La Jolla Vein Care Receives 2016 Best of La Jolla Award

La Jolla Vein Care Receives 2016 Best of La Jolla Award 3rd Year in a Row

La Jolla Award Program Honors the Achievement

LA JOLLA February 18, 2016 — La Jolla Vein Care has been selected for the 2016 Best of La Jolla Award in the Physicians category by the La Jolla Award Program.

Each year, the La Jolla Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the La Jolla area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 La Jolla Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the La Jolla Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About La Jolla Award Program

The La Jolla Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the La Jolla area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The La Jolla Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Watch us on CBS Channel 8 ‘American Health Front’

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

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


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

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

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

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

According to the manufacturer’s website:

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

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



Highlights of the National Vein Congress

The La Jolla Vein Care doctors and staff attended the American College of Phlebology (ACP) Annual Conference in Phoenix last week.  More than 1,000 vein care practitioners from the United States and around the world attended the meeting to share information and research in the field of vein disorders (also known as phlebology).  The speakers included vein and vascular experts from around the world, include La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Fronek.  Dr. Bunke was featured in the daily congress newsletter as being the first physician to complete a specialized Fellowship program in the field of Phlebology.

La Jolla Vein Care’s medical assistants and vascular sonographers attended also to learn the most update information on a variety of vein topics including; complications in sclerotherapy, the swollen limb, thrombophilia, new anticoagulants, venous stents, compression therapy, vascular ultrasound, foam and liquid sclerotherapy, vascular malformations, lymphedema, venous system during pregnancy, venous skin changes, dvt and superficial thrombophlebitis, chronic venous insufficiency and research on specific vascular topics.




Dr. Fronek to Speak at ACP Annual Congress in Phoenix

Dr. Fronek

Dr. Helane Fronek to speak at the ACP Annual Congress in Phoenix.

La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Helane Fronek was invited to speak to her peers at the upcoming, American College of Phlebology (ACP) Annual Congress in Phoenix.  This congress is the country’s largest peer-education forum dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of venous and lymphatic disease. Attended by hundreds of vein care specialists, from physicians to nurses to researchers, the Annual Congress is one of the best opportunities to learn directly from experts in the field and connect with other medical professionals in the field of vein care. Each year, approximately 900 vein care specialists from across the globe come together at our Annual Congress. Participants come from all areas of the medical profession–physicians, nurse practitioners, ultrasound technologists, and researchers attend the Annual Congress to discuss the latest technology, treatments and advances from  experts in the field of venous and lymphatic disease.

Dr. Fronek is a past president of the ACP and an active member. She will be speaking about various topics on venous disease.

La Jolla Vein Care Amongst San Diego’s Top Doctors


La Jolla Vein Care doctors featured in San Diego Magazine’s Top Doctors Issue 2014.

La Jolla Vein Care doctors Nisha Bunke, M.D. and Helane Fronek, M.D. were featured in the October issue of San Diego Magazine’s  Top Doctors issue 2014 for vein specialists. Pick up a copy of San Diego Magazine to read their article. Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Dr.  Kulreet Chaudhary who graced the cover of the Top Doctors issue.

World Thrombosis Day

Venous thrombosis is an extremely important condition, that we take very seriously at La Jolla Vein Care. Since we deal with veins, we frequently diagnose this condition  in our office.  This condition always requires attentions, as consequences can be severe and life-threatening in some cases.  The following about World Thrombosis Day, which is a movement to increase public and professional education about blood clots,  is reprinted from

World Thrombosis Day (WTD) is one day – October 13 – around the world dedicated to focusing attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood disease burden caused by  thrombosis globally…but it is not a one-time observance.

Thrombosis refers to a blood clot that forms in your artery or vein. It is the one disorder that causes the world’s top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism (VTE) – a blood clot mostly in the leg or lungs. While most people are aware of heart attack and stroke, fewer people know about VTE. That’s why VTE is our initial focus for WTD. 


La Jolla Vein Care supports World Thrombosis Day

The World Health Assembly has set a global target of reducing premature deaths from non-infectious disease, including cardiovascular disease, by 25 percent by 2025. To meet this goal, we must reduce thrombosis.


