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David West

Consultant Interventional Radiologist

, Stoke on Trent

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David West: Varicose Vein Specialist in Stoke on Trent

Dr David West is an Interventional Radiologist who specialises in varicose vein treatment using a minimally invasive approach. Dr West runs Veincentre Ltd, one of the largest specialist varicose vein treatment centres in the UK with clinics in Bristol, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Staffordshire.

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About Dr David West

Dr West was one of the first vascular specialists in the UK to train in Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA, EVLT, ELves) and VNUS, and has personally undertaken over 10,000 successful EVLA treatments since 2003. In addition, he has extensive experience of other relevant minimally invasive venous treatments including embolisation, foam sclerotherapy, RF perforator ablation, Olympus RFITT  and venous stenting. This comprehensive range of techniques enables all patients to be successfully managed without surgery. 

Dr West is the founder of Veincentre, a group of six friendly clinics offering the latest minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of varicose veins.

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Veincentre: non-surgical treatment of varicose veins

An internationally recognised expert in Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) and radiofrequency ablation (VNUS closure), Dr West founded Veincentre to provide a modern, efficient and fairly priced service for people seeking treatment for varicose veins. All treatments at Veincentre are minimally invasive, resulting in a swift recovery and no scarring. Consultation and treatment can be performed in the same visit, with most appointments lasting under two hours.

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Expert diagnosis and evaluation

Successful treatment of varicose veins is dependent on accurately assessing where the problem lies, for example seemingly innocuous spider veins can be a sign of valve damage in a more major underlying vein. Dr West personally conducts a colour duplex ultrasound scan at the beginning of every appointment in order to plan the most appropriate treatment.

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EVLA and VNUS closure

EVLA and VNUS closure are both methods to destroy the main feeding varicose vein (the great saphenous vein). This is achieved using laser energy in the case of EVLA and high-frequency radiowaves for VNUS closure. VNUS closure is associated with less bruising and discomfort than laser treatment, however it is not suitable for all patients, particularly those with twisted veins. By offering both methods, in conjunction with techniques such as sclerotherapy and venous stenting, Dr West and the specialists at Veincentre are able to offer non-surgical varicose vein treatment to 99% of patients visiting their clinics.

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Safe and effective treatment

The minimally invasive techniques used at Veincentre can be performed without the need for a general anaesthetic or surgical incisions. Their clinics are registered with the Care Quality Commission and a recent audit demonstrated effective treatment in 99% of cases with a 1% recurrence rate over 5 years. 95% of patients are satisfied or very satisfied with the outcome of treatment.

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Fair pricing

Recognising that many people are not considered for varicose vein treatment on the NHS unless their condition is severe, Dr West established Veincentre to provide the most modern and efficient techniques at affordable and fair prices, with no hidden charges. The clinics are recognised by all major insurers in the UK and are able to offer low-cost credit for people who may need it.

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Treatments

David West is the Medical Director of Veincentre which specialises solely in minimally invasive vein treatments. All treatments offered are recommended by NICE (NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE).

Consultation incl. Colour Duplex Ultrasound Scan - £250

During the consultation, Dr West will perform a Colour Duplex Ultrasound Scan of both your legs, discuss with you directly the results of the scan, and give you a firm and costed proposed treatment plan.

Detailed information about the modern varicose vein treatments offered at Veincentre including upfront and fixed prices can be found at www.veincentre.com/about/our-prices

In summary, the treatments available at Veincentre are:

Appointment Type Price
Consultation (including duplex ultrasound scan) £250
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA/EVLT) (one leg)  £1695
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA/EVLT) (both legs) £1995
Foam Sclerotherapy (as primary tx one or both legs)    £500
Clarivein (one leg) £1995
ClariVein (both legs) £3990
Microsclerotherapy (Thread/Spider Vein treatment) £300
Sapheon (superglue) one leg £2695
Sapheon (superglue) both legs £2995
Pelvic Vein Embolisation £2600
Testicular Vein Embolisation £2600

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Research interests

David is recognised internationally as an expert in this field and frequently lectures at major medical conferences around the world. He is a faculty member of the European School of Interventional Radiology, training doctors from across Europe and the Middle East in non-surgical varicose vein management. He has written chapters on non-surgical treatment of varicose veins in several major medical textbooks and written many scientific articles on the subject. As a luminary teacher and medical director of EVLA Expert laser suppliers he has taught the EVLT technique to many other vascular specialists in the UK.

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Professional details

Qualifications

MB, ChB, DMRD, FRCR

Qualified in 1979 in United Kingdom

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 2500007
    Date of registration: 06-Aug-1980

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