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20, 5, 2024

What should I expect when I undergo Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?

2024-04-18T15:32:05-07:00

Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy emerges as a highly effective and minimally invasive treatment option for varicose veins, offering targeted relief for surface veins and those not visible to the naked eye. This innovative procedure utilizes foam medication that can be precisely administered under ultrasound guidance, allowing for accurate targeting of varicose veins that may travel close to the skin or nerves. With its ability to navigate through veins with twists and turns, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy presents a safe and versatile solution for vein disorders.

Understanding Polidocanol (Asclera®)

Polidocanol, commonly known by its brand name Asclera®, serves as the preferred sclerosant medication for foam sclerotherapy due to its patient comfort and low risk of side effects. As a detergent-type medication, polidocanol effectively injures the inner lining of veins, leading to cessation of blood flow and eventual closure of the vein. FDA-approved since 2010 for the treatment of varicose veins, polidocanol has been extensively studied and used in Europe for decades. When transformed into foam, polidocanol becomes particularly effective for treating larger veins, showcasing its versatility in vein treatment.

Treatment Protocol and Expectations

The number and frequency of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy sessions vary depending on individual anatomy, vein responsiveness, and treatment goals. On average, patients may require 2 to 5 treatment sessions to achieve significant improvement, with larger or resistant veins potentially necessitating additional treatments.

On the day of treatment, patients undergo a streamlined process that begins with signing the consent form and changing into provided shorts. Following skin cleansing with alcohol, ultrasound is utilized to localize the veins, ensuring precise administration of the foam medication using a fine needle. Patients then elevate their legs on a wedge pillow for approximately 15 minutes to optimize treatment results.

Post-treatment, patients are assisted in wearing compression stockings and encouraged to walk for 30 minutes before leaving the clinic. While it’s normal to experience mild achiness and tenderness in the legs after treatment, these symptoms typically subside over time.

Experience Relief with Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy

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Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy offers a painless and effective solution for varicose veins, allowing individuals to reclaim comfort and confidence in their vein health. With its ability to precisely target veins and minimal downtime, this procedure empowers patients to address vein disorders with ease. If you’re seeking relief from varicose veins, consult with us today to explore the benefits of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and embark on the journey towards healthier veins.

“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information on treatments and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

 For a deeper dive into vein and vascular care, please check out our Youtube Channel at this link, and our website https://ljvascular.com

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency,

Please follow our social media Instagram Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

For more blogs and educational content, please check out our clinic’s blog posts

 

What should I expect when I undergo Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?2024-04-18T15:32:05-07:00

What are the 3 Key Benefits of Varithena?

2024-04-18T14:54:04-07:00

Varithena emerged as a groundbreaking prescription medication designed to target the great saphenous vein system (GSV) and associated varicose veins, offering relief from symptoms of superficial venous incompetence and visible varicosities. Unlike traditional methods, Varithena® presents a non-thermal, non-tumescent, and nearly painless approach to vein treatment, revolutionizing the way we address vein disorders.

Understanding Varithena: What Is It?

varithena

Varithena consists of a unique “microfoam” formulation of polidocanol, a sclerosing agent, and CO2. This microfoam bears a striking resemblance to white, foamy shave cream, making it easy to administer. Ultrasound guidance is utilized to inject Varithena® microfoam into the targeted vein, where it efficiently displaces blood and destroys the endothelial lining, leading to vein closure.

Varithena® treatment is tailored to each patient’s specific vein location, size, anatomy, and tortuosity, ensuring optimal outcomes. Notably, Varithena is effective for treating veins of various sizes above and below the knee, making it a versatile solution for a wide range of patients.

Key Benefits of Varithena

Varithena® offers several advantages over traditional vein treatments:

  • Effectiveness in treating veins of different sizes without the need for incisions, sedation, or general anesthesia.
  • Elimination of the need for wire insertion along the length of the vein, reducing procedural complexity and discomfort.
  • Non-thermal nature of the treatment, minimizing the risk of thermal injury and enhancing patient safety.

