The first international endovenous microwave training course occurred in Guildford, UK, this weekend.
Endovenous microwave ablation (EMWA) is a new technique to treat varicose veins. It is performed as a “walk in, walk out” treatment. This only needs local anaesthetic.
The first case of endovenous microwave ablation in Europe was in February 2019. This was carried out by Prof Mark Whiteley.
Since then, experts at The Whiteley Clinic have been working to show the advantages of the new technique for the treatment of varicose veins.
Unlike endovenous laser (EVLT and EVLT), microwave does not need any special precautions. It is safe to the eyes. Hence there is no need for any eye protection. In addition, thereis no need for warning signs or locked doors.
Also, unlike the most popular radiofrequency ablation (RFA), endovenous microwave ablation is able to treat veins of all sizes and lengths. As such it is very versatile.
Randomised studies have not been performed. However, early indications appear that endovenous microwave ablation may be less painful than endovenous laser. Hence, a randomised study needs to be performed to prove if that is correct or not.
Patient confidentiality is paramount. Thus we cannot announce celebrities who have been treated at our clinic without their permission.
However, Chris Evans, the very popular DJ and TV personality, has been quite open about his varicose vein treatment.
He had endovenous microwave ablation performed by Prof Mark Whiteley. Chris posted videos on the Internet. In addition, he talked about this on virgin radio, in the press and also on television.
The bruising was actually from the phlebectomies (removing the surface veins) not the microwave ablation!
The first endovenous microwave training course in Europe took place in summer 2019. However, registration was restricted to consultants working at The Whiteley Clinic attended.
Microwave training was opened up to all consultants in the UK or from around the world in November 2019. The first four delegates came from Serbia and Greece.
The training is held under the auspices of the College of Phlebology.
So far no UK surgeons, except those at The Whiteley Clinic, have attended.
The training entails two hours of theory on Friday evening. This ensures that all delegates fully understand the science behind endovenous microwave. It also allows them to ask any questions from Prof Mark Whiteley.
An informal dinner allows further discussion can take place.
Two live operations are then performed on Saturday morning. Delegates are present in the operating room to observe and ask questions of the surgeon, technologist and patient, as the procedure is performed.
By the end of this course, doctors with experience in treating veins are fully able to perform endovenous microwave ablation on their own patients.
Endovenous Microwave Training Course: https://www.collegeofphlebology.com/training-courses/
Chris Evans having microwave veins treatment: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/10329792/chris-evans-films-varicose-veins-removed/