Comprehensive Vein Program
The Comprehensive Vein Program at Weill Cornell Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all vein problems, including varicose veins, spider veins, and venous insufficiency. Our expert vascular specialists and state-of-the-art facilities make the Comprehensive Vein Program at Weill Cornell Medicine one of the best vein treatment centers in New York. Our team of vascular surgery specialists offers the most up-to-date, minimally invasive treatments for venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and spider veins.
About Vein Disease
Normally leg veins carry blood from the legs back to the heart, using one-way valves that are located inside the veins to keep blood flowing in the right direction. When the valves do not function normally, blood can pool in the leg veins and cause veins to gradually increase in size. This can result in the formation of spider veins, varicose veins, and symptoms of leg aching, heaviness and swelling.
Superficial Phlebitis - Inflammation of a superficial vein, presents as a warm, tender, painful area
Leg Swelling - Could be related to superficial veins (varicose veins) or deep veins (venous insufficiency, DVT, compression of the iliac vein (May-Thurner syndrome)
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome - Chronic pelvic pain associated with pelvic varicose veins
Deep Vein Thrombosis - Inflammation and blood clot formation in the veins, primarily occurring in the leg. We offer minimally invasive endovascular treatment to improve symptoms and long-term outcomes
Spider Veins & Reticular Veins - Spider veins are tiny red or blue veins that are flat. Reticular veins are blue, medium-sized veins that sometimes protrude out from the skin. These types of veins are generally a cosmetic issue but can be associated with more advanced vein disease.
Varicose Veins - Large veins which protrude out from the skin surface. Varicose veins may be associated with leg aching, fatigue, cramping, heaviness, and swelling. In advanced cases they may lead to skin rash, skin pigmentation and even skin ulcers.
Minimally-Invasive Treatment Options
Sclerotherapy-Injections used to treat small varicose veins, reticular veins and spider veins using a tiny needle to inject a medication that causes them to collapse.
Radiofrequency Ablation (VNUS Closure™)-Minimally-invasive treatment to close veins with damaged valves using a small catheter that uses radiofrequency energy to heat the inside of the vein. Radiofrequency ablation is an alternative to traditional surgical saphenous vein stripping. This procedure is routinely performed under local anesthesia in our office, usually in less than an hour.
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLT)-Minimally-invasive treatment similar to radiofrequency ablation to close veins with damaged valves. A small catheter is inserted into the vein and uses laser energy to generate heat that seals the vein closed. This procedure can also be performed under local anesthesia in our office in less than an hour.
Phlebectomy- Removal of varicose veins through tiny incisions. This minimally-invasive surgical technique is performed in our office under local anesthesia. The tiny incisions are so small that stitches are generally not needed and virtually no scar is created. This is the preferred method for removal of large varicose veins.