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Varicose veins are a common problem, affecting up to 1 in 3 adults in their lifetime. They are usually a sign of an underlying venous insufficiency.
Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body but are mostly evidenced on the legs and face. They are more common than varicose veins, affecting up to 80% of adults.
Leg ulcers appear as broken skin in the lower leg or feet. We have been successfully treating venous leg ulcers for over 20 years.
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We just do veins and are the most experienced clinic in Europe. We strive to provide patients with the best possible service in a friendly environment.
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David is internationally renowned for his work in developing minimally invasive vein treatments. He trained in Medicine and Surgery at Leeds medical school qualifying in 1979. He then held medical and surgical posts in Hull, Cork and Birmingham. Recognising the tremendous potential of minimally invasive image-guided therapy as a future alternative to surgery, he decided to specialise in the then-new field of Interventional Radiology gaining experience with the great pioneers in the field, Anders Lunderquist in Sweden and Duncan Irving in London.
He qualified DMRD and FRCR before moving to take up a consultant position at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) in 1989. UHNS is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK and David developed one of the busiest International Radiology practices. He performed over a thousand operations a year in the NHS and has undertaken over 10,000 minimally invasive varicose vein procedures privately. He left the NHS in 2012 after over 30 years to concentrate full time on his businesses.
His other clinical interests over the last 25 years as a consultant have been the development of image-guided minimally invasive alternative treatments for a range of disorders including peripheral vascular disease, kidney stones, gall stones, fibroids, trauma and other acute bleeding situations. All these involve the precise and delicate manipulation of catheters, guidewires and other specialised instruments guided by ultrasound and other modern imaging devices. This experience has been vital to the success of his varicose vein work and enables him to confidently catheterize and treat even the most challenging of veins which others would manage with traditional surgery.
David was one of the very first doctors in the UK to train in the EVLA technique learning from leading experts in the US including the pioneer of endovenous laser Dr Robert Min Interventional Radiologist at Cornell University, New York. David has one of the largest personal experiences of this treatment in Europe. This experience and the recognition by his peers of his expertise in this field has led to him regularly being invited to lecture on the subject at National and International medical conferences. He has written several chapters on the management of venous insufficiency in major radiology textbooks and many articles in medical journals. David has also appeared on programs about EVLA on BBC radio and television and in numerous newspaper and magazine articles.
As a luminary teacher for suppliers SDL Medical Ltd. and more recently www.EVLAExpert.co.uk he has trained vascular specialists around the UK in EVLA and associated procedures. He has been a faculty member of the prestigious ESIR (European School of Interventional Radiology) and the Venous Day of the Charing Cross Symposium teaching the EVLA techniques to doctors from Europe, the Middle East and Australia. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) and is a member of the British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR), and the Vascular Society. In recognition of his work developing Interventional Radiology in Europe he has recently been elected a Fellow of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE) and has been awarded the academic qualification of EBIR (European Board of Interventional Radiology).
To help bring these new treatments to more patients David has established a laser supply company, www.EVLAExpert.co.uk, providing his personally designed kits and the highest quality laser generators at reasonable prices. Driving down the prices has enabled NHS hospitals to offer the latest minimally invasive vein treatments at a lower cost to the NHS than traditional surgery. His determination to enable as many patients as possible to benefit from the new techniques is reflected in his own clinical pricing policy. His company charges a reasonable, not extortionate, price for all services. Rather surprisingly it is cheaper to have treatment personally performed by one of Veincentre’s UK consultant specialists in a UK clinic than it is to travel to Eastern Europe as a health tourist.
David is married to Deborah and they live in Shropshire. They have four children; the eldest of whom Katherine, has recently left her Banking role in Canary Wharf to join the Veincentre team; Christopher is travelling the world after completing his Business degree from Liverpool University; James has just graduated from Liverpool university following in his big brother’s footsteps by also reading Business, and Joe is looking forward to studying Biology at Bristol University in September.
In his spare time, David enjoys skiing, gardening and cycling. He also likes getting his hands dirty on building projects like pizza ovens, zip wires, a large duck pond and, his most recent project, building a pen for two Kune Kune pigs!
Dr David West holds a share or financial interest in Veincentre Ltd.
Dr David West does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at Veincentre Ltd.
Dr David West is our Medical Director and part of the MAC (Medical Advisory Committee) which is a paid role at Veincentre Ltd.