NCMA Vein Center

NCMA’s Vein Center offers symptomatic venous disease treatment without hospitalization or surgery. Led by Sonoma County's top vein doctor, cardiologist Dr. Vishal Patel, we use the latest minimally invasive techniques and treat a full spectrum of venous disorders from varicose veins to severe venous stasis disease and ulcerations.

NCMA Vein Center


NCMA Vein Center
3536 Mendocino Avenue
Suite 200
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 573-6166

Office hours

Day of the WeekHours
Monday8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Day of the WeekHours


Vishal G. Patel, MD
Vishal G. Patel, MD

Interventional cardiology, Northern California Medical Associates

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Vishal G. Patel, MD

Annual physician symposium, April 6, 2019, Santa Rosa, Calif.

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Dr. Patel chats with colleagues at annual physician symposium, April 6, 2019, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer telehealth / telemedicine appointments?

Yes, we do. Contact our office at 707-573-6166 to see if a telemedicine video conference appointment may be right for you.

What are varicose veins? How common are they? Who is most likely to get them?

Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They can be seen and felt right under the surface of the skin. Varicose veins usually occur in the legs and feet. They can cause a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, swelling or skin discoloration in affected areas.

Varicose veins are a fairly common condition in the U.S., affecting around 23 percent of all Americans, according to WebMD. For many the condition is a family trait. If other family members have varicose veins there is a greater chance you will, too. Women are twice as likely as men to get varicose veins.

How can you relieve pain caused by varicose veins?

Varicose veins can cause throbbing, swelling, a burning sensation in your extremities, and pain. If you are experiencing pain caused by varicose veins, there are some at-home remedies to start with: drink water, elevate your legs, stretch, put ice on legs or soak legs in cold water. You may be able to prevent varicose veins by wearing lower-heeled shoes, wearing loose / non-restrictive clothing, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly to encourage blood flow.

These measures may help on a temporary basis. If your pain persists, you may have chronic venous insufficiency.

How do you know when you need vein treatment?

The presence of a few common symptoms in your lower extremities could indicate you should be evaluated for vein treatment. Some of these symptoms include:

prominent veins or varicose veins
leg pain or aching
spontaneous bleeding from veins
non-healing ulcers
If you have one or more of these symptoms and they do not improve, that’s a good indicator you may benefit from evaluation and testing by a vein specialist for proper treatment. Most venous conditions can now be treated by in-office procedures that are non-surgical.

What are the different types of vein procedures?

There are several different kinds of procedures for venous diseases depending on the underlying condition and severity of your symptoms. Common vein procedures include:

VNUS Closure (radio frequency vein ablation),
Venaseal Closure (non-thermal adhesive treatment),
ambulatory phlebectomy,
endovenous laser therapy (EVLT), and more.
Your physician will discuss the best treatment options for venous diseases and will work with you to create a plan to help you achieve your most successful outcome.

What is venous reflux?

Venous reflux develops when the valves that keep blood flowing out of the legs and back to the heart become damaged or diseased. This can cause blood to pool in your legs and lead to symptoms such as: pain, swelling, leg heaviness and fatigue, skin changes and skin ulcers, and varicose veins.

What insurance plans are accepted by Northern California Medical Associates

We currently accept the following insurance plans (subject to change):
• Aetna (Direct)
• Anthem Blue Cross of California and Prudent Buyer Network
• Beech Street Corporation
• Blue Shield of California
• Humana / Choice Care Network
• California Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC)
• CIGNA / Great West Healthcare
• Coventry / First Health Network
• Delta Health — Amy’s Kitchen
• HealthNet
• Healthsmart
• Medicare
• Meritage Medical Network
• MultiPlan/PHCS, Inc.
• Partnership HealthPlan of California
• Railroad Medicare
• UHC AARP Medicare Complete through Meritage (new in 2020)
• United Healthcare
Verify coverage with your health plan.

Northern California Medical Associates

Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) has been a leading association of medical practitioners in the North Bay Area since 1975, when Cardiology Associates of Santa Rosa, Inc. first opened its doors. NCMA remains committed to expanding its expertise and scope of care by continuing to merge with several private practices to better serve our patients in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. In addition to our family medicine and internal medicine practices, NCMA’s specialties include: cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, ENT / otolaryngology / head & neck surgery, foot & ankle medicine / podiatry, gastroenterology, osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine, rheumatology / infusion services, vein disorder treatment and medical weight management.

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