Importance of a Certified Sonographer

October is ultrasound awareness month.  The goal of ultrasound awareness month is to educate the public about the role of medical ultrasound in healthcare.  At La Jolla Vein Care, ultrasound is essential to confirm the diagnosis of many vein disorders, such as venous insufficiency, venous reflux disease, and deep venous thrombosis.  Fortunately, we have three ultrasound scanning machines on-site at our facility. We also have two certified, vascular technologists (also referred to as vascular sonographers) who perform the ultrasound studies.  Our vascular technologists have specialized training in vascular ultrasound, also known as vascular sonography.
The designation RVT, stands for registered vascular technologist.  This designation means that they have demonstrated quality care,  Nikki  patient safety and continuing competency of ultrasound professionals. They have passes a series of rigorous examinations to earn the certification, and as a result, our patients are receiving the highest level of care.
Different terms of Sonography
Sonography – using the reflections of high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to construct an image (a sonogram) of a body organ or vascular structures like veins.
Ultrasound – the use of ultrasonic waves for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, specifically to image an internal body structure, monitor a developing fetus, or generate localized deep heat to the tissues.
Transducer – a device that receives a signal in the form of one type of energy and converts it to a signal in another form
Sound wave – a wave that transmits sound.
Sonographer – a specialist in the use of Sonography; a person who performs the sonographic exam (ultrasound).

Designer Compression Socks On Sale


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A reminder that Rejuvahealth, our favorite brand for designer compression socks and stockings, engineered to reduce the symptoms of venous disease, varicose veins, and swelling are on sale on until tomorrow September 11th. They can also be found at

We Mourn the Loss of Dr. John Bergan, Founder of the Vein Institute of La Jolla

This last week, we mourn the loss of a famed vascular surgeon and incredible human being. Dr. John Bergan, world renowned vascular surgeon who founded the Vein Institute of La Jolla passed on Wednesday June 10. Dr. Bunke trained under Dr. John Bergan and has said, ‘he was a great human being, compassionate doctor, a dear friend.  I couldn’t have been more fortunate to have had Dr. Bergan as my mentor.  We miss him dearly.’

His obituary read:

‘A vascular surgeon who gained national and international acclaim as one of the pioneers in organ transplantation has died at the age of 87.

Dr. John J. Bergan died Wednesday in Chicago, 50 years after he performed the first kidney transplant at what is now Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He founded the Division of Vascular Surgery at Northwestern University’s medical school and wrote what is considered one of the most authoritative books on the circulatory system.

His son-in-law, Drew Davis, announced his death Friday. He says Dr. Bergan died from complications of a neurological illness.

A longtime Northwestern colleague called Dr. Bergan a “pioneer and a visionary vascular surgeon.” Dr. William Pearce added it’s unlikely any vascular surgeon in the United States does not know of Dr. Bergan’s contributions to medicine.’


Dr. John J. Bergan

More about Dr. John Bergan:


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Dr. John Bergan is a clinical vascular surgeon and respected teacher of vascular surgery.  He serves as Professor of Surgery at the University of California, San Diego and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  His office for the private practice of vascular surgery is in La Jolla, California, and there he is on the staff of the Scripps Memorial Hospital.


Dr. Bergan completed his secondary education in South Bend, Indiana, attended Yale University and received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He was influenced by the pioneering vascular surgery of Dr. Harris Shumacker during internship and then completed his surgical residency at the Northwestern University Medical School under the guidance of Dr. Walter Maddock, one of the founders of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

At Northwestern,  he pursued a career in arterial surgery and organ transplantation. The Post Graduate Vascular training program there became the model for subsequent Fellowships approved by the American Board of Surgery.


After 1972, Dr. Bergan assisted Dr. James Yao in development of the noninvasive laboratory at Northwestern University Medical School. He was the principle founder of the Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society and the American Venous Forum.  His teaching of vascular surgery was rewarded by the Rovsing Silver Medal of the Danish Surgical Society, the Hach Silver medal of the German Phlebologic Society and honorary memberships in the Royal College of Surgeons in England, the Vascular Society of Great Britain & Ireland, the Vascular Surgery Section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and many others.


In Southern California, Dr. Bergan has confined his clinical and research interests to the venous system. He discovered that deep venous reflux disappeared after correction of superficial venous incompetence and  his recent clinical work has emphasized  chemical ablation of incompetent veins using intravenous foam.  His basic science investigations with Professor Geert Schmid Schönbein have uncovered a fundamental cause of venous dysfunction, which has potential for pharmacologic manipulation.


Academically, Dr. Bergan founded the Venous Digest, a monthly newsletter containing abstracts and commentary delivered by e-mail monthly and the International Venous Digest by Fax which is translated into 9 languages and delivered worldwide weekly.

Dr. Bergan has served as President of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the European‑American Venous Symposium, the American Venous Forum, the International Association of Vascular Surgeons, the Chicago Surgical Society, the Gulf Coast Vascular Society, and the Southern California Vascular Surgical Society.  He is current President of the American College of Phlebology and has served as a member of the editorial boards of all of the major surgical and vascular journals such as the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery, Surgery and the British Journal of Surgery. He has published over 700 papers and has edited or co-edited 34 books on Vascular Topics nine of which deal with venous problems. His latest contribution, The Vein Book  has appeared  in the Winter of 2014.