HIFU (“High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound”) is a new non-invasive way to treat varicose veins using ultrasound. There are huge advantages to HIFU over every other treatment for varicose veins, in the cases where HIFU can be used. Professor Mark Whiteley walks us through why HIFU is one of the best ways to treat varicose veins.
HIFU stands for “High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound”. Basically, it is a completely non-invasive way to treat structures under the skin, by beaming ultrasound through the skin itself. Professor Mark Whiteley and his team at The Whiteley Clinic are the first to use HIFU to treat varicose veins and venous leg ulcers, among other conditions. Learn all about HIFU in this article!
The important thing to understand is that to treat varicose veins, we need to treat the underlying veins and not just the ones that can be seen bulging at the surface. Prof Mark Whiteley talks about the different types of varicose veins and the importance of treating the ones that cannot be seen on the surface.
Endovenous laser ablation is a method of treating varicose veins using a laser and guided imaging to close damaged veins. While it treats underlying veins that lead to the bulging varicose veins that we see on the surface, EVLA alone doesn’t treat the visible surface veins. Professor Mark Whiteley tells us more about EVLA, when it was first used, how it works and how much it costs.
Thrombophlebitis is a condition where veins, normally in the lower half of the body become inflamed due to the presence of a blood clot or clots. Professor Mark Whiteley talks about the treatment that is required for thrombophlebitis and what symptoms we should be seeking emergency treatment for.
When someone has thrombophlebitis, blood clots within the vein and this irritates the vein wall. A thrombus or blood clot is formed in the vein and as part of the healing process, the vein wall becomes inflamed. Together these factors cause the vein to become hard, tender, red and hot. Professor Mark Whiteley tells us exactly what thrombophlebitis is and the different types that exist.
Varicose veins and leg ulcers are both unsightly conditions that can cause pain, discomfort, and swelling. They often occur together, and evidence is emerging that treating varicose veins could help leg ulcers to heal. Leading vascular surgeon Mr Philip Coleridge Smith explains...
In the last 20 years, vascular surgery has undergone a revolution. Traditional surgical methods have been joined by new minimally invasive techniques. How do heat, foam, and even lasers treat varicose veins? And how effective are they compared to surgery? Expert vascular surgeon Mr Philip Coleridge Smith is here to explain:
Varicose veins are a common problem, which can cause unpleasant symptoms of aching legs, skin discolouration and leg ulcers. Expert vascular surgeon Ms Sophie Renton tells the true story of one of her cases to show us how to treat persistent varicose veins.