Treatment Protocol and Expectations

The number and frequency of Varithena® treatments vary depending on factors such as the patient’s anatomy, vein responsiveness, and treatment goals. While some patients may achieve desired results after a single treatment, larger or resistant veins may require multiple sessions. However, most veins respond favorably to Varithena® after just one treatment.

On the day of treatment, patients can expect a streamlined and comfortable experience. After signing the consent form, patients change into provided shorts and undergo a skin cleansing process with alcohol. Ultrasound is then used to localize the veins, and the foam medication is injected into the veins using a fine needle. The foam fills and treats the desired section of the vein, leading to vein collapse and deactivation of the foam.

Following treatment, patients’ legs are elevated on a comfortable wedge pillow for approximately 15 minutes to optimize results. Compression stockings are then applied, and patients are encouraged to walk for 30 minutes before leaving the clinic, promoting circulation and enhancing treatment efficacy.

Experience Relief with Varithena®

Varithena® represents a significant advancement in the field of vein treatment, offering a safe, effective, and patient-friendly solution for varicose veins and associated symptoms. With its non-invasive nature and impressive results, Varithena® empowers individuals to reclaim comfort and confidence in their vein health. If you’re seeking relief from varicose veins, consult with us today to explore the benefits of Varithena® and embark on the journey towards healthier veins.

“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information on treatments and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

 For a deeper dive into vein and vascular care, please check out our Youtube Channel at this link, and our website https://ljvascular.com

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency,

Please follow our social media Instagram Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

For more blogs and educational content, please check out our clinic’s blog posts



What are the 3 Key Benefits of Varithena?2024-04-18T14:54:04-07:00

What should I know about VenaCure, an endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) procedure?

2024-05-13T23:46:48-07:00

VenaCure, an endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) procedure, offers a cutting-edge solution for addressing backward flow, or “reflux,” in the saphenous veins. These veins, comprising the great and small saphenous veins, are pivotal superficial veins running along the inner and back of the leg, respectively. By targeting reflux in these veins, VenaCure provides effective symptom relief with minimal downtime, allowing patients to swiftly return to their usual level of activity on the same day.

Understanding VenaCure: How Does the Treatment Work?

VenaCure is a minimally invasive procedure designed to seal off refluxing veins using laser energy. The process begins by numbing the skin with lidocaine, followed by the insertion of a tiny wire and laser catheter into the affected vein. The catheter delivers laser energy to the vein wall, causing it to seal shut. Despite this closure, blood circulation remains unaffected as the remaining healthy veins continue to efficiently transport blood back to the heart.

What to Expect on the Day of Treatment?

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, with the option for patients to use a mild oral sedative for added comfort. Patients are provided with a gown and leave their underwear on during the procedure. Depending on the vein being treated, patients may lie on their back or belly, with special accommodations made for comfort, such as body positioning and the use of pillows.

To ensure comfort and relaxation, patients are offered amenities like watching a movie or listening to music during the procedure. Once settled, the skin around the affected vein(s) is prepped with a cleansing solution for a sterile procedure. After ultrasound mapping of the veins, a numbing agent (lidocaine) is injected into the skin.

A tiny puncture is then made to pass the laser catheter under ultrasound guidance. Additionally, a combination of cool saline and local anesthetic is injected around the vein to be treated, numbing it and insulating it from the surrounding tissue. Laser energy is then used to painlessly treat the vein.

Following the treatment, patients are assisted in wearing a compression stocking, which they will wear continuously for 72 hours post-procedure. Patients are encouraged to walk for 30 minutes before leaving the clinic to promote circulation.

Experience Relief with VenaCure

VenaCure offers a highly effective and minimally invasive solution for individuals experiencing saphenous vein reflux. By addressing the underlying cause of venous reflux, this procedure promotes improved circulation and enhances overall vein health, allowing individuals to regain comfort and confidence in their daily lives. If you’re experiencing symptoms of vein reflux, consult with us today to explore the benefits of VenaCure and take the first step towards healthier veins.

