Vulval, vulvar and vaginal varicose veins - why they occur and how to get rid of them
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These veins usually appear in pregnancy and then ease a little after childbirth - although once they have come they do not go completely. Further pregnancies worsen the condition. In some women the varicose veins stay in the vulva - in many they open up varicose veins in the top of the thigh - on the inner part of the leg (next to the vulva). These can then open up varicose veins down the inner part of the thigh or can open up veins down the back of the thigh.
Most doctors do not currently look for this condition and do not know that there is an effective treatment for this. There are some companies that sell "supports" for the vulval varicose veins - however, such devices only provide some support and do not get to the root cause of the problem - pelvic vein reflux (or ovarian vein reflux).
Most surgeons who treat varicose veins either do not know about this condition or do not treat it. As such, most either ignore it, or just "pull the veins out" of the top of the thigh - or even inject them. This gets rid of the veins in the short term, but as it does not get rid of the cause of the veins, they will come back very soon afterwards.
Here, at The Whiteley Clinic, we have been studying this problem since 1999 and have developed a process of recognising the problem, identifying the exact cause and then treating it effectively, using the latest non-invasive diagnostic techniques and minimally invasive treatments. It requires a team approach by Vascular Surgeon, Vascular Technologist and Interventional Radiologist.
The techniques that we use are well recognised, tried and tested - we have now brought an order and an approach to it that is proving very successful in our hands.
This web site explains the condition - why and how it occurs, and how we approach the condition to treat it effectively.
This web site has been written by Mr Mark Whiteley MS FRCS(Gen), Consultant Vascular Surgeon. The information that has been included in this web site has been gathered from the experiences of the Doctors and Technologists over the last decade at The Whiteley Clinic.
Mr Whiteley and the members of The Whiteley Clinic have already published research on this subject and more research is on the way to show the effectiveness of their treatment. As more information becomes available from their work, it will be included in this site.
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