The Truth About Varicose Veins – Ask the Expert, Professor Mark...

The Truth About Varicose Veins – Ask the Expert, Professor Mark Whiteley

Professor Mark Whiteley

–Editorial Team

We have the pleasure of introducing Professor Mark Whiteley, an internationally respected and well-renowned vascular expert, specialising in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of varicose veins and venous conditions. He has pioneered many cutting-edge treatments for varicose and thread veins, slashing patient recovery times and minimising discomfort. Up to 30% of women suffer from varicose veins in their lifetime and it can be easily treated.

As an expert, Professor Whiteley is sharing with us the truth about varicose veins and how best to treat this.

–The Causes of Varicose Veins:

“There is a stereotype that it is only the old and the overweight that will suffer from varicose veins. In reality up to 30% of all adults will be affected by them and contrary to popular belief, weight doesn’t make much difference. The most common cause is hereditary and they can strike at any time of life although it does become commoner with passing years.

Varicose veins occur when valves in our leg veins stop working properly, allowing the blood to fall back down the veins the wrong way, stretching the vein walls and damaging the surrounding tissues. In their simplest form, varicose veins can be identified as the bulging veins which protrude from the legs. However, shockingly, up to half of all varicose veins sufferers will show no overt signs of the condition until a complication arises, as the troublesome veins remain hidden deeper under the skin where they cannot be seen without a scan.

Worryingly, up to 89% of people who believe they are suffering from harmless thread veins on the surface of their skin are actually displaying signs of these “hidden varicose veins”. The majority of people will simply ignore these veins as they assume them to be a ‘cosmetic condition’, and will often seek simple removal of these thread or spider veins. However if the underlying hidden varicose veins have not been found and treated first, then thread or spider vein treatments are much less likely to work.


–The Treatments for Varicose Veins:

If you are in any way concerned that you are suffering from a venous condition, my advice would always be to go and see a specialist vascular consultant who will arrange for their specialist vascular technologist to give you a venous duplex scan. This scan will tell the consultant whether there are any hidden problems and from here, they will be able to decide upon the best course of action.

Today, there are a number of revolutionary endovenous techniques available for treating varicose veins both quickly and effectively – we have come a long way since the outdated technique of stripping! There are a number of cutting-edge techniques that we use at The Whiteley Clinic which we have formulated into The Whiteley Protocol and which have extremely high success rates. Indeed, we spend a lot of our time treating patients who have previously had failed treatments elsewhere. These pioneering treatments include:

– Venaseal Glue – A ‘superglue’ treatment for the veins
– Foam Sclerotherapy – Where the sclerotherapy liquid is mixed with gas to form a foam. When injected into a vein, the foam pushes all of the blood out of the vein leaving the sclerotherapy liquid in the bubble wall to destroy the vein.
– VenaCure EVLT Never Touch Direct (NTD) system – A very tiny catheter has multiple advantages over most other endovenous laser systems.

– TRLOP – Invented by The Whiteley Clinic in 2001, this technique closes small perforator veins, reducing the risks of veins recurring after treatment.


Unfortunately many health professionals are unaware of the existence of these newer, more effective treatments and how to use them to their best advantage, which is why it is always really important to go and see a veins specialist who deals with venous conditions day in day out – and also does the research to find our which ones work best.

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