“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information on treatments and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

 For a deeper dive into vein and vascular care, please check out our Youtube Channel at this link, and our website https://ljvascular.com

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency,

Please follow our social media Instagram Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

For more blogs and educational content, please check out our clinic’s blog posts

What should I know about VenaCure, an endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) procedure?2024-05-13T23:46:48-07:00

A patient’s guide to Radiofrequency perforator ablation procedure

2024-05-13T23:29:31-07:00

Radiofrequency perforator ablation emerges as a crucial procedure for addressing perforator veins, the short connections between deep and superficial veins. These veins, vital for maintaining proper circulation, can suffer from valve damage and retrograde blood flow, leading to various vein disorders and potential skin complications. Understanding the function of perforator veins and the treatment process for their dysfunction is paramount for individuals seeking relief from associated symptoms.

What are Perforator Veins?

Patient’s Guide to Radiofrequency Perforator Ablation

Patient’s Guide to Radiofrequency Perforator Ablation

Perforator veins act as bridges between the superficial and deep venous systems in the extremities, facilitating the flow of blood from superficial veins to deep veins. Equipped with one-way valves, these veins prevent the backflow of blood and maintain efficient circulation. However, when these valves malfunction, reflux occurs, leading to an accumulation of blood and pressure, causing incompetence in both superficial veins and perforator veins. This dysfunction, particularly prevalent in the lower leg and ankle, can result in edema, skin discoloration, dermatitis, and even skin ulcers.

Indications for Treatment

Individuals experiencing venous leg ulcers, pre-ulcerative skin changes, persistent varicose veins, leg pain, or swelling may benefit from radiofrequency perforator ablation. By addressing the underlying cause of these symptoms, this outpatient procedure aims to restore proper venous function and alleviate discomfort.

How Does the Treatment Work?

Radiofrequency perforator ablation is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure performed in the doctor’s office. Using ultrasound guidance, a fine needle is inserted into the perforator vein, delivering radiofrequency energy to shrink and eliminate abnormal flow between deep and varicose veins. The procedure typically lasts around 10 minutes per perforator vein, with some patients requiring treatment for multiple veins on the same leg.

What to Expect on the Day of Treatment?

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, with optional mild oral sedation for patient comfort. Patients are positioned according to the vein being treated and offered amenities like watching a movie or listening to music. After sterile preparation and ultrasound mapping of the veins, a numbing agent is injected, followed by the insertion of the radiofrequency catheter. The vein is then painlessly treated with radiofrequency energy, and a compression stocking is applied for 72 hours post-treatment.

Aftercare and Possible Adverse Effects

Following treatment, patients are advised to walk for 30 minutes twice daily to alleviate discomfort and prevent blood pooling in the legs. Avoidance of strenuous activities, airline travel, saunas, and leg massages for specified periods minimizes the risk of complications. Common side effects include aching in the treated veins and bruising, which typically resolve within a few weeks.

Radiofrequency perforator ablation offers a promising solution for individuals suffering from vein disorders, providing effective symptom relief with minimal downtime. By addressing the underlying cause of venous reflux, this procedure promotes improved circulation and enhances overall vein health, allowing individuals to regain comfort and confidence in their daily lives. If you’re experiencing symptoms of vein disorders, consult with us today to explore the benefits of radiofrequency perforator ablation and take the first step towards healthier veins.

“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information on treatments and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

 For a deeper dive into vein and vascular care, please check out our Youtube Channel at this link, and our website https://ljvascular.com

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency,

Please follow our social media Instagram Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

For more blogs and educational content, please check out our clinic’s blog posts



A patient’s guide to Radiofrequency perforator ablation procedure2024-05-13T23:29:31-07:00

Patient guide for an endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure

2024-05-14T01:22:46-07:00

ClosureFast™, an endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure, offers a revolutionary solution for combating the backward flow of blood, known as “Venous reflux,” in the saphenous veins. These veins, namely the great saphenous veins and small saphenous veins, are pivotal superficial veins located along the inner and back of the leg, respectively.

