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Varicose veins that are “too bad to treat”

by – July 7, 2017

At The Whiteley Clinic, we regularly get patients who have been told that their varicose veins are “too bad to treat”.

However, at The Whiteley Clinic, we have not found anybody who has ever had varicose veins that are “too bad to treat”.

Varicose Veins in patients who are told that their veins are

Varicose Veins in patients who are told that their veins are “too bad to treat” – treated by Whiteley Protocol

In many cases, patients have been told this because they have had several operations in the past. Usually, these previous operations have been under general anaesthetic and often using the old stripping methods.

We know that the old stripping methods allow veins to grow back in the majority of cases. In addition, it leaves scars that are not only horrible to look at but distort the venous anatomy internally.

As such, many doctors do not have the skills or patience to treat such cases, and it is easier merely to tell them that their varicose veins are “too bad to treat”. Such patients are told that their only option is long-term compression stockings.

Can varicose veins be “too bad to treat”?

Simply, in our experience, if the problem is only varicose veins the answer is “no”.

Having introduced endovenous surgery into the UK in March 1999, we have more experience in treating varicose veins with the new endovenous techniques than any other clinic in the UK.

Backed up by our own prize-winning research, our inventions and developments (such as TRLOP) have enabled us to say that we have never found anyone who has had varicose veins that are “too bad to treat”.

Other conditions masquerading as varicose veins:

Of course, some people can have underlying problems with their deep veins, such as previous deep vein thrombosis, deep vein reflux or obstruction. Many of these patients showed varicose veins on the surface as well as swollen legs, brown stains around the ankles or leg ulcers. These are not simple varicose veins patients, and the underlying problem is not one of varicose veins.

In the past, such patients with deep vein problems have been told that nothing can be done for them and they need to wear compression stockings for the rest of their lives.

However, even in these more complex problems, we have found that the majority of them can be treated with new techniques that include a mixture of endovenous surgery and occasionally endovenous stenting (opening the veins from the inside).

What you should do about varicose veins that you are told are “too bad to treat”:

At The Whiteley Clinic, our experts are always happy to see patients who have been told that they are “too bad to treat”. Unlike many clinics where doctors do their own quick ultrasound scan, we work in a multidisciplinary team where consultant surgeons and radiologists work together with Clinical Vascular Scientists (as recommended by NICE clinical guidelines CG 168) to make sure that every patient gets the very best diagnosis and treatment.

If the problem is truly varicose veins only, then we do not believe that anyone ever is “too bad to treat” and we will be able to make a strategy to provide a massive improvement or cure for such patients.

If there is an underlying problem such as a deep vein obstruction or narrowing, or one of the rarer venous abnormalities such as Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, we will be able to diagnosis and explain the very latest treatments that might improve matters over and above simple compression stockings.

If you are unsure about whether you might be suitable for treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us through our website and we will be happy to say whether it would be sensible for you to come for a full assessment.


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