In 2011, Prof Mark Whiteley wrote a simple varicose veins book. It is called “Understanding venous reflux – the cause of varicose veins and venous leg ulcers“. Patients and health professionals alike have read this book and found it helpful.
Using simple diagrams and simple language it explains varicose veins in easy steps. The book explains how veins pump blood back to the heart. It then explains why valves are essential and then goes on to explain what happens when the valves fail.
The book explains that when the valves fail, different problems can occur depending on the pattern of valve failure. If the blood refluxes down some veins, then patients can end up seeing varicose veins or thread veins of the legs.
However, the same problem but in other veins can cause eczema or brown stains at the ankles or even leg ulcers. In these patients, no varicose veins might be visible at all.
Furthermore, it also explains pelvic vein reflux. In men, this can cause varicose veins around the testicles or haemorrhoids. In women, it can cause pelvic congestion syndrome with chronic pelvic pain or varicose veins around the vulva and vagina.
Prof Mark Whiteley lectures about veins and the latest vein treatments all around the world. In addition, he runs the College of Phlebology.
At the College of Phlebology meeting in London in 2017 and 2018, vein doctors from Mongolia attended. They wish to observe Prof Whiteley operating on varicose veins using the latest endovenous techniques.
During the conference, they asked permission to use his book “Understanding venous reflux – the cause of varicose veins and venous leg ulcers” as their standard text. He gave his permission.
Today, the Mongolian version of his book arrived in the post!
At The Whiteley Clinic, we are thrilled that our research and teaching has reached so far around the globe.
Using our techniques, our audit over 15 years has shown that our patients get the lowest possible risk of recurrent varicose veins after treatment.
Although this book is only the first in a series, it will help patients and doctors understand what goes wrong with veins. Future books will then address how these problems can be corrected.
One of these has already appeared related to how leg ulcers should be treated. “Leg ulcer treatment revolution” follows on directly from “Understanding venous reflux – the cause of varicose veins and venous leg ulcers“.
As this has only just been published in the UK, it may be some time before this next book appears in Mongolian!