This minimally invasive procedure, often completed in less than an hour, is designed to restore proper blood flow and alleviate symptoms associated with venous reflux. Patients typically experience a swift recovery and can resume their usual level of activity on the same day.

How Does the Treatment Work?

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The ClosureFast™ procedure begins by numbing the skin with lidocaine. A tiny wire and the ClosureFast® catheter are then inserted into the affected vein. The catheter delivers radio-frequency energy to the vein wall, effectively sealing it shut. Despite this closure, blood circulation remains unaffected as the remaining healthy veins continue to efficiently transport blood back to the heart.

What Should I Expect on the Day of Treatment?

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, with the option for patients to use a mild oral sedative, such as Valium, for added comfort. Patients are encouraged to wear a gown and leave their underwear on during the procedure. Depending on the vein to be treated, patients may lie on their back or belly, with special accommodations made for comfort, such as body positioning and the use of pillows.

To ensure comfort and relaxation, patients have the option to watch a movie on Netflix or listen to music during the procedure. Once settled, the skin around the affected vein(s) is prepped with a cleansing solution for a sterile procedure. The doctor then uses ultrasound to map the vein(s) to be treated before administering a numbing agent (lidocaine) into the skin.

A tiny puncture is made in the numb area of the skin to pass the radiofrequency catheter. Additionally, a combination of cool saline and local anesthetic is injected around the vein to be treated, numbing it and insulating it from the surrounding tissue. With the area adequately prepared, the vein is painlessly treated with radiofrequency energy.

Following the treatment, the leg is cleaned, and a compression stocking is applied, which the patient will wear continuously for 72 hours. Patients are encouraged to walk for 30 minutes before leaving the clinic to promote circulation.

ClosureFast™ Radiofrequency Ablation offers a highly effective and minimally invasive solution for addressing venous reflux and its associated symptoms. With its quick procedure time and rapid recovery, patients can reclaim comfort and confidence in their leg health with minimal disruption to their daily lives. If you’re ready to bid farewell to venous reflux, schedule a consultation with us today and take the first step towards healthier, happier legs.

“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information on treatments and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

 For a deeper dive into vein and vascular care, please check out our Youtube Channel at this link, and our website https://ljvascular.com

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency,

Please follow our social media Instagram Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

For more blogs and educational content, please check out our clinic’s blog posts



Patient guide for an endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure2024-05-14T01:22:46-07:00

How Can I Expect My Legs to Appear Post-Spider Vein Treatment?

2024-05-14T01:32:59-07:00

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are the fine, thread-like reddish veins at the surface of the skin. These veins are not healthy. Veins are often considered a cosmetic issue, but they can be associated with underlying feeder veins, not visible to the naked eye.  Feeder veins are the ‘blue veins’ also known as ‘reticular veins,’ that give rise to spider veins. Spider veins may also be a sign of underlying venous insufficiency. For example, spider veins located in the inner ankles and inner thighs can indicate an underlying problem with the saphenous vein. As a result, an ultrasound examination may be recommended to identify and effectively treat the underlying source of these veins.

What are the symptoms?

Vein conditions affect people differently. For some, these veins can be a painless cosmetic concern, and for others they may cause symptoms. The most common symptoms of spider veins are burning, throbbing, and localized pain. They can also feel hot and itchy and bleed.

What causes them?

Spider veins in the legs are caused by the same condition that causes varicose veins. Leaky vein valves allow blood to pool within the veins causing them to stretch and become enlarged. These veins on other areas of the body, such as the face, and chest can be caused by sun damage, hormone changes or liver disease. Hormones, such as with pregnancy, birth control or hormone replacement therapy can weaken the vein wall.

Below you can see the transformation of our patients who received spider vein treatment.

