We provide all of our patients with a bespoke treatment plan. This involves identifying the cause of the varicose veins by having a duplex ultrasound scan performed by one of our specialist Vascular Technologists.
To achieve our aim of removing the underlying cause of the varicose veins as well as the external visible signs, we follow The Whiteley Protocol®. It is a co-ordinated system of examination, investigation and diagnosis leading to an individually-tailored treatment plan, bespoke for every patient.
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 options and procedures, all available at The Whiteley Clinic.
All of our procedures are performed under local anaesthetic as ‘walk in, walk out’ 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.
Because we develop personalised treatment plans appropriate to each individual patient, we are unable to give exact prices for a proposed suite of procedures until one of our specialist Vascular Technologists has performed the extensive venous duplex ultrasound investigations.
In the UK, many doctors still regard varicose vein surgery as ‘simple’, offering a set price for treatment and only using quick scans for diagnosis – often performed by the doctor themselves. This ‘one size fits all’ treatment method is one of the reasons that recurrence rates are so high in many practices, hospitals and clinics.
Our goal isn’t just treatment of varicose veins, its treatment with the lowest possible chance of recurrence and the highest patient satisfaction – even in the long term.
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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.
Identify and correct the underlying problem
Successful treatment starts with finding out what is causing the disturbance of the blood flow and then correcting the underlying problem in order to get the venous blood to flow correctly again. Depending on the exact nature of your veins and your own wishes, possible procedures include:
Finishing the medical treatment and reducing future risks
Once the underlying problem has been fixed and the venous blood flow to the leg(s) has been restored, there are usually several abnormal veins that remain from the years of damage caused by the underlying vein problem. The Whiteley Clinic audits have shown that not addressing these remaining problems, leads to a much higher risk of further vein problems occurring – often within a year or less.
Treatment in Stage 2 is usually ultrasound guided Foam Sclerotherapy.
The finishing touches
Once the venous blood flow has been restored to normal and all of the underlying vein problems have been treated, the green reticular veins and red, purple and blue thread veins can then be treated with the highest chance of success using Microsclerotherapy.