7, 2, 2024

Patient Testimonials Showcasing La Jolla Vein & Vascular’s Impact

2023-12-26T16:08:33-08:00

Patient Testimonials Showcasing La Jolla Vein & Vascular’s Impact

At La Jolla Vein & Vascular, we take pride in offering holistic care for various vein and vascular conditions. Our dedication to excellence and innovation has resulted in remarkable transformations for our patients. In this blog post, we’ll share the inspiring stories of individuals who experienced life-changing improvements through our advanced vein and vascular treatments.

Understanding Venous Disease

Venous disease encompasses multiple conditions, from spider veins and varicose veins to deep vein thrombosis and chronic venous insufficiency. These conditions can cause discomfort and impact daily life. Recognizing the importance of early intervention, we’ve assembled a skilled team devoted to addressing these issues with tailored treatment plans.

Patient Transformations: Stories of Renewal

Patient 1: Journey to Confidence

A vibrant young woman struggled with spider veins affecting her legs. Feeling self-conscious about wearing her favorite clothes, she sought help at our clinic. Personalized sclerotherapy sessions effectively reduced the appearance of her spider veins, restoring her confidence to embrace her style without hesitation.

Patient 2: Triumph Over Varicose Veins

An active middle-aged man faced daily disruptions due to throbbing varicose veins. After consulting our experts, he underwent minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation procedures. This not only relieved his discomfort but also allowed him to return to outdoor sports and enjoy quality time with his family.

Patient 3: Rediscovering Comfort

A retiree coping with chronic venous insufficiency experienced leg swelling and discomfort that affected her active lifestyle. Through ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy and a comprehensive treatment plan, her swelling reduced, improving circulation and allowing her to rediscover the joy of long walks and gardening.

Our Approach to Transformation

At La Jolla Vein & Vascular, our patient-centric approach involves personalized consultations, advanced diagnostics, and tailored treatment plans. We believe in empowering patients with knowledge about their conditions and involving them in decision-making. Our commitment to staying at the forefront of medical advancements ensures that patients receive cutting-edge treatments.

Join Us on the Path to Wellness

If you or a loved one are dealing with vein and vascular conditions, join us on a journey toward improved wellness. Our dedicated team offers effective treatments and compassionate support. Each patient’s story is unique, and we’re committed to being part of your journey to better vein health.

These testimonials illustrate the profound impact of comprehensive vein and vascular treatments. Through innovative procedures and patient-centered care, we aim to bring about positive transformations that extend beyond the physical.

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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


Patient Testimonials Showcasing La Jolla Vein & Vascular’s Impact2023-12-26T16:08:33-08:00

22, 11, 2023

Illuminate Your Vascular Health: Exploring the Benefits of Laser Ablation

2023-10-10T15:17:13-07:00

Illuminate Your Vascular Health: Exploring the Benefits of Laser Ablation

VenaCure: Elevating Vascular Health through Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

In the landscape of contemporary vascular treatments, a ray of hope shines for those contending with the vexing issue of backward blood flow, often dubbed “reflux” within their saphenous veins. Enter VenaCure, a beacon of innovation, and a game-changer in the field of vascular care. This groundbreaking procedure, also known as Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) or Endovenous Laser Ablation Therapy (EVLT), specifically targets the great and small saphenous veins – the primary superficial veins in the leg. Join us as we embark on an exploration of VenaCure, its myriad benefits, and the seamless treatment process that promises to restore your comfort and well-being.

Decoding VenaCure: The Potent Force of Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

VenaCure, the harbinger of Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), is engineered to tackle the challenges presented by venous reflux. Venous reflux, characterized by the backward flow of blood in veins, can give rise to discomfort and potential health risks. This pioneering procedure is strategically designed to seal off the affected vein(s), thereby reestablishing healthy blood flow patterns.

The Journey of Treatment: A Detailed Examination

VenaCure delivers a swift, minimally invasive solution, conveniently conducted in an outpatient setting. Here’s a step-by-step overview of the treatment process:

  • Anesthesia and Catheter Insertion: The procedure commences with the application of lidocaine to the skin, ensuring numbness. Subsequently, a slender wire and laser catheter are gently inserted into the targeted vein.
  • Application of Laser Energy: The laser catheter becomes the conduit for controlled laser energy directed at the vein wall, a process that effectively seals the vein. This redirected blood flow now courses through healthier veins, facilitating efficient circulation.
  • The Continuation of Healthy Blood Flow: The veins that remain healthy continue to dutifully transport blood back to the heart, ensuring the optimal functioning of your vascular system.