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“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information on treatments and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

 For a deeper dive into vein and vascular care, please check out our Youtube Channel at this link, and our website https://ljvascular.com

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency,

Please follow our social media Instagram Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

For more blogs and educational content, please check out our clinic’s blog posts

How Can I Expect My Legs to Appear Post-Spider Vein Treatment?2024-05-14T01:32:59-07:00

What Are the Most Impressive La Jolla Vein & Vascular Varicose Vein Before and Afters?

2024-05-14T01:42:50-07:00

At La Jolla Vein & Vascular, we pride ourselves on being pioneers in non-surgical vein treatments, delivering outstanding results without the need for invasive procedures. Our dedication to excellence and patient satisfaction is reflected in the countless success stories of individuals who have undergone our surgery-free treatments, witnessing remarkable transformations in their vein health and overall well-being.

With a highly qualified staff experienced in non-invasive techniques, we offer a comfortable environment where patients can undergo treatments without the need for incisions or cutting. Instead of traditional surgical methods, our modern vein treatments focus on collapsing problematic veins, allowing them to dissolve naturally over time. This innovative approach not only eliminates the need for surgical incisions but also minimizes discomfort and downtime associated with invasive procedures.

One of the key advantages of our surgery-free treatments is the ability to perform them in-office without the need for general anesthesia. This means that patients can undergo vein treatments with peace of mind, knowing that they can return to their normal activities almost immediately after their appointment. Whether it’s a busy work schedule or an active lifestyle, our patients can resume their daily routines without significant disruption.

The results of our surgery-free treatments are truly transformative. As treated veins begin to collapse, damaged veins disappear from the surface of the skin, while blood flow is redirected through healthier veins. This not only improves the appearance of the legs but also relieves symptoms associated with vein issues, such as pain, swelling, and discomfort. With successful vein treatments, many of our patients experience a renewed sense of confidence and vitality, allowing them to fully embrace an active and healthy lifestyle.

But don’t just take our word for it – our patients’ testimonials and before and after photographs speak volumes about the effectiveness of our surgery-free treatments. From individuals who have struggled with varicose veins for years to those seeking preventive care, our patients consistently report positive outcomes and life-changing experiences. Their stories serve as a testament to the power of non-surgical vein treatments in restoring vein health and enhancing overall quality of life.

Just look at these transformations below: 

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By sharing our patients’ before and after transformations, we aim to inspire hope and confidence in others who may be struggling with vein issues. Whether it’s the disappearance of unsightly veins or the alleviation of painful symptoms, our patients’ success stories demonstrate that there is a solution to vein problems that doesn’t involve surgery or lengthy recovery times. With the help of our experienced team at La Jolla Vein & Vascular, individuals can take control of their vein health and enjoy the benefits of surgery-free treatments.

Our commitment to providing exceptional care and delivering outstanding results sets us apart as leaders in non-surgical vein treatments. With our surgery-free approach, patients can achieve remarkable transformations in their vein health and overall well-being, without the need for invasive procedures. From improved appearance to symptom relief, the benefits of our treatments are truly life-changing. If you’re ready to experience the difference for yourself, schedule a consultation with us today and take the first step toward healthier, happier veins.

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“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information on treatments and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

 For a deeper dive into vein and vascular care, please check out our Youtube Channel at this link, and our website https://ljvascular.com

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency,

Please follow our social media Instagram Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

For more blogs and educational content, please check out our clinic’s blog posts

What Are the Most Impressive La Jolla Vein & Vascular Varicose Vein Before and Afters?2024-05-14T01:42:50-07:00

29, 4, 2024

Are there non invasive methods for vein treatment?

2024-05-14T02:07:16-07:00

Uplifting Health Naturally: Embracing Non-Invasive Methods for Effective Vein Care

For many, varicose veins pose discomfort and concern. While there are interventional treatments, adopting conservative management and lifestyle adjustments can notably alleviate symptoms and diminish complications. In this article, we’ll explore conservative options that ease varicose vein discomfort, reduce complications, and enhance your quality of life without invasive procedures.

