La Jolla Vein Care Promotes Public Awareness About Venous Disease

Yesterday, our own Nikki Loerzel, RVT and Kristi Manion, CMA were guest speakers at Campas De Las Campanas in Rancho Bernardo.  The event was to increase public awareness about venous disease and to promote recognition of signs and symptoms.  Nikki spoke for about an hour and answered questions regarding venous disease, vein conditions, treatments, diagnosis and compression stockings.

La Jolla Vein Care’s ‘Healthy Legs’ educational series teamed up with Covidien’s ‘Rethink Varicose Veins’ campaign to increase community education.  Last month, Covidien hosted a dinner presentation to increase awareness about venous disease in the medical profession.  Dr’s Bunke-Paquette and Fronek spoke to other physicians about diagnosing venous disease such as chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins, as well and new endovenous treatments.  There were about 30 physicians from various disciplines including dermatologists, internists, surgeons, podiatrists, etc.

La Jolla Vein Care will return to Campas De Las Campanas on Monday for a free community vein screening.

Procedures For Youthful Hands: Hand Veins and Fillers

hand-rejuvenation-proceduresThe hands can show signs of aging, such as enlarged veins, thinning skin, bony appearance and age spots. Hand veins tend to appear more prominent as one ages due to decreased collagen in the skin. Hand rejuvenation procedures in the past have focused on the removal of hand veins with sclerotherapy. The new concept today is to use an injectable filler

Youthful Hands

such as Radiesse to stimulate collagen production in the hands to add volume and plump up the skin on the back of the hands, making them appear younger. Radiesse can be used alone to improve the appearance of the hands, or in combination with sclerotherapy of hand veins.
It’s important to see a highly trained physician who is familiar with the anatomy of the hand veins.

Olympic Athlete Struggles With Varicose Veins

Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders

Patients sometimes tell us that they feel isolated or alone as a result of their varicose veins. The fact is, however, that they are not alone- one in four Americans have some form of vein disorder. Olympic athletes get varicose veins too! Olympic swimmer and gold-medalist, Summer Sanders shares her story of suffering with varicose veins. “As a life-long athlete and Olympic swimmer, I never thought a condition like varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) would affect me. It soon hit me that, even though I was active, I was starting to get my mother’s legs.
It’s important for people to realize that varicose veins and CVI can happen to anyone and they are more than just a cosmetic issue. But you don’t have to live with the uncomfortable and painful symptoms. There are minimally-invasive treatments available that are covered by many insurance plans.
It’s time to Rethink Varicose Veins. I’m glad that I did.” Read all of Summer’s story at

World Renowned Vein Specialists Meet in Sedona

Dr. Bunke-Paquette joined 40 invited vein experts from around the world at Sedona Days 2012. The meeting, held in the ‘red rock country’ of Sedona, Arizona was hosted by Dr. Nick Morrison of the Morrison Vein Institute and was made possible by Medi who sponsored the event. Sedona Days 2012 featured many of the leading phlebologists in the world. Various topics related to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with venous disease were presented and discussed in a unique and intimate setting.

Dr. Bunke-Paquette Speaks About Venous Leg Ulcers at UCSD’s 35th Annual Assembly In Surgery Conference

On Friday, April 20 Dr. Bunke-Paquette joined distinguished faculty to participate in UCSD’s 35th Annual Assembly in Surgery, held in the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California. She discussed the modern management of venous leg ulcers to the attendees who were surgeons. One of Dr. Bunke-Paquette’s area of expertise is in the treatment of the venous leg ulcers. She discussed new methods of treatment for the venous leg ulcer. Dr. Bunke-Paquette explained how the goal of treatment is to eliminate the underlying venous insufficiency, which is the cause for the venous leg ulcer. She described non-surgical treatment methods such as foam sclerotherapy and endovenous radiofrequency and laser ablation therapies.
The 35th Annual Postgraduate Assembly in Surgery is a 4-day conference that was designed to bring the practicing surgeon up-to-date on the latest developments in general surgery and surgical specialties.

Compression Socks Improve Circulation for Diabetic Patients

This year, The Sigvaris Diabetic Compression Socks officially launched featuring 18-25mmHg of graduated compression, a non-binding band, flat toe seam and soft padding for the foot, as well as DriRelease, offering moisture wicking. This new product has been clinically proven to alleviate discomfort and edema in patients with diabetes. In a recent pilot study, ‘the use of the Sigvaris mild compression diabetic socks showed statistically significant decreases in calf, ankle and foot circumferences in this initial study and may help patients with diabetes and lower extremity edema without compromising lower extremity vascularity.

Did you know approximately 1 in 3 people will have diabetes by 2050 according to the American Diabetes Association.
Diabetics are at an added risk for the development of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) up to twice as much as non-diabetic patients. -Diabetologia (2005) 48:1017-1021

When Diabetic Patients Need Compression Socks

People with diabetes often have circulation problems that can cause swelling in their feet, ankles and legs.  There are many causes of leg swelling, not necessarily related to diabetes.  Leg swelling can be caused by more serious conditions- many of which can be associated with diabetes complications such as heart disease, venous insufficiency, and kidney disease.  Certain diabetes medication can also cause swelling.

Now, Sigvaris has introduced a compression sock for diabetic patients.  There is a difference between the diabetic compression sock and a mere diabetic sock without compression.  New research shows that for many diabetic patients, compression socks can help keep legs and feet healthy, as well as allow the patient to have a more active lifestyle.  Foot and skin care is important to the diabetic patient.  Keeping swelling under control is important in improving the skin condition and reducing complications related to leg swelling.

Radiofrequency Technology: The Next Wave for Treating Varicose Veins

The next generation technology for treating varicose veins is here. La Jolla Vein Care is pleased to announce its newest device for treating unsightly, bulging veins of the legs- the Venefit™ procedure. The procedure utilizes radiofrequency energy to cause the veins to collapse and eventually vanish. The procedure allows for a quick, comfortable recovery and immediate return to normal activities. The next wave of technology for vein treatment is here-and it’s at La Jolla Vein Care.

‘Healthy Legs Event’ Participants Put Their Best Legs Forward

Free varicose vein screenings and duplex ultrasound examinations were performed all day long for La Jolla Vein Care’s Healthy Legs Event. Scripps Ximed Employees participated in the vein screenings and learned more about how standing occupations, such as those in the healthcare field can contribute to leg vein problems. Refreshments and gift bags were given out, which were filled with goodies including Pop Chips, which were donated by Pop Chips San Diego.
Sigvaris-Life for Legs was present to offer compression stockings at 20% off retail and for custom fittings. Sigvaris introduced their everyday medical grade compression stockings in sheer as well as performance compression socks for athletes.
Overall, the event helped increase awareness about leg vein health amongst health care workers and guests.

Healthy Legs Day

Put a spring in your step by attending La Jolla Vein Care’s Healthy Legs Day today, March 21, from 8:30am-5pm. Learn about vein conditions and the newest technology to eliminate varicose and spider veins. Enjoy free varicose vein screenings, refreshments, gift bags, and gift certificates.
Pop Chips of San Diego have donated some yummie treats for participants to enjoy, along with other refreshments. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome. La Jolla Vein Care is located in the Scripps Ximed Medical Building. (858/550-0330,