Varicose Veins Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

Around 20% of Americans get varicose veins. In addition to being embarrassing, these large, twisted veins can also cause leg tiredness, pain, heaviness, and swelling. At Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, serving all of San Diego County, the skilled vascular disease specialists take varicose veins seriously. They use the latest state-of-the-art technology, including VNUS Closure® radiofrequency treatment, VenaSeal™, Venclose™, and Varithena™ to end your vein problems, increase your comfort, and raise your self-confidence. Book your consultation online or call the office for help now.

Varicose Veins Q & A

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are large and twisted veins that usually occur in the legs. They’re very common, affecting around 1 in 5 Americans today. 

Varicose veins cause significant embarrassment for most sufferers, and they’re frequently a physical problem as well. Heavy, tired-feeling legs are very common problems with varicose vein sufferers, particularly at the end of the day. 

Severe varicose veins with very high internal pressure can rupture and turn into venous ulcers, a serious condition that can lead to tissue death and even limb loss if untreated.

What causes varicose veins?

Varicose veins typically develop because of malfunctioning or damaged internal valves. Your arteries deliver blood throughout your body, and your veins carry the blood back up to your heart for recirculation. 

But, if the vein valves that push your blood upward aren't working properly, your blood moves down instead of up. That leads to blood pooling, and eventually, the extra blood stretches the vein walls until they become distended varicose veins.

Certain factors, including age, being female, having a family history of varicose veins, being obese, and prolonged periods of standing can all greatly increase your risk for varicose veins. 

How are varicose veins treated?

Vascular Associates of San Diego offers cutting-edge varicose vein treatments including: 

Radiofrequency ablation

VNUS and Venclose are treatments that use a series of short radiofrequency energy impulses to heat the diseased vein from within. This triggers collagen contraction within your vein walls, which leads to vein withering and closure. The blood moves into other healthy veins nearby.


VenaSeal is a treatment in which your doctor uses a tiny catheter to administer a small amount of medical adhesive within your varicose vein. Then, they apply direct pressure to seal the diseased vein closed. Blood redirects to other healthy veins in the area. 


Varithena is a foam sclerotherapy treatment in which your doctor injects a foam solution that attaches to your varicose vein walls. This foam sclerosant irritates the vein lining and triggers vein closure. As with other treatments, the blood moves into other veins nearby.

Vascular Associates of San Diego performs these treatments on an outpatient basis, which means little-to-no downtime, pain, or inconvenience for you. 

Do you hate your varicose veins and want to get rid of them without major surgery? Vascular Associates of San Diego has vascular specialists waiting to help. Call the office or use online scheduling to learn more about the latest cutting-edge varicose vein treatment options now.