Friday, 1 March 2013

Excellent results 10 years after radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins at The Whiteley Clinic

The 10 year results of endovenous surgery using VNUS Closure at The Whiteley Clinic have been presented this week at The American Venous Forum in Phoenix Arizona.

The poster presented at The American Venous Forum showing the 10 year results from The Whiteley Clinic

In March 1999, Mark Whiteley performed the first VNUS Closure in the UK - heralding the beginning of the endovenous revolution in the country. Initially insurance companies and other surgeons ignored these new techniques whilst the researchers at The Whiteley Clinic continued to work on them, continually improving the techniques and the understanding of these new approaches.

Now, it is hard to go on the internet without doctors offering endovenous surgery - EVLA (Laser), RFA (Radiofrequency Ablation), Foam Sclerotherapy etc.

However many critics still question the long term results of the new methods of treating veins.

Having been the original centre providing this approach in the UK and having an excellent background in clinical research, The Whiteley Clinic has now produced the 10 year results of treating varicose veins with radiofrequency ablation.

Poster on display at The American Venous Forum 2013 in Phoenix
With over 90% success and patient satisfaction after a mean of 11.1 years, the long term results of this form of endovenous surgery for varicose veins - when performed using The Whiteley Protocol - have now been shown to be excellent.

However, it is important to note that not everyone will be able to reproduce these results. Research has shown that excellent results do not rely just on which device is used, but how it is used. Hence it is important for everyone who has varicose veins treated using endovenous devices to make sure that the person offering the treatment has adequate experience and uses the principles taught in The Whiteley Protocol.

Poster title:

Ten Year Results Of Radiofrequency Ablation (VNUS Closure) Of The Great Saphenous And Anterior Accessory Saphenous Veins, In The Treatment Of Varicose Veins
DC Taylor, AM Whiteley, TJ Fernandez-Hart, CC Harrison, JM Holdstock, MS Whiteley

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