Vein Center

The Vein Center at the Vascular Institute of New York is proud of its world-renowned physician team, all of whom take a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of problematic veins, including spider veins and varicose veins as well as other diseases of the veins, ranging from venous ulcers, to deep vein thrombosis, to pulmonary embolism.

Why Choose Us

We strive every day to set ourselves apart in many important ways.

First, we staff our Vein Center only with physicians who are also involved heavily in training. This allows them to remain abreast of the most current treatments, studies, and devices available.

Second, the members of our surgical team have also developed many of the procedures used in the finest vein clinics around the world.

Finally, most of our treatments are minimally invasive and can be done with no inpatient admission or general anesthesia. Further, our procedures involve literally no recovery or recuperation time, so you can leave our clinic and jump right back into your daily life.

Types of Veins

At the Vascular Institute of New York, we treat a variety of vein conditions. These include:

  • Reticular Veins
  • Spider Veins
  • Varicose Veins

Reticular Veins

Reticular veins are small veins that carry blood to the capillaries in the skin. Because the walls of reticular veins are so thin, they easily expand if put under stronger than usual pressure.

The next two conditions affect over 80 million people:

Spider Veins

Capillaries that become enlarged are known as “spider” veins. In general, spider veins less than 2mm across, and can appear as lines in colors of purple, blue or red.

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are those that become stretched and/or swollen, and start to rise in “rope-like” figures along the skin. The swelling occurs when a vein stops performing properly in its function to move blood back up to the heart from the leg, allowing the blood to pool in the leg. As the veins become congested with blood, they start to swell. This condition can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Aching
  • Bleeding
  • Changes in pigmentation
  • Fatigue
  • Heaviness
  • Inflammation
  • Night cramps
  • Restlessness in the legs
  • Skin irritation such as itching, burning, and rash
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Ulceration

Causes of Spider and Varicose Veins

A variety of factors determine whether or not a person will develop spider or varicose veins. These include:

  • Age
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • Heredity
  • Injury to the legs
  • Lack of exercise
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Puberty
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time
  • Using birth control pills that contain estrogen or progesterone

Treating Varicose Veins

As part of our mission to provide the most effective methods for treating vein problems, we offer a wide variety of procedures for our patients. The approach to treatment may vary, but patients with painful or unsightly veins are prime candidates for one of our modes of treatment. These include:

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Performed under local anesthesia, this procedure involves surgically removing the varicose veins at or near the surface of the skin. There is a very low risk of scaring with this procedure.

Endovenous Laser

A minimally invasive office based treatment of the great saphenous vein, this is a preferred alternative for surgical stripping procedures.

RF (radiofrequency) Laser Ablation

Using either radiofrequency or laser energy to collapse and seal the damaged vein, this is another minimally-invasive procedure.


This painless procedure uses an ultra-thin needle to remove long segments of varicose veins. There are no stitches required after this outpatient procedure, and only a local anesthetic is required.


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