How Do I Know If I Have An Underlying Vein Problem?

Varicose Veins Are Not Always Visible to the Naked Eye

Most vein conditions are not visible to the naked eye. The veins that are visible can be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ indicating an underlying problem. Therefore, a duplex ultrasound examination may be recommended to determine if there is an underlying condition called, venous inssufficiency. Venous insufficiency indicates when the vein valves are leaky.  Bulging, ropy varicose veins, and spider veins in certain anatomic regions of the body such as the inner ankles and inner thighs or blue veins behind the knees suggest underlying venous insufficiency.dysfunctional vein valvesVeins are not always visible to the eye

Are Varicose Veins Inherited?

Do You Have Your Mother’s Legs?

One of the strongest risk factors for varicose veins is a family history. We often see mothers and their daughters, fathers and sons, siblings, and some times the entire family for similar varicose vein issues. This picture demonstrates a mother and her daughter with ironically the same varicose vein pattern of distribution. Don’t want your mother’s legs? Stay on top of your vein condition and have them treated or maintenance treatment to avoid bulging varicosities.

Varicose veins may be hereditary. This picture demonstrates a mother and daughter who have the same distribution of varicose veins.

Varicose veins may be hereditary. This picture demonstrates a mother and daughter who have the same distribution of varicose veins.

Cryo-Sclerotherapy, Painless Spider Vein Treatment

La Jolla Vein Care Nurse Practitioner performing cryosclerotherapy treatment of spider veins.

La Jolla Vein Care Nurse Practitioner performing cryosclerotherapy treatment of spider veins.

La Jolla Vein Care is now offering Pain Free Cryo Sclerotherapy!

What is Cryo-Sclerotherapy?
Cryo-Sclerotherapy is sclerotherapy in combination with a Cryo device. What this does is cool the surface of the skin before, during, and after injections. It is intended to minimize pain during injections by providing temporary anesthetic relief. This does not interfere with the results of treatment.
Call La Jolla Vein Care now to upgrade any Sclerotherapy appointment to Cryo-Sclerotherapy for an additional $100. Appointments book quickly, if you haven’t scheduled your Cryo-Sclerotherapy already now is the time!
Please contact our office at ( 858) 550-033 for additional information.

SD Woman Magazine Names Dr. Bunke a ‘Woman of Distinction’

San Diego Woman Magazine Features Dr. Nisha Bunke of La jolla Vein Care in their ‘Women of Distinction’ report.  This month’s issue of San Diego Magazine highlights other exceptional professionals and features Tracy Anderson, celebrity fitness trainer on its cover. Pick up your issue or go to SD Woman Magazine website, http://www.sdwomanmagazine.com

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Dr. Bunke featured in San Diego Woman Magazine, as a ‘Woman of Distinction.’ Tracy Anderson, celebrity fitness trainer is featured on the cover.

 

Dr. Oz Visits San Diego

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Dr. Bunke and Michelle of La Jolla Vein Care with Dr. Oz of the Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Bunke and Michelle of La Jolla Vein Care met with America’s favorite doctor today- Dr. Oz, on the set of KUSI after the Good Morning San Diego show. Dr. Oz talked about various issues on the show such as cupping, the latest medical trends and also The Voice Awards which raises awareness on substance abuse and mental health. Afterwards, he graciously took time to discuss vein treatments with Dr. Bunke.

Watch The Dr. Oz Show weekdays at 1 p.m. on KUSI.

Stocking Troubles? Tips, tricks and an easy guide

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Stocking Troubles? Tips, tricks and an easy guide to living in harmony with compression stockings

 

Applying stockings with ease:

  1. Turn your stocking completely inside out
  2. Locate the smaller foot hole of the stocking and tuck the foot in until you reach the heel
  3. Place your thumbs on either side of the tucked in foot hole, with the heel located on the bottom
  4. Put your foot in the stocking until the heel of the stocking has met your heel
  5. Grab the larger hole or top of the stocking (it should be hanging off your foot) and pull the stocking up onto your leg
  6. Inch and pull the stocking until it has reached either below the crease of your knee for knee highs, or the highest portion of your thigh for thigh highs.

Common Misconceptions… Do I have spider veins or varicose veins?

Common Misconceptions… Do I have spider veins or varicose veins?spider veins back thighs

There is a common misconception of what varicose and spider veins really are. It may be embarrassing for some to admit that they have varicose veins or they simply just think that they have spider veins. Although spider veins can be fed from varicose veins, they are simply not the same. Let’s start with spider veins… What are they? Spider veins are typically purple web-like veins that appear either scattered all over the leg or in clusters. Although they can be symptomatic, they are usually painless and are considered cosmetic. They lie almost, if not, flat on the skin and are often described as “unsightly.” Varicose veins on the other hand are bulgy. People describe them as snake or rope like or even like a little brain. Varicose veins protrude from the skin and are not considered a cosmetic condition, but rather a medical condition. They can also be either symptomatic or asymptomatic. To properly diagnose patients with either spider veins or varicose veins, a thorough consultation should be done to examine the patient’s legs and areas of concern. Sometimes, certain patterns of spider veins indicate that there may be an underlying vein condition. An ultrasound examination can be done to properly diagnose varicose veins and underlying vein conditions.