Practical strategies in vein disease and its impact on venous pathology

Practical strategies in vein disease and its impact on venous pathology


Professor Stephen Black and the faculty will be discussing practical strategies for GPs with regard to vein disease and its impact on venous pathology. Prof. Black will moderate a live discussion on venous issues currently faced by GPs. Topics will include:

  • Superficial venous system (Including varicose veins & leg ulcers)
  • Deep venous disease and its impact on venous pathology
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Special situations (pregnancy, obesity and other lifestyle factors)
Overview and pathology of chronic venous insufficiency
  • Deep venous vs superficial pathology
  • Causes and long-term complications
  • Risk factors
Diagnosing chronic venous insufficiency in primary care
  • Presentation and initial investigation
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Key clinical questions
    • Differential diagnosis
    • Diagnostic work-up overview
Engaging the patient
  • Patient information and education
    • Treatment information
    • Lifestyle advice
    • Symptom relief
Case Studies
  • Diagnosis and differential diagnosis


Prof Stephen Black (Moderator)
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital London, UK

Stephen has an international reputation for the treatment of venous disorders of both the superficial and deep system and is heavily involved in both education and training in these fields. Alongside his private work, Stephen leads the largest vascular team in Europe and contributes to the European guidelines and standards for venous surgery.

A graduate of Imperial College, London and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Stephen is currently the clinical lead for vascular surgery at Guys’ and St Thomas’s hospital in London. He has been instrumental in building the venous service at the hospital and lead this component prior to becoming clinical lead. He is Professor of Venous Surgery at Kings College, London. He was previously a consultant and senior lecturer at St George’s hospital in London

He is a fellow of the European Board of Vascular Surgery and council member of the Royal Society of Medicine Venous Forum, a member of the European Venous Forum, the European Society of Vascular Surgery and the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland


Mr Sanjay Patel
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Sanjay Patel graduated from the University of Manchester Medical School in 2001, and trained in Manchester and Nottingham before undertaking a period of research for which he was awarded an MD(Res) by King’s College London.

Sanjay went onto complete higher surgical training specialising in Vascular and Endovascular (minimally invasive) surgery. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 2014. He then undertook a specialist Lower Limb Fellowship at the prestigious Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital where he acquired specific skills in the treatment of blood vessels using minimally invasive techniques.

He was appointed as Consultant Vascular and Endovascular surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2014. He is currently the Lower Limb Lead.


Mrs Vanessa Livingstone
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Vanessa was born and raised in California, where she initially attended UC Berkeley for a BA in History, before she went on to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of Glasgow. With a background in cardiovascular theatre nursing, Vanessa works at St Thomas’ Hospital as the Venous Clinical Nurse Specialist

She has an interest in the management of venous disease. This includes contributing to research and running a nurse-led leg ulcer clinic. She has extensive experience in developing and managing varicose vein treatment lists. Vanessa looks forward to each opportunity to help treat varicose veins because she knows fixing what is wrongly considered nonessential can dramatically improve someone’s quality of life.


  • Identify individuals with a probable chronic vein insufficiency according to presenting signs and symptoms and clinical history
  • Recall the relative benefits and disadvantages of a range of current interventions for varicose veins, particularly ablative strategies
  • Explain current unmet needs for providing optimal care to patients with superficial venous pathologies
  • Stratify and refer eligible patients to a specialist vascular service via the appropriate pathway
  • Provide appropriate advice and information to individuals considering self-funding for the treatment of varicose veins

The venous review is specifically designed for General Practitioners and their patients dealing with the implications of vein disease.

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