5, 1, 2024

Wonderful Patient Reviews and Success Stories at La Jolla Vein & Vascular

2023-12-26T15:26:22-08:00

Wonderful Patient Reviews and Success Stories at La Jolla Vein & Vascular

At La Jolla Vein & Vascular, our primary goal is to offer comprehensive care to individuals grappling with a variety of vein and vascular conditions. Our dedication to excellence and innovation has led to incredible transformations in the lives of our patients. In this post, we’ll take you through some of our remarkable patient journeys, illustrating the significant changes they experienced through our advanced vein and vascular treatments.

Understanding Venous Disease

Venous disease encompasses various conditions, including spider veins, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and chronic venous insufficiency. These conditions can cause discomfort, pain, and significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. Acknowledging the importance of timely intervention and personalized treatment plans, our team comprises skilled professionals dedicated to addressing these concerns.

Common Patient Transformations: Inspiring Stories

Patient 1: Journey to Confidence

A vibrant young woman struggled with self-consciousness due to spider veins on her legs. Seeking help at our clinic, personalized sclerotherapy effectively targeted and diminished the appearance of her spider veins. With renewed confidence, she embraced her style without hesitation.

Patient 2: Triumph Over Varicose Veins

An active middle-aged man faced disruption in daily activities due to throbbing varicose veins. After consulting our experts, minimally invasive procedures like radiofrequency ablation not only relieved his discomfort but also allowed him to resume outdoor sports and cherish family time.

Patient 3: Journey to Comfort

A retiree dealing with chronic venous insufficiency found relief through a comprehensive treatment plan that included ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. With reduced swelling and improved circulation, she rediscovered the joy of activities like long walks and gardening.

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Our Approach to Transformation

At La Jolla Vein & Vascular, our patient-centric approach involves personalized consultations, cutting-edge diagnostics, and tailored treatment plans. We prioritize empowering our patients with knowledge about their conditions and involving them in the decision-making process. Our commitment to staying updated with medical advancements ensures our patients receive the most effective and innovative treatments available.

Join Us on the Path to Wellness

If you or a loved one are dealing with vein and vascular conditions, we invite you to embark on a journey toward renewed wellness with us. Our dedicated team provides effective treatments and compassionate support every step of the way. Understanding that each patient’s journey is unique, we’re eager to be part of your pursuit of improved vein health.

These stories highlight the profound impact of comprehensive vein and vascular treatments. Through innovative procedures and a patient-centered approach, we’re dedicated to fostering positive transformations that go beyond the physical realm.

“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

Wonderful Patient Reviews and Success Stories at La Jolla Vein & Vascular2023-12-26T15:26:22-08:00

18, 9, 2023

Soothing swelling: A comprehensive guide to understanding and managing lymphedema

2023-08-30T18:27:54-07:00

Soothing swelling: A comprehensive guide to understanding and managing lymphedema

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Swelling, or edema, in the legs can be a concerning symptom with underlying implications. In this blog post, we’ll explore the causes and symptoms of swelling, including the distinct condition of lymphedema. We’ll also discuss the importance of seeking medical attention and introduce how La Jolla Vein & Vascular can assist in diagnosing and addressing vascular-related leg swelling.

What Causes Swelling in the Legs?

Swelling in the legs, known as edema, is a result of fluid accumulation in the soft tissues due to malfunctioning valves in the veins. When the valves weaken or fail, blood circulation from the legs becomes compromised. This leads to fluid and blood getting trapped in the legs, causing them to swell. This accumulation of fluid leading to bodily swelling is termed edema.

Understanding Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a distinct form of chronic edema that arises when the lymphatic system fails to function properly. Unlike vein-disease related edema, lymphedema is directly linked to the lymphatic system’s inefficiency. However, it’s important to note that vein disease can progress into a combined venous and lymphatic disorder over time. It’s crucial to involve a healthcare professional early on, as prompt attention can make a significant difference.

