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Leg MOT for Varicose Veins


Keeping your veins healthy
AI Classification Score – A11 Non-invasive

Leg MOT at The Whiteley Clinic

Once you have had your leg veins treated using The Whiteley Protocol®, you have the lowest possible chance of getting any varicose veins or thread veins back again in the future. By using our The Whiteley Clinic trained specialist Vascular Scientists, who only scan veins with up-to-date duplex ultrasound machines, we are able to target all of the veins causing venous problems in the legs. Using our proven techniques, the veins that we treat have the lowest possible chance of ever reopening.

However, even The Whiteley Protocol® cannot stop further deterioration of once normal veins becoming varicose veins or ‘hidden varicose veins’ due to failure of the valves associated with the passing of time and your genetic make-up. Studies such as the Framingham study have shown that even when leg veins are perfect at one stage, patients prone to varicose veins are at risk of developing new varicose veins in previously healthy veins by approximately 3% to 4% each year.

Because we know that smaller varicose veins are easier to treat and by stopping a deteriorating vein early, we can prevent complications such as skin damage, thrombophlebitis and further development of thread veins of other varicose veins, many patients are now very keen to be kept under regular review to make sure that any future deterioration is treated as quickly and inexpensively as possible.

To achieve this, we have introduced the Leg MOT for patients previously treated at The Whiteley Clinic by The Whiteley Protocol®

Who is eligible to join the Leg MOT?

Any patient who has completed their treatment at The Whiteley Clinic by The Whiteley Protocol® within the last three years and who wants to have a review, or a regular review, to make sure that their previously healthy veins have not deteriorated and are becoming varicose veins or “hidden varicose veins”.

What does joining the Leg MOT entail?

Having a Leg MOT entails booking a Leg MOT appointment at one of the The Whiteley Clinic at a time convenient for yourself. At this point, a specialist The Whiteley Clinic trained Vascular Scientist will perform venous duplex ultrasonography on all of the deep and superficial veins of the legs, making note all of the normal veins and in particular any veins that have deteriorated and lost their valves. If there are veins that have deteriorated and that appear to be coming from the pelvis, a pelvic scan will be offered to identify the underlying cause of the problem. Please be aware that this will incur an additional cost.

You will then see a The Whiteley Clinic consultant who will explain any findings of the report to you and decide with you whether any treatment is appropriate or necessary. At this point any questions can be answered and, if treatment is needed, this can be planned and then consent taken.

Who is not eligible for the Leg MOT and who should therefore have a ‘vein screen’ or initial appointment instead?

  • Patients who did not have their treatment at The Whiteley Clinic or did not complete the recommended treatment under The Whiteley Protocol®.
  • Patients who have not previously been treated at The Whiteley Clinic need an initial appointment followed by a full venous duplex ultrasound scan to find out exactly what is going on with the veins of the legs.
  • Patients who have been treated previously at The Whiteley Clinic but who did not complete their previous treatment as recommended by The Whiteley Protocol® should have a ‘vein screen’ appointment.
  • Patients who have had their treatment at The Whiteley Clinic and have completed The Whiteley Protocol® over three years previously, should undergo a ‘vein screen’ appointment. The Leg MOT is designed to be a regular review to keep an eye on any possible deterioration whereas the ‘vein screen’ appointments are more specifically aimed at looking at venous problems that have manifested. If the ‘vein screen’ shows that no new veins have appeared, then these patients can swap onto the Leg MOT future regular review.
  • Patients who have had their treatment at The Whiteley Clinic and who have completed The Whiteley Protocol® but who have noticed a problem with their veins such as recurrent varicose veins, increased skin damage, new thread veins etc., should book for a ‘vein screen’ even if their previous treatment was within three years. The ‘vein screen’ appointment is more focused in looking for an underlying cause of a clinical problem that has become apparent, particularly as recurrent veins after The Whiteley Protocol® is so rare in the veins that have previously been treated.

Costs of a Leg MOT

The Leg MOT costs £760 and includes:

  • Venous duplex ultrasound scan of the legs by a The Whiteley Clinic trained Vascular Scientist at one of The Whiteley Clinic locations
  • Pelvic venous duplex ultrasound scan if indicated on the leg venous scan. (This will incur an additional cost)
  • Consultation with a The Whiteley Clinic specialist to discuss the reports on any treatment that might be needed

How do I book a Leg MOT

Contact The Whiteley Clinic Patient Service Centre by one of the following routes requesting a Leg MOT:

Tel: 0843 902 2007
E-mail: info@thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk
Letter: The Whiteley Clinic, 1 Stirling House, Stirling Road, Guildford GU2 7RF



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