Professor Mark Whiteley

Professor Mark Whiteley

MS FRCS(Gen) MBBS FRCPhleb

General Surgery

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6 specialists

33 years of experience
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

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4.97
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4.97
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4.97

Top feedback

“Prof Whiteley was informative and always stopped when I asked! Thank you !“
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Subspecialty

  • Vascular Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 3120134
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £275

    Follow-up appointment: £175

    Practices worked at

    The Whiteley Clinic - Bristol

    1 Litfield Place, Clifton, Litfield House Medical Centre, Bristol, UK, BS8 3LS
    187 reviews

    The Whiteley Clinic - London

    One Chapel Place, London, United Kingdom, W1G 0BG
    419 reviews

    The Whiteley Clinic - Guildford

    1 Stirling Road, Stirling House,, Guildford, UK, GU2 7RF
    502 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.


    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

    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) 

     

    • 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
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    Medical procedures

    • Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
    • Endoscopic Vein Surgery
    • Endovenous radiofrequency ablation
    • Foam Sclerotherapy
    • Lipoma Removal
    • Pelvic Vein Embolization
    • Varicose Veins Surgery
    • Video Consultation
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    Special interests

    • Varicose Veins
    • Leg Ulcers
    • Painful Legs
    • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
    • Swollen Legs
    • Thread Veins
    • Venous Insufficiency
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    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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    Reviews

    4.97 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
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    Varicose Veins
    23/233
    Varicose veins surgery
    13/233
    Laser Varicose Vein Treatment (ELVA)
    6/233
    foam sclerotherapy
    4/233
    Varicose veins
    2/233
    Varicose veins
    2/233
    Cardiovascular disease
    1/233
    Endoscopic Vein Surgery
    1/233
    Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
    1/233
    Endovenous radiofrequency ablation
    1/233
    Microsclerotherapy for thread veins
    1/233
    Minor Skin Surgery
    1/233
    Sonovein
    1/233
    Thread Veins
    1/233
    Varacose veins
    1/233
    Varicose Vein concerns
    1/233
    Varicose vein treatment
    1/233
    Varicose veins treatment
    1/233
    Vascular Surgery
    1/233
    Veins
    1/233
    Venous Insufficiency
    1/233
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    1/233
    leg ulcers
    1/233
    seal vein perforator following damage from DVT
    1/233
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    Varicose veins Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
    Prof Whiteley was informative and always stopped when I asked! Thank you !
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Varicose Veins
    Great stories and very reassuring
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    Varicose Veins
    Considerate towards and understanding of my anxiety being awake for the procedure. Reassuring and clear in explaining everything. Fun and friendly chat. I felt totally at ease and in safe hands!
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    Varicose Veins Laser Varicose Vein Treatment (ELVA)
    Excellent friendly and puts you at ease.
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    (4/5)
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    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Varicose Veins Varicose veins surgery
    Total professionalism. Excellent bedside manner during the operation
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    Patient seen for:
    Venous Insufficiency Cardiovascular disease
    Professor Whiteley was very kind and thorough. He explained everything really clearly.
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    Patient seen for:
    Varicose Veins
    Professor Whiteley created a friendly and relaxed environment for the procedure, his knowledgeability was reassuring.
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    Varicose Veins
    My initial consultation with Dr Whiteley was relaxed and informative. After having a scan he explained in detail the options I had for treating my varicose veins. I have now had the Sonovein procedure and look forward to getting my legs out in the sun next year. Excellent service and friendly staff.
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    (5/5)
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    Varicose veins surgery
    Super gentle and attentive to my comfort. Explained everything clearly so I always knew what was happening. Very kind, and made what could have been a stressful environment, easy.
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    Super friendly and informative!
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    Excellent care and treatment from the expert with the wicked sense of humour!
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    Patient seen for:
    Sonovein Varicose Veins Endovenous radiofrequency ablation
    A Lovely charismatic gentleman who is clearly at the top of his game. You are in expert hands with Prof Whiteley. Everything fully explained and expectations met. I would not hesitate to have the treatment again and would highly recommend him.
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Varicose veins Varicose veins surgery foam sclerotherapy
    Professor Whiteley has been excellent all the way through. He has explained the procedures clearly and made the process enjoyable. I am grateful for all his experience and enthusiasm around this subject. Many thanks for such a great result.
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    Varicose Veins
    Clear explanation
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    Mark clearly really knew what he was talking about. He explained the procedure thoroughly and in enough detail for me to understand exactly what he would be doing. Felt very comfortable and happy with the service.
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    Professor Mark Whiteley

    Thank you so much for that wonderful review. It is lovely to read and I am so pleased that you are happy with my service. Thank you so much for taking the time to review me. With my very best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

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    (5/5)
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    Veins
    Excellent and professional
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    Professor Mark Whiteley

    That is a really lovely comment and I am thrilled with it. I am so pleased that you have had a good experience and I look forward to seeing you again. As you have gone through The Whiteley Protocol, you will now have the lowest chance of recurrence in the future. Thank you for taking the time to review me. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

    Overall
    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    (5/5)
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    Varicose Veins
    Excellent all round experience Highly recommend Prof Whiletely. Contemplating cosmetic treatment now!
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    Professor Mark Whiteley

    Thank you so much for your comments and your 5 stars. I am delighted that you are pleased with your experience and treatment with me. Now that you have completed your medical treatment of your veins, I will be more than happy to guide you through your cosmetic treatment if you wish to proceed. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me. With very best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

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    Patient seen for:
    leg ulcers
    Simply excellent throughout
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    Professor Mark Whiteley

    Thank you for your lovely review. Leg ulcers are such a horrible condition to have - but by following The Whiteley Protocol we permanently cure 85% of all venous leg ulcers, as explained in my book "Leg Ulcer Treatment Revolution". Thank you so much for your lovely review. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

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    (5/5)
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    Patient seen for:
    Endoscopic Vein Surgery
    Prof Whiteley took very good care of me throughout the procedure. I felt I was in very safe hands. He is a doctor who clearly cares about his patients.
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    Professor Mark Whiteley

    Thank you for your lovely comments and your 5 stars. It was a pleasure treating you today and I look forward to seeing you for your follow-up. Thank you so much for taking the time to review me. With kindest regards, Mark Whiteley.

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    Very informative and caring.
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    Professor Mark Whiteley

    I am delighted that you have had a good experience with me today. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. With best wishes, Mark Whiteley.

    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 6 doctors for:
    6

    Vascular Surgery

    Dr. Omar Abu-Bakr
    Dr. Omar Abu-Bakr
    General Surgery

    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
    Dr Andrew Willis
    Dr Andrew Willis
    Radiology

    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
    Mr Barrie Anthony Price
    Mr Barrie Anthony Price
    General Surgery

    09-04-2019

    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
    Dr David Beckett
    Dr David Beckett
    Radiology

    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

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