Understanding Conservative Management

Conservative management offers a non-invasive approach to handling varicose veins, particularly valuable for individuals not ready for vein procedures or preferring to delay treatment. Though they may not erase varicose veins entirely, these measures offer significant symptom relief and improve vein health.

Compression Stockings

Among the most effective and accessible conservative methods are compression stockings. These specially designed elastic stockings gently apply pressure on the veins, aiding blood circulation and preventing backward flow or pooling in the legs.

Medical-Grade Compression: Opt for graduated, medical-grade compression stockings. These provide appropriate compression levels essential for active patients with venous disease compared to TED hose, ensuring symptom relief.

Selecting Suitable Strength: Compression stockings vary in strength, with 20-30mmHg being common for treating varicose veins. Consult your doctor to determine the right compression strength. It’s vital to heed your physician’s advice regarding compression stockings.

Special Considerations: Individuals with conditions like peripheral arterial disease (PAD), diabetes, or neuropathies should consult their healthcare providers before using compression stockings. They might require lower compression strengths or have contraindications.

Avoiding Inactivity

Extended periods of inactivity worsen varicose vein symptoms. To enhance blood flow and alleviate strain on veins:

Regular Walking Breaks: Take short walks during long sitting or standing periods. Moving around the office or during breaks can boost circulation.

Seated Exercise: While seated, flex your feet up and down hourly to stimulate leg blood flow and reduce discomfort.

Movement While Standing: For prolonged standing, gently raise yourself on your toes or rock back and forth on your heels. These movements relieve pressure and encourage circulation.

Dietary Supplements

Certain supplements show promise in easing venous disease symptoms, such as horse chestnut and grape seed extract. Vasculera, a prescription medication, may benefit some individuals. However, consult your primary care physician (PCP) before starting any supplements, considering potential interactions or side effects.

Consult Your PCP: Always seek guidance from your PCP before adding supplements or medications, ensuring personalized advice considering your medical history and health status.

Conservative management and lifestyle adjustments can effectively combat varicose veins. Incorporating measures like compression stockings, regular activity, and selected dietary supplements under medical guidance can provide relief and avert complications. While conservative management may not entirely erase varicose veins, it significantly uplifts overall well-being and vein health.

“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information on treatments and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

 For a deeper dive into vein and vascular care, please check out our Youtube Channel at this link, and our website https://ljvascular.com

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency,

Please follow our social media Instagram Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

For more blogs and educational content, please check out our clinic’s blog posts

Are there non invasive methods for vein treatment?2024-05-14T02:07:16-07:00

What should I expect with Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy?

2024-05-14T02:18:56-07:00

Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy: Elevating Vein Health

When addressing both visible varicose veins and those unseen by the naked eye, the efficacy of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy becomes evident. This advanced procedure combines precise administration with ultrasound visualization, providing a safe and effective solution for various vein conditions. In this piece, we’ll explore the intricacies of ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, the role of polidocanol (Asclera®), treatment frequency, and what to expect during your treatment sessions.

Unveiling Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy: A State-of-the-Art Solution

Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy utilizes technology and medical expertise to target varicose veins that may not be immediately visible. Guided by ultrasound, the foam medication is precisely directed towards these veins. This technique effectively addresses veins near the skin or nerves and navigates complexly twisted veins.

Polidocanol (Asclera®): A Preferred Sclerosant

Polidocanol, known under the brand name Asclera®, stands out as a preferred choice among sclerosant medications. Its patient comfort and minimal risk of side effects make it a prime option for treatment. As a detergent-type medication, polidocanol gently disrupts the inner lining of veins, halting blood flow and eventually leading to vein closure. Approved by the FDA since 2010 for varicose vein treatment, polidocanol has a substantial success record in Europe for decades. Although the transformation of polidocanol into foam for treating larger veins is an off-label use, it has proven remarkably effective and well-tolerated by patients. Our experts at La Jolla Vein Care have extensive experience in foam sclerotherapy, ensuring capable hands for your vein health.

