Improved Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins- The Whiteley-Patel Technique

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A new technique for treating varicose veins with Foam Sclerotherapy has been published by an International peer reviewed journal this week.

Foam Sclerotherapy syringe

Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins

The Whiteley-Patel technique is a modification of the popular Tessari method of foam sclerotherapy.

The Whiteley-Patel technique is a modification of the popular Tessari method of foam sclerotherapy. Utilising the results from prize-winning research from The Whiteley Clinic, the Whiteley-Patel technique produces foam that lasts longer and that is safer than standard Tessari foam made with air.

In 2013, Salil Patel a Whiteley Clinic summer research fellow, performed a research study under the guidance of Prof. Mark Whiteley to identify which factors affected the longevity of foam made for sclerotherapy for varicose veins. This research project entailed making foam in different volumes, different syringes, using different gases – and even making foam in a walk-in freezer and up Mount Titlis in Switzerland.

The results of this project gave us a better understanding of foam sclerotherapy and these findings were presented internationally, published in an American Journal and won a National Prize at the Royal Society of Medicine this year.

Using the lessons learned from this research, Professor Mark Whiteley modified the standard 2 syringe Tessari technique to a 3 syringe Whiteley-Patel technique, to enable every patient treated with foam sclerotherapy at The Whiteley Clinic to get the benefit of this improved foam.

Although the Whiteley-Patel technique has been used for patients being treated at The Whiteley Clinic for a year now, the technique has just been published electronically in the specialist vein journal “Phlebology”.

References:

National Prize:

  • Venous Forum Annual Spring Meeting, Royal Society of Medicine – London, April 2014

FIRST PRIZE
The Effects of Altitude, Temperature, Gas to Sclerosant Ratio, Air vs. 50:50 Mixture of CO2 and O2, Foam Volume, Presence of Silicone and Consecutive Uses of Syringes on the Longevity of Tessari-made Foam for Sclerotherapy.

SB Patel, AE Ostler, SJ Santos, TM Pirie, MS Whiteley

  • Publication of original research in the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders:

The effects of environmental and compositional manipulations on the longevity of Tessari-made foam for sclerotherapy

Patel SB, Ostler AE, Dos Santos SJ, Pirie TM, Whiteley MS
Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders [Epub ahead of print September 04, 2014] DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvsv.2014.07.010

  • The Whiteley-Patel Technique:

Modified Tessari Tourbillon technique for making foam sclerotherapy with silicone-free syringes

Mark S Whiteley and Salil B Patel

Phlebology - published online 6 October 2014. DOI: 10.1177/0268355514554476
The online version of this article can be found at:
http://phl.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/10/06/0268355514554476

  • International Presentations:

American Venous Forum, 26th Annual Meeting – New Orleans – February 2014.

The Effects of Altitude, Temperature, Gas to Sclerosants Ratio, Air vs 50:50 mixture of CO2 and O2, Foam Volume, Presence of Silicon and Consecutive uses of Syringes on the Longevity of Tessari made Foam for Sclerotherapy.

SB Patel, AE Ostler, TM Pirie, MS Whiteley

  • Charing Cross International Symposium – London – April 2014.

The Effects of Altitude, Temperature, Gas to Sclerosants Ratio, Air vs 50:50 mixture of CO2 and O2, Foam Volume, Presence of Silicon and Consecutive uses of Syringes on the Longevity of Tessari made Foam for Sclerotherapy.

SB Patel, AE Ostler, SJ Dos Santos, TM Pirie, MS Whiteley

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