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Professor Mark Whiteley
Professor Mark Whiteley
MS FRCS(Gen) FRCSEd MBBS FRCPhleb
Vascular Surgery
160 reviews

About

Professor Mark Whiteley is becoming known as the "Celebrity Veins Doctor" following his highly public treatment of Virgin DJ and Celebrity Chris Evans in November 2019. Using his pioneering techniques for varicose veins and thread veins, Mark has treated many celebrities over the last 20 years. Those who have gone public include Kate Lawler, Ian Hyland, and Eve Cameron. Mark has been featured in Tatler as "Best for veins" for the last 11 years.

Professor Mark Whiteley is a Consultant Venous Surgeon at The Whiteley Clinic and a visiting Professor at The University of Surrey. He is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and he was the first surgeon to perform endovenous (keyhole) surgery for varicose veins in the UK.

Professor Whiteley opened The Whiteley Clinic in 2003, which is now a network known as The Whiteley Clinic. He has a research and education unit there and his team has won national and international prizes for their advances in venous surgery for leg and pelvic veins. They have also published over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Whiteley has been named as the recommended vein surgeon by Tatler for over 11 years. In 2001, he and Judy Holdstock invented the TRLOP technique used for closing incompetent perforating veins. He has also written a book - "Understanding Venous Reflux: The Cause of Varicose Veins and Venous Leg Ulcers" and had edited a book with Emma Dabbs "Advances in Phlebology and Venous Surgery Volume 1".

In February 2019 he performed the first microwave treatment of varicose veins in the UK.

In May 2019 he performed the first Echotherapy (Sonovein using HIFU - High Intensity focused ultrasound) treatment of varicose veins in the UK.

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Medical Procedures

Echotherapy or SONOVEIN (HIFU - High Intensity focused ultrasound) for varicose veins

  • In May 2019, Mark was the first doctor in the UK - and the second doctor in the world - to perform Sonovein treatment for varicose veins.
  • Sonovein uses HIFU - High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound - to ablate varicose veins. Unlike any other method of ablating varicose veins, this is totally non-invasive. The treatment happens by beaming Ultrasound across the skin and concentrating the power on the target vein (see: https://thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk/sonovein-hifu-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound/)

ENDOVENOUS MICROWAVE Varicose veins ablation (emwa)

Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) - Walk in Walk out local anaesthetic only 

  • Radial laser for larger veins 
  • Jacket fibre laser for smaller veins
  • All treatments based on The Whiteley Protocol - a research-based protocol to optimise treatments

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) - WALK IN WALK OUT LOCAL ANAESTHETIC ONLY

  • RFiTT - using the Whiteley Protocol proven technique to assure closure
  • VenClose

VenAseal glue "Superglue" for varicose veins - 

  • Non-thermal and so reduces the need for local anaesthetic injections.

Clarivein (MOCA)

  • Mechanochemical ablation (MOCA) called "Clarivein" uses a rotating wire and sclerotherapy to close varicose veins without needing many local anaesthetic injections.

Foam Sclerotherapy

  • Made using the published "Whiteley-Patel" technique and CO2:O2 (not air) to keep as safe as possible.

TRLOP - Transluminal Occlusion of Perforator veins

  • Invented by Mark Whiteley and Judy Holdstock in 2001, the TRLOP technique is used to close incompetent perforating veins. Failure to treat these veins has been shown to be one of the commonest reasons that varicose veins come back again after treatment.  

Phlebectomy of forehead and facial veins

  • Removal of large veins from the forehead and from around the eyes under local anaesthetic with virtually no scars.

Coil embolisation of pelvic veins

  • At the Whiteley Clinics we have specialist radiologists that work with us who perform coils embolisation of pelvic veins in patients with pelvic varicose veins or pelvic congestion syndrome.

Microsclerotherapy

  • For leg spider veins (Telangectasia) 

 

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Special Interests

Varicose veins

Venous leg ulcers

Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS)

Varicose veins of vulva and/or vagina

Aesthetic Phlebology which includes:

  • Forehead veins and bulging veins around the eyes
  • BREAST VEINS
  • Arm veins
  • Foot veins
  • Bulging veins and arteries on the temples (scalp)
  • hand veins
  • veins on abdomen and chest wall 

Education

  • Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey
  • Founder of The College of Phlebology
  • Founder of The Leg Ulcer Charity
  • Founder of The Whiteley Clinic
  • International Committee of the American Venous Forum 
  • Council Member of the Venous Forum 2012-6 
  • Lecturer in vascular surgery at Oxford University - 1995-8
  • Research fellow then lecturer in vascular surgery Unversity of Bath 1992-4
  • Portsmouth surgical registrar rotation
  • Bristol surgical SHO rotation
  • Demonstrator in  human anatomy - St Batholomew's Hospital, London
  • Medical School - St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School.

