On 1 July 2020, a Facebook live event featured HIFU varicose veins treatment. This revolutionary non-invasive treatment of varicose veins was discussed.
Rachel Walker, one of the first patients to have HIFU varicose veins treatment and also a vascular technologist, explained her experience. She described why she chose HIFU to treat her varicose veins. She also explained her post-operative course. Rachel discussed her feelings about the treatment.
Victoria Whiteley interviewed both Rachel and Prof Mark Whiteley. She asked many questions about HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment of veins. This is also called Echotherapy and is performed by the Sonovein machine.
As a Facebook live event, members of the general public who watch live were able to ask questions online. Prof Mark Whiteley and Rachel Walker answered the questions as they cropped up.
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is the world’s first completely non-invasive way of treating varicose veins.
Ultrasound energy can be focused through the skin to ablate the veins. The problem veins are ablated just as they would be with endovenous laser (EVLT) or radiofrequency. The difference is that with laser or radiofrequency the doctor has to pass a catheter into the vein.
HIFU using the Sonovein machine can do the whole of the treatment from outside of the body. It really is “space-age” surgery. It is hard to imagine that you can operate on someone without even putting anything inside the body. However, this is now a reality.
See the interview live: