Vein and Spider Vein Treatment – Berkeley | Emeryville | Albany

Berkeley and Emeryville Vein TreatmentBerkeley and its immediate areas of Albany and Emeryville offer a multitude of activities. Emeryville is certainly the best place to go to find any big box store you may need, while all three towns offer a wide variety of restaurants that serve food from around the world. For hikers, the Berkeley Hills and Tilden Park are excellent destinations. And for those who seek cultural and artistic activities, there is The Berkeley Repertory Theater and countless museums from Albany to Rockridge. Wherever you go, your outing will require a lot of leg work, and those who suffer from varicose veins or spider veins might find themselves wishing they had just stayed home.

Millions of people in the United States suffer from venous insufficiency, which is the disease that gives rise to varicose veins and spider veins. Some think that varicose veins are cosmetic, but they are a real medical condition caused by disease. Not only can varicose veins and spider veins lead to more serious health complications, but they can be debilitating to self-image. Their symptoms like pain and swelling can stop you from doing the activities you love.

What Kind of Vein Treatments?

Treatments for varicose veins have advanced markedly. They now include non-invasive methods that will get you back to walking and not worrying about your legs standing out. All modern vein treatments typically take less than an hour. There are many different treatment options available in order to tailor to your specific conditions. All of them require very little or no downtime at all, so you can be comfortable in your recovery. One of the most notable advances in vein treatment is that they rarely need to be performed in a hospital anymore. They can be done in the comfort of your physician’s office or out-patient clinic.

Make sure you talk to a specialist who can diagnose all vein conditions and suggest the best treatment option for your lifestyle. Possible procedures include endovenous laser therapy (EVLT), sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and VenaSeal Closure.

Who Should You Go To?

There are several factors to consider when picking your specialist to treat spider or varicose veins. Different physicians have different strengths, and it’s essential to get one that works for you. Some Many people travel to nearby cities where they know they will receive the best care available. But, how do you know what doctor to go with?

Type of Doctor:  Not all doctors who treat varicose veins have the training or authorization to perform all treatment options. This can sometimes lead to physicians performing procedures that are not optimal. Whomever you choose to treat your legs, be sure that they do not specialize in only veins. It is vital to visit a physician who specializes in the entire vascular system, such as a vascular surgeon. Also, surgeons have access to the full suite of treatment options. This can be especially critical should any post-procedure complications arise. Non-surgeons are limited in what they can do compared to surgeons.

Clinical Standing:  Ensure your provider is board-certified and read reviews on the clinic to gauge other patients’ experiences. Don’t hesitate to ask for more information from the clinic regarding credentials and experience. Additionally, check to see if the practicing physician has privileges to admit patients to the hospital. Doing so guarantees all available options to treat post-treatment complications remain open, no matter how small the chance.

What Are The Next Steps Towards Vein Treatment?

If you’re worried about your varicose veins or spider veins and want to speak to a professional, a consultation is always the first step toward living a more active life. The San Francisco Vein Center provides flexible appointments and online patient registration meant to accommodate your schedule. During your first appointment, we conduct a complete examination which may include an ultrasound. We learn about your health history to form an accurate and detailed diagnosis and treatment plan.

Almost all vein-related procedures have little or no recovery period and are done in the office to provide a comfortable patient setting. Thorough care is our goal. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor the success of your treatment and for questions or concerns you may later have.

For patients seeking spider vein treatment (sclerotherapy), appointments can be made without a consultation. This is usually made available for individuals who have undergone sclerotherapy previously and understand they have no venous insufficiency or other underlying conditions.

Costs Associated with Vein Treatment

The good news is that insurance often covers all stages of treatment: from consultations & ultrasounds to office visits & follow-ups. However, largely cosmetic services like spider vein treatment rarely fall under the insurance umbrella. Should you have questions regarding your eligibility and what your insurance will cover, we can help you. You can look at the list of health insurance companies in-network with our providers or give us a call at 415-752-1122. No matter the case, you shouldn’t have to live in discomfort.


Varicose veins are not just cosmetic. They can be easily treated ending any pain, discomfort, and ugliness you have. That starts with an office visit. We are a short distance from Albany, Emeryville, and Berkeley. Reach out to our team to book an appointment or call 415-752-1122. Don’t let spider veins or varicose veins stop you from doing what you love.