Another first in varicose vein treatment took place at The Whiteley Clinic today.
Professor Mark Whiteley became the first Consultant Surgeon in the UK to use the Alma Laser with robotic pull-back device with computerised feedback for the treatment of varicose veins.
The robotic pullback device developed by Alma Lasers, ensures that the laser fibre treating the veins is pulled back at a steady rate. Unlike other pullback devices, this has a computer within it, which changes the laser energy if there is any change in the pullback speed. When used with the Alma Lasers top of the range endovenous laser itself, it ensures the safest and smoothest treatment possible.
Not all endovenous laser ablation is the same. There are different wavelengths, different laser tips and different techniques of using the device.
The Alma Lasers device not only incorporates a wavelength of 1470 nm (which has been shown to have many advantages over other laser wavelengths), but also the robotic pullback device.
Having used the robotic pullback device today, Professor Mark Whiteley was impressed. “Not only does the robotic pullback device ensure a smooth pullback and even distribution of energy in the vein to be treated, but it feeds back to the laser if any problem is encountered. This is a very useful safety feature.”
Endovenous surgery was introduced to the United Kingdom in March 1999 when Mark Whiteley and Judy Holdstock performed the first ever endovenous procedure for varicose veins. Since that time, the The Whiteley Clinic has stayed at the forefront of research into all aspects of venous surgery. A system, known as the Whiteley Protocol, has ben developed which is continuously monitored and upgraded to ensure that all patients treated at the The Whiteley Clinic get the very latest and best varicose veins treatments.
Varicose veins should now be treated with endothermal ablation. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines have said as much since July 2013. Endovenous laser ablation is one of the techniques of endothermal ablation. It is performed under local anaesthetic as a walk in walk out procedure.
The Whiteley Clinic continues to perform it’s original research into varicose veins and other venous conditions, through its links with the University of Surrey. In addition, the The Whiteley Clinic performs many studies with leading companies in the veins industry to ensure that all devices used are optimised before being used on patients.