Treatment Frequency: A Tailored Approach

The number and frequency of treatments vary depending on individual anatomy, vein response, and patient goals. Typically, 2 to 5 treatment sessions achieve an 80% improvement. Some larger or stubborn veins may require multiple sessions for a complete response.

Your Treatment Days: Guided Steps Toward Vein Wellness

Preparing for your ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy session is simple:

Consent and Attire: You’ll sign a consent form and change into provided shorts.

Skin Preparation: Alcohol will cleanse your skin, and ultrasound will locate the veins for targeted treatment.

Injection Process: The foam medication will be injected into your veins using a fine needle, guided by ultrasound.

Recovery Period: Elevate your legs on a comfortable wedge pillow for about 15 minutes post-treatment.

Compression Stockings and Walking: After treatment, compression stockings will be applied, and you’ll walk for 30 minutes before leaving. Post-treatment, some achiness and tenderness may occur.

Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy propels improved vein health by offering precision and effectiveness. At La Jolla Vein & Vascular, our committed medical team provides personalized care for your vein health journey. By embracing advanced techniques like ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, you’re setting course for healthier, pain-free legs and elevated well-being.

“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information on treatments and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

 For a deeper dive into vein and vascular care, please check out our Youtube Channel at this link, and our website https://ljvascular.com

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency,

Please follow our social media Instagram Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

For more blogs and educational content, please check out our clinic’s blog posts

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How do I get diagnosed for PAD?

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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) affects a substantial portion of individuals aged over 50. While not everyone with PAD needs vascular procedures, recognizing the importance of accurate diagnosis and proactive management is key to minimizing risks and ensuring a healthier life. This article aims to unravel the complexities of PAD, exploring its symptoms, causes, risk factors, and emphasizing the significance of early diagnosis and treatment.

Unraveling Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, manifests as narrowed arteries due to excessive plaque buildup on their walls. This constriction impedes the flow of oxygen-rich blood from the heart to various body parts. The restricted blood flow, laden with essential nutrients and oxygen, can lead to significant consequences.

Understanding Symptoms, Causes, and Risks Associated with PAD

PAD symptoms typically concentrate in the lower extremities. Individuals might experience pain, cramping, or fatigue in their hip or leg muscles, notably while walking or climbing stairs. Such discomfort often eases with rest but recurs upon resuming physical activity. However, the impact of PAD isn’t limited to leg pain. The diminished blood flow stemming from arterial narrowing can trigger pain in multiple body regions, including the arms, stomach, hip, head, and kidneys.

The root cause of PAD lies in plaque buildup along artery walls, constricting blood flow, oxygen, and glucose delivery, leading to discomfort and pain. Risk factors encompass age, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and a sedentary lifestyle. Left unaddressed, PAD elevates the risk of coronary artery disease, stroke, heart attack, and may result in severe complications like gangrene or necessitate amputation.

Prioritizing Diagnosis and Treatment for PAD

Accurate PAD diagnosis is pivotal for effective management and risk reduction. At La Jolla Vein & Vascular, our specialized physicians offer tailored diagnostic services, recognizing the unique nature of each patient’s condition. Understanding that individual cases differ, our seasoned medical professionals utilize advanced tools and extensive expertise to provide precise assessments and guidance.

Our PAD diagnosis includes a suite of advanced tests, such as detailed physical exams, ankle-brachial index (ABI), arterial ultrasounds, angiography (venography), blood tests, and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA).

Taking Charge of Your Vascular Health

Understanding PAD, its symptoms, causes, and risks is vital for maintaining vascular health. Seeking professional medical guidance if you suspect PAD risk or experience related symptoms is paramount. Our dedicated team at La Jolla Vein & Vascular is committed to accurate diagnosis, personalized treatments, and guiding you toward a healthier, more active life.

Remember, knowledge is the initial step toward effective management. Staying informed and proactive empowers you to take control of your vascular health, reducing the associated risks linked with PAD.

“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

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How do I get diagnosed for PAD?2024-05-14T02:30:21-07:00
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