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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.


Varicose Veins Treatment

Varicose veins treatment at The Whiteley ClinicTo 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®. It is 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.

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.

Varicose veins treatment process to get best varicose veins treatment - The Whiteley Protocol

Please click on individual procedures for more information:

Our aim at The Whiteley Clinic isn’t just varicose veins treatment, it’s treatment with the lowest possible chance of recurrence and the highest patient satisfaction – even in the long term.

There are many new cheap clinics offering a set price to treat varicose veins. But our research shows everyone is different. Varicose veins treatment needs to be tailored to each individual. To be able to offer a set price even before having a scan shows that these clinics do not understand varicose veins nor their causes – and so the long term results are very unlikely to be good!


Varicose Veins Treatment using The Whiteley Protocol ®

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.

The 3 Stages of The Whiteley Protocol®

STAGE 1
Medical

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 treatments include:

  • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA & EVLT™)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
  • Glue (ie: Venaseal™)
  • MOCA™ (Clarivein™)
  • Ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy
  • Closure of perforators (TRLOP)
  • Phlebectomies
  • Pelvic Vein Embolisation
STAGE 2
Completing medical and prevention

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.

STAGE 3
Cosmetic

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.


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.