Varicose veins surgery is now regularly performed under local anaesthetic. Using laser or radiofrequency, these techniques are called endovenous thermoablation operations. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) now recommends these as the first choice way to treat veins (http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg168/chapter/1-recommendations).
Many doctors now claim to be the “First to do Laser” or “The First in London” etc. However, the very first endovenous thermoabltion varicose veins operation in the UK was performed on 12th March 1999 by Mark Whiteley.
This was reported in The Sunday Telegraph in November 2000 (see: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1374873/New-varicose-vein-surgery-speeds-recovery.html).
Having brought the new endovenous varicose vein surgery into the UK, Mark Whiteley realised the great potential of the technique.
He started doing research into how to do varicose veins surgery even better and set up The Whiteley Clinic so patients could benefit from the latest advances in varicose veins surgery.
Today, Mark has been made a visiting Professor at The University of Surrey for his research into varicose veins surgery. He presents his research around the world, teaching other doctors the basics of good endovenous varicose veins surgery. His research team has won many prizes, both nationally and internationally.
It is by staying at the very top of the new developments in varicose veins surgery in the world that ensures that The Whiteley Clinic keeps providing very high levels of patient satisfaction (see: https://thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk/testimonials/patient-satisfaction/)