Varicose Veins

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

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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.

Can You Treat Haemorrhoids With Laser?

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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.

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

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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.

15 Years of Endovenous Surgery for Varicose Veins

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

This week sees the 15th anniversary of the first minimally invasive varicose vein operation in the UK and what a massive difference has occurred.

Yoga "Treatment" for Varicose Veins

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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.

Is Varithena Really a Revolution in the Treatment of Varicose Veins?

Eddie Chaloner | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eddie Chaloner

To the experienced vein surgeon, Varithena is old news. Starting off its product life as 'Varisolve', the formulation has been in development for well over 10 years and is essentially a type of foam sclerotherapy in branded packaging.

Varicose Veins in Children

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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!

Phlebitis - Get a Scan or Risk a DVT

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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.

Obesity and Varicose Veins - the Hidden Problem

Eddie Chaloner | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Eddie Chaloner

For overweight people, varicose veins are also more difficult to assess and treat. Vein issues are usually diagnosed by a duplex ultrasound scan - this non-invasive investigation can 'see' under the skin and locate the faulty vein.

Patients "Carry the Can" for Poor Varicose Vein Surgery

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

When a patient has been referred by a family practitioner or private medical insurance company to a specialist, and a substandard result occurs, who takes the blame?

A Mind-Blowing Discovery About Varicose Veins

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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?

A NICE End to Vein Stripping

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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.

New NICE Guidelines for Varicose Veins Expose the NHS's Out-dated and Riskier Way to Operate

Eddie Chaloner | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Eddie Chaloner

Over the last decade there has been a gradual shift away from traditional 'open' vein surgery (the so called 'tie and strip' operation) towards the newer operations that use lasers and other heat-based techniques. These are safer, less invasive, and quicker - patients can leave the hospital on the same day, an hour after the procedure.

A Nice Result for Patient's Varicose Veins and Leg Ulcers - But How Will the NHS and Private Insurers Cope?

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

Varicose veins and "hidden varicose veins" (medically called chronic venous incompetence) affect an awful lot of people. Research suggests 15 to 20% of the adult population suffer with visible varicose veins and around the same number suffer with hidden varicose veins.

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

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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.

A Sticky End for Varicose Veins

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

Treatments for varicose veins have changed beyond recognition over the last ten years.

The Problem With Men (And Their Veins)

Dr Patrick Bowler | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Patrick Bowler

Anyone can suffer from thread or varicose veins- nearly half of women and a quarter of men will experience symptoms in their lives. The difference between the sexes, though, is that women seek out treatment. Men typically don't: or at least not until it's too late.

Who Should You Trust to Treat Your Varicose Veins?

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

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.

Men and Varicose Veins

Eddie Chaloner | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Eddie Chaloner

Varicose veins can be largely only cosmetic. Possibly, that is why male patients are reluctant to seek out treatment. However symptoms such as chronic aching and itching can cause great discomfort, and in some severe cases can rupture and cause ulcers in the legs.

Leg Ulcers - Twice the Problem They Should Be

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

So what is the standard treatment for leg ulcers in the UK? Unfortunately it has still not moved on from the dressing and compression treatment so popular 100 years ago.

How To Kiss Goodbye To Embarrassing Thread Veins (In Time For Spring)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Spring is hovering on the horizon. And as the collective nation’s hemlines slowly begin to rise, tights are cast aside and the Ugg boots returned to...

Popular Questions About Vein Treatment

Eddie Chaloner | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Eddie Chaloner

It's not a pretty subject, but it is an important one: varicose veins affect a large proportion of the UK population at some point in their lives. Surgical treatment of varicose veins is my business, so I notice many recurring questions from patients about the condition and its treatment.

Varicose Vein Surgery Fails One in Five Women

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

It's fair to say that there is somewhat of a baby boom sweeping across the celebrity world at the moment. For many of the leading ladies involved in t...

NHS and the Shrinking Definition of Medical Need

Eddie Chaloner | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK
Eddie Chaloner

What concerns me is the widening definition of PCLV to include proven operations known to enhance health and improve quality of life. Many of the procedures now deemed 'low value' are actually those which prevent complications and more serious conditions developing later in life.

Varicose Veins Need the 'Botox Treatment'

Mark S. Whiteley | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark S. Whiteley

These sorts of discussions are wide-spread about Botox and fillers - the same is needed for varicose veins and venous reflux disease.