The Whiteley Protocol® is an ever evolving method of providing the optimal investigations and treatments for abnormal veins of the legs and / or pelvis.
The Whiteley Protocol® includes the investigation and optimal treatment of:
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:
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.
The Whiteley Protocol® was developed by Prof Mark Whiteley (Consultant Venous Surgeon and Consultant Phlebologist) and Judy Holdstock (Senior Vascular Scientist) of The Whiteley Clinic. The first Whiteley Protocol® was produced in 1999. However since then, we are continually updating it on the basis of our research and audit results, research from other experts around the world and taking into account new technologies and inventions that are continually appearing.