Monday, 20 August 2012

Healing "incurable" leg ulcers with laser surgery

Leg ulcers, due to venous disease, can be cured with endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) surgery under local anaesthetic in the majority of cases - despite most patients being told that they are "incurable".

In a research paper about to be published in the peer reviewed journal "Phlebology", 85% of venous leg ulcers were completely cured, with 52% not even needing stockings or compression afterwards. 98% of all leg ulcers were improved clinically.

All of the patients had been told that there was "no cure" available for them and they were told the only treatment option was compression bandaging and dressings.

All of the patients decided to come to The Whiteley Clinic for a second opinion - and using The Whiteley Protocol (TM) the majority were cured by laser and foam surgery performed under local anaesthetic.

Charlotte Thomas - Whiteley Clinic Research Fellow in 2011
Lead author of  the leg ulcer research
The research was performed by Charlotte Thomas (pictured above), a Southampton University Medical Student during her post as Whiteley Clinic Summer Research Fellow 2011.

The title of the research is:

"Healing rates following venous surgery for chronic venous leg ulcers in an independent specialist vein unit."
Thomas CA, Holdstock JM, Harrison CC, Price BA, Whiteley MS.
Phlebology - 2012 Jul 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Link to article abstract:

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