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Did your leg veins embarrass you this summer?

by – September 23, 2016

embarrassed by varicose veins this summer

Did you spend all summer covering up due to your varicose veins?

When summer comes, many people with leg veins spend their time worrying about what to wear. They choose to hide their legs away and don’t get to enjoy the beautiful weather and summer fashions.

We recently commissioned a survey revealing which health and cosmetic conditions are the most concerning as we jet off on holiday. With things like weight concerns and scars topping the list, varicose veins were still very high with 18% of people saying the condition was a concern on holiday.

Whether it be the obvious blue and red spider veins, red or brown staining around the ankles or bulging varicose veins, all of these can affect someone’s self-confidence and subsequently, can be the main factor when they are choosing what to wear during the summer months.

The good news is that all of these conditions can be treated with the new local anaesthetic walk-in, walk-out endovenous techniques.

Treatment for varicose veins

Treatment starts with a duplex ultrasound scan, performed by a specialist vascular technologist trained at The Whiteley Clinic. The vascular technologist draws out a ‘roadmap’ of the varicose veins which enables the consultant to find out exactly what the cause of the problem is. These very in-depth scans usually take around 30 to 45 minutes. It has been shown in international research that doctors who perform scans on their patients themselves (often only taking five minutes or so) are providing a substandard service often resulting in veins being missed.

Once the consultant has the results of this in-depth scan, they can use The Whiteley Protocol®, which is our research based treatment protocol, to tailor the treatment plan to the individual patient’s condition.

Unlike the traditional approach to varicose veins used by most doctors, our Protocol addresses each patient as an individual and groups the treatments into the stages that are needed for optimal results.

This results in excellent patient satisfaction which we have been reporting for more than a decade, as well as our extremely low recurrence rates which we audit regularly.

You cannot get lower recurrence rates than that achieved and reported by The Whiteley Clinic.

So if you have had your summer ruined by your leg veins and you want a better summer next year, there really isn’t any time to wait to book your initial appointment and duplex ultrasound scan.

The Whiteley Protocol®

Introduced into the UK in March 1999 by Prof Mark Whiteley and his team, endovenous surgical techniques have now taken over from all other methods of treating varicose veins. Even the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) produced guidelines in July 2013 stating that these techniques are now the best way to treat varicose veins.

The Whiteley Protocol® had already identified this many years ago.

This protocol is a three stage treatment program that can be used to cure any leg vein problem, from the most simple spider veins through to the most complex recurrent varicose veins or leg ulcers. However to get the optimal results required, the tissues in the leg and the skin need enough time to completely heal. This can often take three or more months following your last treatment but it ensures that optimal results are achieved.

So if anyone wants varicose vein free legs for next summer, we recommend they start their treatment plan now.


If you are concerned about your own personal condition, we offer a variety of different free online screening tools on our website.

For more information on varicose veins or related conditions, please see our website. Alternatively, if you want more information you can contact us using the contact form, email at info@thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk or call us on 01483 477180.

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