Risk Factors for Lymphedema or Swelling

Anyone experiencing swelling in the lower leg should consider it abnormal and consult a physician without delay. It’s important to diagnose and initiate treatment for the underlying issue promptly. Additionally, while swelling can indicate venous issues, it can also be symptomatic of other non-venous conditions such as heart disease, heart failure, obesity, high blood pressure, liver disease, or kidney disease. Seeking immediate medical attention is vital to ascertain the root cause.

Identifying Symptoms of Lymphedema or Swelling

Several symptoms can indicate the presence of lymphedema or swelling:

  • Swelling in part or all of the arm or leg, including fingers or toes
  • Feelings of heaviness or tightness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Aching or discomfort
  • Recurring infections
  • Skin changes like hardening and thickening (fibrosis)
  • Leg cramps

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Professional Assistance at La Jolla Vein & Vascular

La Jolla Vein & Vascular specializes in diagnosing vascular causes of leg swelling through advanced techniques like duplex ultrasound. This non-invasive method aids in detecting blood clots or venous reflux, helping to determine the underlying issue. For instances where obstructions higher than the groin are suspected, a venogram may be recommended. While lymphedema is primarily a clinical diagnosis, lymphoscintigraphy can be ordered through an external imaging center to further assess the condition.

Swelling in the legs can be indicative of underlying issues, ranging from venous problems to lymphatic disorders. Early detection and intervention are essential to prevent further complications. If you’re experiencing swelling or suspect lymphedema, seeking the expertise of medical professionals, such as those at La Jolla Vein & Vascular, can provide the necessary diagnostic tools and treatment guidance. Remember, addressing these concerns promptly can greatly impact your overall health and 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 and Tik Tok Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

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

Soothing swelling: A comprehensive guide to understanding and managing lymphedema2023-08-30T18:27:54-07:00

22, 8, 2023

Patient Transformation: Varicose Veins

2023-05-24T14:01:21-07:00

Varicose Vein Treatment: Patient Transformations 

What are varicose veins?

They are the twisted, bulging veins just beneath the surface of the skin. These veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin. These veins usually occur in the legs, but they also can form in other parts of the body. Varicose veins are a common condition.

What causes them?

Varicose veins are caused by leaky vein valves, which allow blood to pool within the veins causing them to stretch and become enlarged. These veins can be an isolated finding, but the majority of the time, they are caused by underlying venous reflux disease. Venous reflux disease is also known as venous stasis, venous insufficiency or venous incompetence. Reflux may occur in the deep and/or superficial leg veins.

In our study, led by Dr. Nisha Bunke and published in the Journal of Vascular Ultrasound in 2018, we studied over 1,000 legs with varicose veins. Over 90% of the time, the source of the varicose veins were the great and small saphenous veins. The Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) courses up the middle of the thigh and calf and the small saphenous vein (SSV), which courses along the back of the calf. Normally, there are one-way valves within the leg veins, which help blood flow in one direction: toward the heart. This means blood is traveling against gravity. The calf muscle also helps move blood toward the heart. When vein valves are leaky, blood flows backward (reflux) towards the feet. Blood pools in the lower legs, causing bulging veins at the surface. 

As you can see below, these patient transformations after varicose vein treatment are remarkable! 

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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 Elliot DeYoung, 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 and Tik Tok Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

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

 

Patient Transformation: Varicose Veins2023-05-24T14:01:21-07:00

Patient Reviews and Testimonials: La Jolla Vein & Vascular

2023-05-24T13:08:36-07:00

La Jolla Vein & Vascular is a state-of-the-art medical center dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of vein and arterial conditions, below are some incredible patient reviews and testimonials. 

 

The patients who have given reviews have been treated for one or multiple of our vein or vascular conditions. Vein conditions include varicose veins, spider veins, and venous leg ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency, edema, lymphedema, and deep vein thrombosis.  Arterial conditions and treatments such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), atherectomy, angioplasty, stenting.  We also offer prostate artery embolization (PAE) to treat BPH, varicocele embolization for men and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), pelvic venous congestion (PVCS), pelvic and labial varicose veins for women.  Osteoarthritis treatment includes genicular artery embolization (GAE) to alleviate knee pain due to arthritis.

 

Below are some patient reviews and testimonials.

 

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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 Elliot DeYoung, 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 and Tik Tok Profile for more fun videos and educational information. 

