BAS Vein Masterclasses take off!

Posted 14th October 2020 by Hilary Furber


Varicose Vein Treatments in 2020 – 8 Oct 2020

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The British Association of Sclerotherapists’ interactive Vein Masterclass Series kicks off with three giants from the world of vascular surgery sharing their expertise in 2020 varicose vein treatments, joined by a panel of experts and an enthusiastic audience.

One of the UK’s most experienced and respected vein experts, Prof Bruce Campbell, Honorary Vascular Consultant at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter Medical School, examines the complex trade offs between the different treatments available, the clinical and cosmetic outcomes and the financial implications for patients and practitioners. He details the treatments he currently provides and how he ensures value and best outcomes for his patients.

Mr Manjit Gohel, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Cambridge University Hospitals, Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, addresses the key considerations when choosing a treatment modality for varicose veins. “20 years ago there were only two options for treating saphenous truncal disease: open surgery or stripping” he says. “Now, there is an absurd plethora of options available to us; over 30 different ways we can close off the saphenous vein. The paradox of having so much choice is that it becomes intimidating and what we end up doing is reverting to what we know rather than making the most of the different options.” He compares the merits of surgical stripping, thermal and non-thermal ablation and ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy, and shares what he chooses in his own practice. “However,” he advises, “it’s best to choose a modality with which the practitioner is familiar, and to recognise the strong advantage of having a selection of modalities at one’s disposal.”

Mr Philip Coleridge Smith, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, The British Vein Institute, emphasises that the most important factor in getting a good outcome is the surgeon, and the best treatments are the ones the surgeon is good at. He strongly advocates treating all tributaries and varices in addition to the saphenous truncal treatment. “If the residual varicose veins are ignored, after twelve months or so they are likely to be enlarged and the patient unhappy,” he says. He elucidates the advantages of foam sclerotherapy for primary and recurrent varices and describes the approaches he takes in his own practice.

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Upcoming webinars in the BAS Vein Treatment Masterclass series include: 

12th November 18:30: Post-sclerotherapy compression: Is there a best practice consensus and how compelling is the evidence?

Passionate advocates of both sides of this hotly debated question present their views and invite participants to challenge their arguments and vote on the outcome. Speakers include vascular surgeons Miss Catharine McGuinness and Dr Torsten Willenberg (Bern, Switzerland). See speaker bios here.

3rd December 18:30: Techniques to reduce the risk of complications and comebacks after foam and microsclerotherapy

Presentations of actual complex or challenging cases combined with panel discussions about how to minimise risks and adverse sequelae and deliver the best outcomes for patients.

14th January 18:30: The latest exciting imaging devices – do they live up to the hype?

NIR, handheld portable ultrasound for under £2k, thermal imaging well under £500, transillumination devices and cross polarised illumination and magnification – should practitioners be investing in these? Members of the BAS board have tried them out and share their evaluations and tips.

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