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17, 3, 2021

Dr. Foghi in the News

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Vein specialist Dr. Armin Foghi joins La Jolla Vein Care

La Jolla Vein Care (LJVC) announced the hire of Dr. Armin Foghi, M.D., vein specialist and recognized invasive/non-invasive cardiologist. With approximately 50 percent of the population suffering from some sort of heart or blood vessel disease, this latest addition to LJVC’s team is designed to both accommodate growing demand and add an additional complementary layer of medical specialization to the practice.

With more than 15 years of experience in advanced circulatory system treatment, Foghi’s career trajectory has included prominent roles such as assistant professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, chief of cardiology at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and founder and medical director of cardiology at the Myo Vein Clinic. During his tenure at Myo, the organization was recognized nationally as the Center of Excellence for complete and comprehensive vein treatment and served as a training center for physicians across the U.S.

Foghi has also served as the medical adviser for the New Mexico Athletic Commission, where he worked directly with professional athletes participating in competitive combat sports. With a passion for service to others through education, he is also an active cardiovascular disease educator and lecturer and has served in various residency training and clinical professor at physician assistant programs.

Dr. Foghi in the News2021-04-11T02:59:20-07:00

La Jolla Vein Care introduces Procedural Telemedicine


La Jolla Vein Care is pleased to announce it’s partnership with Avail Medsystems to bring the cutting edge technology of Procedural Telemedicine™ to our practice.   Utilizing this collaborative equipment we can consult with remote staff and vein experts throughout the Avail network to facilitate quick, informed resolutions to even the most complicated procedures.  La Jolla Vein Care prides itself in offering the most updated technology in our quest to offer the very best vein expertise to patients while continuing to provide the quality of care they have come to expect from San Diego’s best accredited vein center.


Avail’s Procedural Telemedicine System facilitates medical expertise sharing and collaboration during live procedures by connecting physicians in the treatment room to remote medical industry professionals and healthcare providers, enabling physicians to deliver the right knowledge, at the right time, regardless of location. The System was built by a team with deep expertise in medical technology and healthcare who understand the day-to-day needs of medical experts.


“We are very exciting to be able to use this technology to better serve our patients,” said La Jolla Vein Care’s Medical Director, Nisha Bunke, MD FAVLS, RPhS

“La Jolla Vein Care has led the way in the new field of Telemedicine for vein care and this a new and exciting aspect that allows us to be able to provide real time instruction during a procedure that is beneficial to patients, doctors and our team.  At La Jolla Vein Care our patients are our top priority and we pride ourselves on offering the newest technologies along with personalized care.”


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Avail’s Procedural Telemedicine system is a mobile, interactive, end-to-end hardware/software technology platform that allows treating physicians to connect with remote healthcare professionals or medical device representatives and collaborate in real-time during live medical procedures.

The Avail System consists of a mobile Console that sits in the procedure room with high-definition pan-tilt-zoom cameras, plug-ins for external imaging, and a large display monitor showing views that are shared by the remote party.

A remote healthcare professional or medical device representative can use an iPad or laptop to instantly join a procedure and control camera and imaging views, annotate on screen, and communicate two-way with operating physicians.

La Jolla Vein Care introduces Procedural Telemedicine2021-11-13T16:50:59-08:00

15, 5, 2015

Watch us on CBS Channel 8 ‘American Health Front’


La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Nisha Bunke will be featured on “American Health Front!” this Sunday at 3:00pm on CBS 8. This medical program will follow the PGA tour.  Dr. Bunke talks about vein disorders that afflict Americans and leading edge procedures for treating varicose veins.

Tune in this Sunday, May 17th at 3:00pm on CBS Channel 8, immediately following the final round of the Wells Fargo PGA golf tournament.


Watch us on CBS Channel 8 ‘American Health Front’2015-05-15T01:26:24-07:00

28, 4, 2015

Video: Spider Vein Sclerotherapy


Watch a video on spider vein treatment with sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy is considered the ‘gold standard’ of treatment for leg veins.

Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a medication into the vein.  This will cause the vein to collapse and gradually fade away. Sclerotherapy has been used to treat spider veins for decades, but new solutions such as AscleraTM allow for spider veins to be treated with minimal discomfort and immediate return to activities. Saline solutions are rarely used these days by vein specialists, because alternatives solutions are less painful and better tolerated. Sclerotherapy is preferred by most vein specialists over laser because spider veins often have underlying ‘feeder veins’ that can easily be treated with sclerotherapy, but are not addressed by laser. Many people will require more than one treatment session for optimal results. The national average is 2 to 5 treatment sessions. Wearing compression stockings after treatment will improve results.

Video: Spider Vein Sclerotherapy2015-04-08T00:20:12-07:00

30, 3, 2015

What are varicose veins and spider veins?


Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. Often, they are red or blue. They can look like tree branches or spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. This patient had large clusters bluish colored spider veins around the knee (see top picture). These were treated with sclerotherapy injections at La Jolla Vein Care (after picture on bottom). To see how sclerotherapy works, go to La Jolla Vein Care’s Youtube channel.


Varicose veins are bulging, twisted veins located just under the skin. This is a before and after picture of a patient who was treated at La Jolla Vein Care with radiofrequency ablation and foam sclerotherapy to dissolve the varicose veins. There are no surgical incisions with these treatments.

Varicose (VAR-i-kos) veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. During pregnancy, varicose veins can form around the vagina and buttocks.

Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They also are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often, they are red or blue. They can look like tree branches or spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin.


What are varicose veins and spider veins?2021-11-04T14:40:52-07:00

25, 2, 2015

VenaSeal ‘Vein Glue’ Approved By FDA To Treat Varicose Veins


VenaSeal ‘Vein Glue’ Approved By FDA To Treat Varicose Veins

Earlier this week, The U.S. food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the VenaSeal closure system to permanently treat varicose veins by sealing the affected superficial veins using an adhesive agent.

This treatment has been usedvenaseal in Europe, and will soon be available to vein specialists and their patients in the United States.

According to the manufacturer’s website:

‘The VenaSeal Sapheon Closure System is a unique, minimally invasive treatment that uses a safe-for-the-body medical glue to quickly and effectively treat varicose veins (venous reflux disease). Using ultrasound, a doctor will guide a tiny catheter through a small access site in the skin and into the diseased area of the vein. Next, the VenaSeal dispenser delivers a very small amount of medical glue to close the vein. Once the affected vein is closed, blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg.

Unlike other treatments, VenaSeal does not require anaesthesia to be injected into the leg via multiple needle sticks (tumescent anesthesia), and because there are no pre-procedures drugs involved, patients can return to their normal activities right after the treatment. Unlike heat-based procedures, with VenaSeal there is no risk of skin burns or nerve damage. VenaSeal usually does not require any post-treatment pain medication or uncomfortable compression stockings.’



VenaSeal ‘Vein Glue’ Approved By FDA To Treat Varicose Veins2015-02-25T22:40:31-08:00

Dr. Bunke Explains Non-surgical Varicose Vein Treatments on San Diego News


Vein Stripping is a thing of the past! Watch La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Bunke on San Diego Living explain alternative non-surgical vein treatments to the outdated vein stripping surgery!  The episode was aired yesterday, February 10th, on CW’s Channel 6. As Dr. Bunke explains, a common misperception about varicose vein treatment is that vein stripping surgery is still used as the main method used to treat varicose veins. The truth is, vein stripping surgery is nearly obsolete, with endovenous ablation being considered as the standard of care for treatment of the great saphenous and small saphenous veins. There are other treatment methods such as ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy for the branching, bulging veins at the surface of the skin.

This news segment provides animations about how these vein treatments work.

For the endovenous ablation, specifically radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins, also known as the Venefit procedure (previously called VNUS Closure) is described. Dr. Bunke explains that a thin, flexible tubing called a catheter is placed inside the diseased vein. Radiofrequency energy is delivered to heat the vein and seal it shut. The body will gradually dissolve the treated vein. The blood is directed through other healthy veins.

A foam sclerotherapy animation is also shown. Foam sclerotherapy involves injecting a foamed medicine into the vein that will cause it to collapse, shrink and eventually dissolve.

These varicose vein procedures are minimally invasive and can be performed in the office without general anesthesia and almost immediate return to normal activities.



Dr. Bunke Explains Non-surgical Varicose Vein Treatments on San Diego News2015-02-11T20:06:34-08:00
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