The Day of Treatment: What Lies Ahead

As you approach the day of your VenaCure treatment, here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Anesthesia and Sedation: Local anesthesia is administered, but it’s worth noting that many patients opt for a mild oral sedative like Valium to enhance relaxation during the procedure.
  • Patient Comfort: A gown is provided, and your positioning is tailored to ensure maximum comfort. Individual needs are attentively considered, whether it means lying on your back or belly.
  • Entertainment Choices: Your comfort is a priority, and you’ll have the option to enjoy a movie on Netflix or listen to your favorite music while the procedure unfolds.
  • Preparation and Vein Mapping: The ultrasound is employed to map your veins, and a numbing agent (lidocaine) is expertly administered to the skin.
  • Laser Catheter Insertion: Guided by ultrasound, a minuscule puncture is created to facilitate the passage of the laser catheter. Further local anesthesia and cool saline are thoughtfully administered around the vein.
  • Pain-Free Laser Treatment: The laser energy is then applied, effectively addressing the targeted vein issue.

Post-Treatment Care: Navigating the Road to Recovery

Following your VenaCure treatment, we recommend that you engage in 30 minutes of walking twice daily to minimize discomfort and prevent blood pooling. It’s crucial to wear the compression stocking continuously for at least 72 hours to ensure proper healing. For two weeks post-procedure, it’s prudent to abstain from strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, saunas, hot tubs, and leg massages.

VenaCure empowers you to take the reins of your vascular health, effectively addressing reflux and discomfort with precision and efficiency. Here at La Jolla Vein & Vascular, our team of medical experts is unwavering in their dedication to providing personalized care that caters to your vascular well-being. By embracing innovative treatments like VenaCure, you embark on a journey towards a healthier, more vibrant life.

“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



Illuminate Your Vascular Health: Exploring the Benefits of Laser Ablation2023-10-10T15:17:13-07:00

18, 10, 2023

Understanding venous reflux: unveiling the causes and impact of venous insufficiency

2023-09-29T20:25:40-07:00

Understanding venous reflux: unveiling the causes and impact of venous insufficiency

Venous reflux disease, alternatively referred to as venous stasis, venous insufficiency, or venous incompetence, is a complex condition affecting the veins of the legs. In this article, we will delve into the details of venous reflux disease, from its causes and symptoms to the progressive nature of the condition. We’ll also explore the crucial role of ultrasound technology in diagnosing and formulating personalized treatment plans.

Understanding Venous Reflux

At the heart of venous reflux disease lies the concept of ‘leaky valves’ within the leg veins. These valves, responsible for maintaining proper blood flow, may fail, causing blood to flow backward (reflux) instead of towards the heart. Venous reflux can occur in both deep and superficial leg veins, affecting the efficiency of blood circulation.

The Anatomy of Reflux

In the leg veins, there are two main types: deep and superficial. The deep veins, residing within the muscle, carry the majority of blood from the legs back to the heart. On the other hand, superficial veins are situated outside the muscle, just beneath the skin. Key players in the realm of superficial veins are the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), coursing through the thigh and calf, and the small saphenous vein, running along the back of the calf.

Impact of Leaky Valves

Ordinarily, one-way valves in leg veins facilitate blood flow against gravity, aided by the contraction of calf muscles. When these valves become leaky, blood flows backward, leading to blood pooling in the lower legs. This condition manifests in symptoms such as leg heaviness, pain, fatigue, ankle swelling, and even restless legs at night. Over time, venous reflux disease can progress, giving rise to skin changes, including darkening, dryness, itching, and the potential development of venous leg ulcers.

Diagnosis through Ultrasound

Diagnosing venous reflux disease requires specialized tools, with ultrasound technology leading the way. Not all vein issues are visible to the naked eye, as many arise from veins beneath the skin’s surface. Ultrasound examinations provide insights into the direction of blood flow, valve functionality, and the presence of blockages or scars in the veins.

Personalized Treatment Steps

Addressing venous reflux disease involves a strategic approach tailored to each patient’s unique condition. The treatment process typically consists of three key steps:

Step 1: Treating Underlying Reflux
The initial focus is on addressing the root cause—venous reflux. This is achieved by targeting the saphenous veins, which are often the origin of the issue. Innovative vein ablation procedures like radiofrequency ablation, laser ablation, mechanico-chemical ablation (MOCA), and Varithena Foam are employed to restore proper blood flow.

Step 2: Tackling Varicose Veins
Once underlying reflux is resolved, attention shifts to varicose veins. Foam sclerotherapy, involving injections of a foamed medication, or minimally invasive removal methods, can be employed to eliminate bulging veins.

Step 3: Managing Spider Veins
For those seeking cosmetic enhancement, spider vein treatment through sclerotherapy is available. Although cosmetic in nature, this step completes the comprehensive treatment journey.

