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Do I Need Varicose Veins Treatment?

by – March 13, 2020

Do I Need Varicose Veins Treatment?



For decades, patients have been told that varicose veins are “only cosmetic” and that varicose veins treatment is not necessary.

That is now been shown to be wrong.

Every year, 1 in 23 people with varicose veins will progress1. This progression can be swollen ankles, red or brown skin marks around the ankles to leg ulcers. Also, others will bleed from their varicose veins or get “phlebitis” (clots in varicose veins).

However, treatment of the varicose veins gives patients a better quality of life2, and stops this deterioration.

Of course, it is also nice that treatment makes your legs look better as well!

So who needs treatment? Anyone with varicose veins and any of:

  • aching
  • discomfort
  • swelling
  • heaviness and itching
  • pain
  • “phlebitis” (clots in the varicose veins)
  • red or brown ankle skin
  • ankle eczema
  • open sore (leg ulcer) – even if it has healed!

Years of research and audits have shown treatment by The Whiteley Protocol both cures the varicose veins and also has the lowest possible risk of recurrence.

The Whiteley Clinic has exclusive access to the latest vein treatments in the UK, and is a founding member of The College of Phlebology Venous Registry. This registry shows we are transparent about our results so patients can be safe in the knowledge that our results are monitored.

See our patient feedback on Trustpilot and Doctify.



1 J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2015;3(1):18–26.

2 – Health Technol Assess. 2006;10(13):1–iv

3 – https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg168


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