 

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Good

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you.
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11-12-2019
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Excellent, very friendly, good explanation

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. I am really pleased that you are happy with your consultation. with kindest regards Mark Whiteley
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09-12-2019
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I was a little concerned about so much talk between staff but I got used to it probably because I don’t talk much.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your feedback - and please do let us know at the time if this worries you. Our research has shown that active conversation reduces pain and anxiety during most procedures - silence tends to make patients more anxious. Ever since that PhD was published, we have encouraged conversations during procedures to help our patients. As with all of our approach, we modify all of our treatments and patient care on research findings to give our patients the best care available. Thank you for your feedback. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley
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06-12-2019
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I found Mark Whiteley to be very personable and approachable. He explained everything thoroughly to me. From the initial consultation to surgery, I felt confident and safe in his hands.
Patient seen for:Varicose veins surgery

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you. That is a lovely review and I am very proud of it. Thank you for taking the time to review me. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.
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29-11-2019
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Pleasant and informative.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for that lovely review and your five stars. I am so pleased that you are happy with your experience with me. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.
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28-11-2019
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I felt I was in capable hands yet the procedure was made light hearted by friendly banter.
Patient seen for:Varicose veins surgery

Professor Mark Whiteley

That is a lovely review and I am delighted that you have had a good experience and were able to give me five stars. The banter is so important in local anaesthetic surgery and I am sure you will get an excellent result. With thanks and best wishes, Mark Whiteley.
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27-11-2019
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Everything was explained very clearly and I was provided with documentation to answer any questions. Mark Whitely is extremely knowledgable and I have every confidence in his treatment and recommendations.
Patient seen for:seal vein perforator following damage from DVT

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for taking the time to review me. I am thrilled that you are satisfied with my treatment and recommendation. We do strive to provide research evidence in the most digestible form to show why our treatments will give you the optimal outcome. I look forward to seeing you again. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.
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27-11-2019
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Very well cared for.

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your lovely review and five stars. Our aim is to make sure that everyone is well cared for and we are all delighted that you have had a good experience. The very best wishes, Mark Whiteley
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27-11-2019
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Everything went well and explained to me very well.
Patient seen for:Varicose Veins

Professor Mark Whiteley

I am delighted that you have had a good experience and everything was explained to you satisfactorily. I look forward to seeing you again. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.
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23-11-2019
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Professor Whiteley was very clear and also funny which made the whole experience less nerve wracking
Patient seen for:Varicose VeinsVascular Surgery

Professor Mark Whiteley

Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased that I was able to make you laugh during the procedure. Our research has shown that the more we interact during the procedure, the less pain and anxiety you will feel. I am so happy that you have had a good experience with me. With very best wishes, Mark Whiteley.
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23-11-2019
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Peer Recommendations

BY dr Andrew Willis

09-04-2019
Professor Mark Whiteley is a pioneer in the management of venous disease. His passionate dedication to the speciality of Phlebology is unquestionable. He continues to strive to deliver the very best in care for patients with venous conditions and is the rare combination of talented educator, devoted researcher and hands on surgeon.
For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague

BY dr Ajay Pankhania

09-04-2019
Founder of the Whiteley Clinic and my mentor. Excellent venous surgeon and innovator.
For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague

BY dr David Beckett

10-04-2019
Prof. Mark Whiteley is a colleague and owner of The Whiteley Clinic. He is a world renowned leader in the management of varicose veins. His research has been presented internationally and this allows Mark and the clinic to practice the most up to date techniques in the management of varicose veins and pelvic congestion syndrome. Mark strives to give patients the best and world leading treatments. He has a great rapport with patients and staff and is one of the easiest doctors to speak to. He is a great colleague to work with and his patients give him great reviews.
For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague

BY mr Omar Abu-Bakr

13-04-2019
Prof. Mark Whiteley.. He is like a legend in Phlebology, always eager to get what is beyond the very best result in veins treatment and he translates that in studies and continuous research, and he combines that with a very gentle and kind attitude with his patients and colleagues.
For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague

BY mr Gabriele Bertoni

09-04-2019
Prof Whiteley is second to none in the world of varicose vein treatments. I had the privilege of having been trained by him in person. His personality and the rooted passion for venous diseases are the driving force of the Clinic. Not only prof Whiteley is a brilliant vein surgeon, he is also a great colleague and a friend. I could not recommend Prof Whiteley high enough for any venous related condition.
For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague
Mark Whiteley is without doubt one of the leading Phlebologists anywhere in the world. He pioneered the use of thermal ablation in the UK in 1999 and performed the first procedures using the technique. This event represented a paradigm shift in the treatment of varicose veins and has paved the way in dragging the archaic and ineffective traditional treatment of humanity's commonest surgical malady into the 21st century. His research effort is highly respected and Mark has carved out a huge international reputation in the field. I am deeply privileged to be his colleague and to have shared in the journey over 20 years in the improvement and development of varicose vein and ulcer treatment. Mark has no equal in the field of Phlebology and the UK is blessed to number him among its top clinicians.
For specialty: Vascular Surgery
For conditions: Varicose Veins
Connection: Is a colleague

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