and symptoms and past vascular history, we will recommend suggested next steps.

Whilst many still consider varicose veins to be a cosmetic problem only, there are many consequences of leaving varicose veins untreated other than them looking unsightly. They can lead to swelling, skin discolouration and damage, venous eczema, ulcers, bleeding and an increased risk of clots such as thrombophlebitis and DVTs. With the NHS being increasingly reluctant to cover varicose vein surgery, there is a limited choice for people wanting to get their varicose veins treated.

We have developed a handy online questionnaire for people to carry out an assessment, to see if they might have varicose veins and to suggest recommendations.


Pelvic Congestion Screening

Pelvic congestion syndrome is the cause of pelvic pain or pelvic discomfort in approximately 20 – 30% of females.

However it is rarely diagnosed in the UK as traditionally, UK doctors are not taught about Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. One of the major reasons for this is that in the UK, there is no speciality currently that specialises in veins alone and so vein conditions are split between many different specialties.

Therefore to help patients who think that they might have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, we have designed this free online Pelvic Congestion Syndrome screening questionnaire which will give you some indication as to whether you might have Pelvic Congestion Syndrome or not.


If you do have any questions about what is within these pages, please do not hesitate to contact us through our contact page.