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Mark S. Whiteley

Consultant Surgeon and Clinic Director of The Whiteley Clinic

Professor Mark Whiteley is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Clinic Director of The Whiteley Clinic who specialise in walk-in, walk-out surgery for varicose veins.

Professor Whiteley trained at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and was a lecturer in surgery at Oxford University. He was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon in 1998 and performed the first endovenous “keyhole” surgery for varicose veins in the UK in March 1999.

As the founder of The Whiteley Clinic and The Whiteley Protocol, his aim is to bring the very best treatments for varicose veins and vein problems, such as thread veins and leg ulcers, to the UK public.

In April 2013, Mark was appointed as a visiting Professor at the University of Surrey following his close work with the university on academic research and the sponsorship of PhD students.

14% of Women Get Wrong Varicose Vein Operation

Research from The Whiteley Clinic has suggested that 1 in 7 women having varicose vein surgery are currently getting the wrong operation. Even worse, this rises to 1 in 5 women if they have had children.
14/01/2015 15:18 GMT

Are the NHS and Private Health Insurers Failing Patients with Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are often thought to be "only" a cosmetic problem. However research over the last decade or so has shown this to be wrong. Some 20% of patients with varicose veins will go on to get leg ulcers if left untreated. Others will get swollen ankles, skin damage, discomfort, phlebitis or rarely bleeding.
19/09/2014 12:49 BST

Can You Treat Haemorrhoids With Laser?

As haemorrhoids are usually treated by bowel surgeons with little research or interest in venous surgery, traditionally haemorrhoids have just been chopped out - not only a very painful operation but also leading to recurrence in a large proportion of cases.
18/07/2014 11:52 BST

Beware of the 'Standing at Work' Craze....

I suspect that as with many things in life, when a problem is found, the simple opposite of the cause of the problem is not always the solution. Sometimes common sense and understanding of the problem can lead to a far better solution which does not have increased economic and organisational costs.
19/05/2014 14:49 BST

Leg Ulcers - a New Hope and a New Charity

Leg ulcers are a horrible condition that can not only cause pain and suffering to the person with the condition but also affects everybody around them. Patients with leg ulcers often have to give up work, become housebound and can change from independent people to patients requiring constant help and assistance from family, friends, carers and healthcare professionals.
27/03/2014 11:16 GMT

Yoga "Treatment" for Varicose Veins

I personally do not believe in the distinction between medicine and "alternative medicine". I would simply say, if something works to cure or alleviate a medical condition it is medicine and if it does not, it is not medicine.
18/12/2013 11:50 GMT

Varicose Veins in Children

Despite being only 12 years old, his veins responded exactly the same as any adults to treatment. The biggest difference came when I phoned up the day following surgery to check he was all right, to find he was already out playing football with his friends!
19/11/2013 13:55 GMT

Phlebitis - Get a Scan or Risk a DVT

It is amazing how many people claim to have had "phlebitis". The term seems to be used by the general public and many doctors and nurses to mean any pain or inflammation in the lower legs. In fact, it is a term so commonly used that many people think they know what they mean by "phlebitis" when they clearly don't.
15/10/2013 13:46 BST

A Mind-Blowing Discovery About Varicose Veins

We have always been taught that varicose veins are caused by the valves in the veins failing, allowing blood to fall the one wrong way down the vein... causing varicose veins and worse. If the problem is not corrected, blood clots, ankle swelling, skin damage and even leg ulcers can ensue. So why do these valves fail? And why do some people suffer with the condition and not others?
02/09/2013 22:29 BST

A NICE End to Vein Stripping

As we all know, the medical world moves slowly, particularly when it comes to recommendations or guidelines. In many instances when drugs or malignant conditions are being assessed, there is a very good rationale for this slow change and there are many examples to support a thorough and well-reasoned (albeit slow) approach.
21/08/2013 12:01 BST

Dinosaurs and Varicose Veins Surgery - Technical Success or Happy Patients?

Ever since the advent of treating veins with heat (a procedure called endovenous thermoablation) we have used ultrasound to check which veins need treatment in the first place, to guide the endovenous surgery and then to check the veins after the surgery to find out how successful the new techniques are.
12/07/2013 12:23 BST

Could Your DVT Be an Undiagnosed Cancer?

Studies have shown that in patients over the age of 40, the risk of an undiagnosed cancer being found in patients with a spontaneous (or "unprovoked") DVT is at least 10%. The cancers which are most likely to cause DVTs are breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer and pancreatic cancer.
29/05/2013 21:46 BST

Who Should You Trust to Treat Your Varicose Veins?

Varicose vein surgery, as with any surgical speciality, is basically a practical procedure that requires an understanding of the underlying processes. Therefore in the purest sense, it is really no different from virtually any other area of human activity.
19/04/2013 15:38 BST