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.
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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.
Varicose veins and spider veins develop gradually and progressively. They are unsightly and are often a source of considerable discomfort. Both varicose veins and spider veins can cause symptoms. Symptoms often become worse during the menstrual cycle and pregnancy for women. The symptoms can include:
- Aching, tenderness
- Heaviness, fatigue
- General restlessness in the legs
- Burning pain
- Throbbing pain
- Leg cramps, particularly at night
- Ankle swelling
- Skin discoloration at the ankle
- Skin ulcers above the ankle
Does Medicare cover varicose vein treatment?
Medicare is accepted at La Jolla Vein Care. Medicare will typically cover a consultation, diagnostic ultrasound and varicose vein treatment if it is considered medically necessary.
To be considered medically necessary and not cosmetic, the individual must meet certain criteria:
1) The vein condition must cause symptoms that are lifestyle altering and interfere with activities of daily living.
2) The individual has experienced complications of their vein condition such as leg ulceration, bleeding from a varicose vein or phlebitis
3) The patient has worn medical grade compression stockings for at least 6 weeks
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La Jolla Vein Care was featured on the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Member Spotlight, titled ‘Surgery-free Vein Treatment’
“La Jolla Vein Care has been a leader in non-surgical varicose vein removal since its establishment in 2010. The San Diego Chamber of Commerce was present at its 2010 ribbon cutting ceremony. It is located at the Ximed Building on the Scripps Memorial Campus in La Jolla.”
La Jolla Vein Care accepts San Diego military insurance coverage for varicose vein treatment. We accept Tricare Standard and Tricare for Life plans. Tricare Premium is HMO and not accepted.
- Blue Cross / Blue Shield
- Health Net
- Tricare For Life
- Tricare Standard
- United Healthcare
Check out La Jolla Vein Care’s Dr. Bunke and Dr. Fronek in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, which is the Top Doctor’s Issue. The article highlights the doctors expertise, specialized training, and diagnostic and innovative treatment technology that is offered at La Jolla Vein Care.
WORLD THROMBOSIS DAY
Recognized on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood disease of thrombosis. With hundreds of educational events in countries around the world, WTD and its partners place a global spotlight on thrombosis as an urgent and growing health problem.
Thrombosis is the formation of potentially deadly blood clots in the artery (arterial thrombosis) or vein (venous thrombosis). Once formed, a clot can slow or block normal blood flow, and even break loose and travel to an organ. This can result in significant injury, including heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism – the top three cardiovascular killers.
At La Jolla Vein Care, we specialize in ultrasound imaging technology that can diagnose blood clots in the leg veins, called deep venous thrombosis or DVT. A new or acute DVT requires emergency care. Old or chronic DVTs can damage the valves in the leg veins, causing a collection of signs and symptoms related to venous disease. We treat these types of conditions at La Jolla Vein Care.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – A blood clot that forms in the veins located deep within a limb, usually the lower leg or thigh. By blocking the flow of blood back to the heart, these clots are often characterized by pain and swelling of the leg. Clots in the leg can break off, travel to the lungs and lodge there as pulmonary embolism (PE). These can be fatal because they block the flow of blood from the lungs back into the heart.
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The great saphenous vein (GSV), previously referred to as the long saphenous vein, is a superficial leg vein that runs from the top of the thigh near the groin, down the inner thigh all the way to the inner ankle. The top blue arrow in this diagram points to the location of the great saphenous vein.
The Great Saphenous vein is responsible for varicose veins about 80% of the time. When varicose veins appear in the inner thigh or calf areas, the GSV is often the culprit (see picture). The other superficial vein largely responsible for varicose veins in the small saphenous vein. The small saphenous vein (SSV) runs along the back of the calf. The SSV was previously referred to as the short saphenous vein. Varicose veins on the backside of the leg are often caused by leaky valves within the small saphenous vein.
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