 

 

Patient Reviews and Testimonials: La Jolla Vein & Vascular2023-05-24T13:08:36-07:00

16, 5, 2023

Spider veins-why are they important to your health?

2023-02-15T19:53:38-08:00

Spider veins are the fine, thread-like reddish veins at the surface of the skin. These veins are not healthy. Spider 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 the veins.

What are the symptoms?

Vein conditions affect people differently. For some, spider 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. Spider 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.

Risk factors in developing spider veins:

Heredity, gender, age, weight, pregnancy, history of deep vein thrombosis

(DVT and blood clots), standing or sitting for long periods of time, smoking, exposure to heat (hot tubs, baths, saunas), and tight clothing.

“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 Elliot DeYoung, 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.

 

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency, check this link out full of resources. 

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


Spider veins-why are they important to your health?2023-02-15T19:53:38-08:00

How can you tell your vein disease is worsening?

2023-02-15T18:57:27-08:00

Venous reflux disease is also known as venous stasis, venous insufficiency or venous incompetence. Venous reflux disease refers to ‘leaky valves’ in the veins of the legs. Reflux may occur in the deep and/or superficial leg veins. The deep veins are those within the muscle; they bring at least 80-90% of the blood from the legs back to the heart. The superficial veins are outside of the muscle and under the skin.

The main superficial veins are the Great Saphenous Vein that courses up the middle of the thigh and calf and the small saphenous vein, which courses up the back of the calf. Normally, there are one-way valves within the leg veins, which help blood flow in one direction: toward the heart. This means blood is traveling against gravity.

The calf muscle also helps move blood toward the heart. When vein valves are leaky, blood flows backward (reflux) towards the feet. Blood pools in the lower legs, causing bulging veins at the surface. Symptoms include leg heaviness, leg fatigue, leg pain, ankle swelling, phlebitis (inflamed and painful veins), restless legs at night, and night cramps.

Venous reflux disease is progressive and worsens over time. Skin changes may also develop, including darkening of the skin around the ankles. The darkening of the skin is sometimes referred to as venous stasis skin changes. The skin can become dry and itchy (venous eczema). Eventually, the skin can break down causing a wound, called a venous leg ulcer.

Varicose Veins and Venous Reflux Disease

Varicose veins are the twisted, bulging veins just beneath the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin. These veins usually occur in the legs, but they also can form in other parts of the body. Varicose veins are a common condition.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins are caused by leaky vein valves, which allow blood to pool within the veins causing them to stretch and become enlarged. Varicose veins can be an isolated finding, but the majority of the time, they are caused by underlying venous reflux disease. Venous reflux disease is also known as venous stasis, venous insufficiency or venous incompetence. Reflux may occur in the deep and/or superficial leg veins.

In our study, led by Dr. Nisha Bunke and published in the Journal of Vascular Ultrasound in 2018, we studied over 1,000 legs with varicose veins. Over 90% of the time, the source of the varicose veins were the great and small saphenous veins. The Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) courses up the middle of the thigh and calf and the small saphenous vein (SSV), which courses along the back of the calf. Normally, there are one-way valves within the leg veins, which help blood flow in one direction: toward the heart. This means blood is traveling against gravity. The calf muscle also helps move blood toward the heart. When vein valves are leaky, blood flows backward (reflux) towards the feet. Blood pools in the lower legs, causing bulging veins at the surface.

 

“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 Elliot DeYoung, 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.

 

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency, check this link out full of resources. 

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


How can you tell your vein disease is worsening?2023-02-15T18:57:27-08:00

Treatments for varicose veins

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Conservative Management & Lifestyle Modifications

The goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, prevent complications and for some to improve appearance.  Lifestyle changes can ease the symptoms, but do not cause the veins to vanish.  These treatments include:

  • Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time:  To keep blood moving when you have to sit or stand for long periods, try these tips: at work, take walking breaks and try walking during your lunch hour. While sitting, try flexing your feet up and down ten times an hour.
  • Exercise: Exercising is good for your veins because it improves blood flow. Walking, cycling or swimming are great exercises for vein health. But be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
  • Weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight: Being overweight puts extra pressure on your veins.
  • Leg elevation: Use leg elevation three or four times a day for about 15 minutes at a time. Even elevating your legs on a step stool or ottoman is beneficial. If you need to sit or stand for a long period of time, flexing (bending) your legs occasionally can help keep blood circulating. If you have mild to moderate varicose veins, elevating your legs can help reduce leg swelling and relieve other symptoms.
  • Compression stockings: These elastic stockings squeeze or compress the veins and prevent blood from flowing backward. Compression stockings must be graduated, medical-grade compression to be beneficial. Over the counter,support hose or TED hose are not adequate to reduce symptoms in venous disease for active patients.
  • Supplements such as horse chestnut and grape seed extract can help reduce symptoms of venous disease. Check with your doctor before starting supplements.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen.
  • Anti-inflammatory topical agents such as OTC Arnica, or prescription voltaren gel may be helpful for painful phlebitis.
  • Ice packs can be applied to veins that are tender to reduce inflammation

Procedures for Treating Varicose Veins

 

Step 1: The Underlying Problem 

The first step is to treat the underlying problem, the venous reflux. The specific pattern of venous reflux was detected by ultrasound. Venous reflux usually starts in the saphenous veins. The saphenous veins are most effectively treated with vein ablation procedures. This involves placing a small catheter within the vein and using heat or a solution to produce injury and eventual closure of the vein. The most commonly used treatments for the saphenous veins are radiofrequency ablation (RFA), laser ablation, mechanico-chemical ablation

(MOCA or Clarivein), and in some cases Varithena Foam or Venaseal.

The treatment recommendation is customized, based on where reflux is present and other factors that need to be considered when making this decision.

These will involve the following:

  • Your age, overall health, and medical condition.
  • Extent of the condition.
  • The findings of your venous ultrasound.
  • Your signs and symptoms.
  • Your tolerance of specific medicines, procedures, or therapies.
  • Expectations for the course of the condition.
  • Your opinion or preference.

Step 2: Varicose Vein Treatment

After the underlying saphenous vein reflux is corrected, the bulging veins (varicose veins) can be treated by injecting a foamed medication that will cause them to scar and eventually dissolve (foam sclerotherapy), or to remove them using tiny incisions. The most common method is foam sclerotherapy. This is also known as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS). Phlebectomy is another option which includes making small incisions to remove the vein.

 

“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 Elliot DeYoung, 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.

 

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency, check this link out full of resources. 

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


Treatments for varicose veins2023-02-15T18:53:12-08:00

Self care for varicose veins

2023-02-15T18:32:05-08:00

Conservative management and lifestyle changes can ease the symptoms of varicose veins and help reduce complications such as thrombophlebitis (blood clots within veins) and vein rupture, but do not cause the veins to vanish.  These measures are helpful if an individual is not a candidate for vein procedures or wishes to delay interventional treatment. Conservative options include:

Compression stockings: These elastic stockings squeeze or compress the veins to help circulate blood. The compression stockings prevent blood from flowing backward and pooling in the legs. Compression stockings must be graduated, medical grade compression to be beneficial. TED hose are not adequate to reduce symptoms in venous disease for active patients. Compression stockings come in different strengths and the most common strength for the treatment of varicose veins is 20-30mmhg. Your doctor should advise you which strength of compression stockings you should wear. In patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), diabetics, and neuropathies, compression may be contraindicated or lesser strengths of compression may be advised

Avoid inactivity: Standing or sitting for long periods of time can aggravate your vein condition.  To keep blood moving when you have to sit or stand for long periods, try these tips: at work, take walking breaks and try walking during your lunch hour. While sitting, try flexing your feet up and down 10 times an hour. When standing, raise yourself up and down on your toes or rock back and forth on your heels.

heat can worsen symptoms of leg pain and varicose veins

Dietary Supplements:  Supplements such as horse chestnut and grape seed extract can help reduce symptoms of venous disease. Vasculera is a prescription medication that may be helpful for some. Always check with your PCP before starting supplements or new medications as there may be side effects.

