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Varicose Veins Treatment

Find out more about the procedures, which we use to ensure that we permanently remove the underlying cause of each patient’s varicose veins.


To achieve our aim of not only permanently removing the underlying cause of the varicose veins but also the external visible signs of varicose veins, we follow The Whiteley Protocol®, a co-ordinated system of examination, investigation and diagnosis leading to an individually-tailored treatment plan, bespoke for every patient.

Introduced in 1999, it is The Whiteley Protocol® that makes The Whiteley Clinic unique in ensuring that each patient receives only the very best treatment, specific to their own condition.

This approach is in stark contrast with clinics who assume that varicose veins is a simple condition affecting just two principal veins, and who only use quick screening scans – often performed by the doctor themselves – as a pre-cursor to delivering a ‘one size fits all’ treatment.

It is precisely because we develop personalised treatment plans appropriate to each individual patient that we are unable to give exact prices for a proposed suite of procedures until such a time as one of our specialist Vascular Technologists has performed the extensive venous Duplex Ultrasound investigations.

After your assessment with one of our specialist Vascular Technologists, you will be given a full breakdown of the bespoke treatment plan recommended for you, which may include a number of the following options and procedures, all available at The Whiteley Clinic.

Please click on individual procedures below for more information:

All of these procedures offered under The Whiteley Protocol® are performed under local anaesthetic as ‘walk in, walk out’ surgery – often called ‘ambulatory’ surgery. This means that, unless there are any exceptional circumstances, patients should be back to work and back to relatively normal activities the day following treatment.


Which veins can be affected?

Research conducted by The Whiteley Clinic reveals that varicose veins are nothing like as simple a condition as some doctors would have you believe.

Until very recently, the accepted medical opinion was that there were only two main veins involved in the condition of varicose veins: the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) – also formerly known as the Long Saphenous Vein* (LSV) – and the Small Saphenous Vein (SSV) – also formerly known as the Short Saphenous Vein*.

Research undertaken at The Whiteley Clinic and published in multiple peer-reviewed medical journals has shown that this simplistic view of the underlying cause of varicose veins is incorrect for the vast majority of patients. Varicose veins not only arise from valves failing in the GSV and SSV, but also in the Anterior Accessory Saphenous Vein, in incompetent perforating veins, in abnormal second GSVs and SSVs and in pelvic varicose veins.

Indeed, far from GSV and SSV being the principal veins affected, our research shows quite clearly that patients with varicose vein problems exclusively in these two veins are actually in the minority.

* By international agreement, these older names have now been superseded.