Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Varicose veins - treatment of perforators using TRLOP

Incompetent perforating veins (IPV) are not commonly treated by most doctors who "do" varicose veins. As a result, incompetent perforating veins are found to be one of the commonest causes of why veins come back again after treatment.

In 2001, Prof Mark Whiteley and Judy Holdstock of The Whiteley Clinic invented TRLOP - TRansLuminal Occlusion of Perforating veins:

The TRLOP technique has been shown to be as effective as the old general anaesthetic SEPS (sub-facial endoscopic perforating vein surgery) procedure - but TRLOP is performed:
  • under local anaesthetic
  • using a pin-hole only (no stitches)
  • as a walk-in walk-out or "ambulatory" procedure
This video showing Prof Mark Whiteley and Judy Holdstock performing a TRLOP procedure was shown at the UIP meeting in Boston in September 2013.


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