 

Dietary Changes and High Fiber Diet:  A flavonoid rich diet including berries, green teas can reduce inflammation and pain. A high fiber diet can increase abdominal pressure and may be helpful for varicose veins. Make sure to drink plenty of water with your high fiber diet.

Anti-inflammatory Medications  are helpful to reduce pain and inflammation, but check with your doctor first to make sure you don’t have contraindications to using them. Ibuprofen and Advil are common oral anti-inflammatory medications. There are also anti-inflammatory cream or gels that can be applied topically to the painful veins, such as Voltaren gel.

Ice Packs and heating pads can be applied to tender veins. Ice packs and heating pads can be used in an alternating manner.

Weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight: Being overweight puts extra pressure on your 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 Elliot DeYoung, 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.

 

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency, check this link out full of resources. 

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


Self care for varicose veins2023-02-15T18:32:05-08:00

5, 4, 2023

Interventional radiology procedure GAE

2023-02-15T14:52:39-08:00

Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is an interventional radiology procedure used to treat knee pain due to osteoarthritis. The procedure minimizes the flow of blood to the knee lining (synovium). Osteoarthritis causes the bones in the knee joint to rub each other, creating friction. This leads to increased flow of blood to the knee due to inflammation. Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is a relatively new and effective minimally invasive procedure that is ideal for people with;

  • Mild to severe knee osteoarthritis
  • People who have not responded to medication, injections, and therapy
  • People who are not read to undergo partial or complete knee replacement surgery

While the procedure does not treat the underlying cartilage damage, it effectively treats the symptoms associated with knee arthritis. Additionally, unlike knee surgery, physical therapy is unnecessary after undergoing the Genicular artery embolization (GAE) procedure.

Why Choose Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE )?

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It is essential to point out that while Genicular artery embolization (GAE). It is a relatively new procedure for treating osteoarthritis (OA). It is more effective than other treatments. One of the main reasons you should choose Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is that it is minimally invasive. The procedure is performed by an outpatient surgeon, allowing you to go back home the same day. Research also shows that the procedure has low risk and much faster recovery. Unlike taking drugs with numerous side effects, such as stomach upsets, the procedure has minimal side effects. Additionally, the procedure has a very high success rate, with eighty-five percent of patients treated with Genicular artery embolization (GAE) reporting significant pain and discomfort relief within the first month.

Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE) vs. Surgery

Compared to traditional surgeries performed to treat knee osteoarthritis, Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is more efficient and safe. This procedure is minimally invasive for starters, meaning that it requires a small incision in the skin. The scar is barely visible in 1-2 months after the procedure. No one loves having scars on their feet. Unfortunately, extensive knee surgeries such as complete knee replacement leave large scars that are difficult to conceal.

Secondly, you get to go home the same day. Knee surgeries require the use of general/local anesthesia, which takes time to wear off. You will also need to spend a night or two for doctor observation after surgery. With Genicular artery embolization (GAE), you do not need to spend the night in the medical facility. Additionally, the procedure works for everyone, including people at high risk of complications and would not want to undergo expensive knee surgeries.

 

“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 Elliot DeYoung, 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.

 

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency, check this link out full of resources. 

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


Interventional radiology procedure GAE2023-02-15T14:52:39-08:00

Patient Reviews & Testimonials

2023-02-15T21:17:55-08:00

La Jolla Vein & Vascular is a state-of-the-art medical center dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of vein and arterial conditions for patients.

Vein conditions we treat for patients include varicose veins, spider veins, and venous leg ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency, edema, lymphedema, and deep vein thrombosis.  Arterial conditions and treatments such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), atherectomy, angioplasty, stenting.  We also offer prostate artery embolization (PAE) to treat BPH, varicocele embolization for men and uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), pelvic venous congestion (PVCS), pelvic and labial varicose veins for women.  Osteoarthritis treatment includes genicular artery embolization (GAE) to alleviate knee pain due to arthritis.

Below are some patient reviews and testimonials. 

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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 Elliot DeYoung, 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.

For more information on varicose veins and eliminating underlying venous insufficiency, check this link out full of resources. 

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

Patient Reviews & Testimonials2023-02-15T21:17:55-08:00
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