Today there is filming of varicose veins on TV, at The Whiteley Clinic in Bond Street, London. With varicose veins affecting approximately 15% of the adult population, and another 15% suffering from “hidden varicose veins”, it is not surprising that medical shows like to feature patients with varicose veins.
The patient being featured is a 42-year-old lady with varicose veins of her right leg, and small varicose veins of her left leg. She gets aching particularly on standing. This worsens in the hot weather. It improves when she lies down and elevates her leg.
These symptoms mean that she is eligible for investigation by duplex ultrasound scan, and endovenous surgery, as in the clinical guidelines produced by NICE.
This morning she is being filmed having a consultation with Prof Mark Whiteley, followed by a duplex ultrasound scan. Once the results of the scan are available, she will be filmed having a second consultation with Prof Whiteley, where he will discuss the best treatments that are available for her.
She will then decide whether she wishes to go ahead with local anaesthetic varicose vein surgery, following The Whiteley Protocol.
Over the last 16 years, The Whiteley Clinic has featured in many such television shows.
This is not surprising as Mark Whiteley of The Whiteley Clinic was the first doctor in the UK to perform the new endovenous surgery for varicose veins. This first “keyhole” varicose vein operation was performed in March 1999. Mark and his team have continued their research, helping make endovenous surgery the recommended way to treat varicose veins (see NICE clinical guidelines CG 168).
The dedication of The Whiteley Clinic to getting the very best results for their varicose veins and leg ulcer patients, through their research, was one of the major factors that The Whiteley Clinic was recently awarded an “outstanding” rating by the care quality commission (CQC)