Venous reflux disease is a multifaceted condition that requires specialized care for effective management. Our approach encompasses state-of-the-art diagnostics, cutting-edge treatments, and personalized care to address the various aspects of this condition. Through our expertise and commitment, we aim to provide transformative outcomes, enhancing both the health and quality of life of our patients. If you’re ready to embark on the journey to healthier veins, contact us to take the first step towards comprehensive vein and vascular wellness.

“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

Understanding venous reflux: unveiling the causes and impact of venous insufficiency2023-09-29T20:25:40-07:00

13, 7, 2023

How is venous reflux disease treated?

2023-05-25T16:20:56-07:00

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.

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. The treatment Step recommendation is customized, based on where reflux is present and other clinical factors.

Step 2: Varicose Veins

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).

Step 3: Spider Veins

Spider vein treatment is always considered a cosmetic procedure. If improved cosmesis is a goal of treatment, make sure to discuss this with your doctor and plan on having cosmetic treatment as the last step. Spider vein treatment is accomplished by sclerotherapy, which is an injection of a liquid medication into the spider veins. Ask your provider for an estimate about how many treatment sessions/ vials are necessary to get the results you want.

“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



How is venous reflux disease treated?2023-05-25T16:20:56-07:00

10, 5, 2023

Treatment for venous reflux disease

2023-02-15T19:07:43-08:00

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.

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. The treatment Step recommendation is customized, based on where reflux is present and other clinical factors.

Step 2: Varicose Veins

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).

Step 3: Spider Veins

Spider vein treatment is always considered a cosmetic procedure. If improved cosmesis is a goal of treatment, make sure to discuss this with your doctor and plan on having cosmetic treatment as the last step. Spider vein treatment is accomplished by sclerotherapy, which is an injection of a liquid medication into the spider veins. Ask your provider for an estimate about how many treatment sessions/ vials are necessary to get the results you want.

“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. 


Treatment for venous reflux disease2023-02-15T19:07:43-08:00

Venous reflux disease 101

2023-02-15T19:01:31-08:00

In addition to your physical exam findings and medical history, an ultrasound examination is an important tool in the assessment of venous disease. Not all venous disease is visible to the naked eye, and it usually arises from veins that are beneath the surface of the skin, only visible by ultrasound technology.

The ultrasound allows us to see if the valves are leaky; it can detect the direction of blood flow and also detects blockages in the veins, for example from blood clots or scars within the veins from previous clots.  The ultrasound will determine exactly which veins are ‘bad’ or incompetent.  Reflux may be detected in the deep veins (within the muscle), the great and small saphenous veins, and/or branches of the saphenous veins.  This will help determine the treatment plan.

Below are some photographs from our ultrasound exams. Take a peak for an inside look on what to expect during your ultrasound appointment. 

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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. 


Venous reflux disease 1012023-02-15T19:01:31-08:00

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

7, 3, 2023

Patient Transformation: Varicose Veins

2023-02-13T15:53:36-08:00

Varicose Veins: 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. 

 

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

“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 Transformation: Varicose Veins2023-02-13T15:53:36-08:00

How is venous reflux disease treated?

2023-02-13T15:48:42-08:00

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 sphaneous 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.

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. The treatment Step recommendation is customized, based on where reflux is present and other clinical factors.

Step 2: Varicose Veins

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).

Step 3: Spider Veins

Spider vein treatment is always considered a cosmetic procedure. If improved cosmesis is a goal of treatment, make sure to discuss this with your doctor and plan on having cosmetic treatment as the last step. Spider vein treatment is accomplished by sclerotherapy, which is an injection of a liquid medication into the spider veins. Ask your provider for an estimate about how many treatment sessions/ vials are necessary to get the results you want.

“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 is venous reflux disease treated?2023-02-13T15:48:42-08:00

How is venous reflux disease diagnosed?

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In addition to your physical exam findings and medical history, an ultrasound examination is an important tool in the assessment of venous reflux disease. Not all venous reflux disease is visible to the naked eye, and it usually arises from veins that are beneath the surface of the skin, only visible by ultrasound technology.

The ultrasound allows us to see if the valves are leaky; it can detect the direction of blood flow and also detects blockages in the veins, for example from blood clots or scars within the veins from previous clots.  The ultrasound will determine exactly which veins are ‘bad’ or incompetent.  Reflux may be detected in the deep veins (within the muscle), the great and small saphenous veins, and/or branches of the saphenous veins.  This will help determine the treatment plan.

Below are some photographs from our ultrasound exams. Take a peak for an inside look on what to expect during your ultrasound appointment. 

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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. 

 

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How is venous reflux disease diagnosed?2023-02-13T15:37:13-08:00
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