Vein Care at Weill Cornell Medicine focuses on the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins and other venous disorders. Our vascular surgeons are highly trained experts in the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. We provide personalized and specialized care within a state of the art academic medical center. Our goal is to achieve optimal cosmetic results while alleviating discomfort.
Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine for Vein care?
Personalized treatment from a team of experts: Using the most advanced technology available, our team carefully evaluates each patient to diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan to help you achieve the best possible long-term results.
Our team determines the most appropriate treatment plan based on your unique condition, lifestyle, medical history and health goals. The Weill Cornell Medicine Comprehensive Vein Program has the expertise to treat the entire range of venous disease from cosmetic spider veins and varicose veins to blood clots and bleeding veins.
Leaders in minimally invasive treatment: The majority of our patients receive minimally invasive treatment. Unlike traditional “open” surgery, minimally invasive procedures use ultrasound guidance and small incisions to improve the overall recovery and cosmetic results.
Weill Cornell Medicine’s world-class surgeons are at the forefront of minimally invasive therapies. We perform all types of procedures, including Thermal Ablation (Venefit™ and VenaCure™), Nonthermal Ablation (VenaSeal™ and Varithena), Microphlebectomy, Sclerotherapy, and VeinGogh™
Conditions We Treat
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.
A common condition among both women and men in the United States, varicose veins are large “rope-like” veins protruding from the skin’s surface. Some patients are primarily concerned with the cosmetic appearance of the veins, while others are bothered by symptoms associated with varicose veins. Varicose veins can become congested with blood resulting in symptoms of fatigue, heaviness, swelling, aching and even itching and burning. Left untreated, varicose veins can worsen over time and in advanced cases can lead to skin inflammation, pigmentation, ulceration or bleeding.
Reticular veins are blue-green veins visible just beneath the skin’s surface. They have thin walls that expand under pressure. While they can dilate and enlarge, they do not become as large as varicose veins. They can exist independently or can be the underlying problem causing spider veins.
Spider veins or enlarged capillaries appear as red, blue or purple lines. They are usually less than 2 millimeters in diameter and can be raised from the skin’s surface. They usually appear on legs, but can also appear on the face or elsewhere on the body.
Venous disease can have many causes, with heredity a major contributor. Hormonal factors, like pregnancy and hormone use, can contribute to the development of varicose veins, as can being overweight, standing or sitting for long periods of time and lack of exercise.
What to Expect
Your initial appointment at the Weill Cornell Medicine Comprehensive Vein Program will include a detailed evaluation of your symptoms, lifestyle and personal and family history. In addition to a physical exam you will undergo a complete vascular ultrasound at our onsite accredited vascular lab. Our experienced technologists will study your deep and superficial venous system.
Using all this information you and your doctor will develop a personalized and specific treatment plan. Most of the treatments are done in the office as an outpatient procedure.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Scheduling an appointment is easy — patients typically secure an appointment within 24 hours of their initial request. We offer both in-person and video visits.
Contact us to schedule an in-person consultation or a video visit with one of our top-ranked surgeons.