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Location and Contact Information 520 East 70th Street
Starr Pavilion, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10065
www.cornellsurgery.org/vascular
To schedule an appointment or to refer a patient call (646) 962-8450

Program Overview
The Comprehensive Vein Program at Weill Cornell Medical Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all vein conditions, ranging from spider veins and varicose veins to deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Our expert vascular specialists and state-of-the-art facilities make the Comprehensive Vein Program at Weill Cornell Medical Center one of the best vein treatment centers in New York. Our team of vascular surgeons offers the latest minimally-invasive treatments for venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and spider veins which can be performed in an office setting. We are experts in endovascular techniques used in the treatment of acute venous thrombosis, chronic vein occlusions, and pelvic congestion syndrome. We provide expert evaluation and treatment for the full spectrum of clinical and aesthetic vein conditions.

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.

Photo: Vascular Spider Veins

SPIDER VEINS and RETICULAR VEINS

  • Spider veins are tiny red or blue veins that are flat
  • Reticular veins are blue, medium-sized veins that do not protrude out from the skin
  • Generally a cosmetic issue but can be associated with more advanced vein disease


Photo: Varicose Veins

VARICOSE VEINS

  • Large veins which protrude out from the skin surface
  • May be associated with leg aching, fatigue, cramping, heaviness, and swelling
  • In advanced cases may lead to skin rash, skin pigmentation, and even skin ulcers


Services Offered

  • Consultations for spider, varicose veins, and all vein problems
  • Diagnostic duplex ultrasounds to evaluate veins
  • Information about conservative management (compression hose, exercise, leg elevation)
  • Innovative, minimally-invasive procedures for treating spider veins and varicose veins
  • Office-based outpatient procedures including sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, and phlebectomy

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 with 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 that is routinely performed under local anesthesia in our office, usually in under 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.
  • Mechanochemical Ablation (Clarivein) - Minimally-invasive treatment of larger underlying veins that have damaged veins. It uses a small catheter which closes the vein from the inside using a combination of mechanical irritation using a rotating wire along with chemical irritation by injecting a medication. This procedure is performed in the office and does not even require local anesthesia.
  • 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.

Other conditions we treat include:

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

LABIAL/VULVAR VEINS

VARICOSE VEINS IN PREGNANCY

DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS

  • Minimally invasive endovascular treatment to improve symptoms and long-term outcome

PULMONARY EMBOLISM

  • Evaluation for IVC filter placement and retrieval

Our Physicians


Darren B. Schneider, MD
Chief, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Co-Director, Comprehensive Vein Program


Soo J. Rhee, MD
Co-Director, Comprehensive Vein Program

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