Our board-certified vascular surgeons have specialized training in minimally invasive vein procedures. Using advanced techniques, the surgeons treat patients with VNUS closure procedure, injection sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy and venous stenting.
You can take the first step to healthier and more attractive legs by calling to schedule a consultation at (914) 848-8750. You will meet with one of our vascular surgeons or board-certified vascular physician assistant who will discuss your needs and concerns and provide information on the best surgical or non-surgical options for you.
Millions of American women, as well as men, develop varicose veins and can suffer from symptoms caused by them.
Our vascular practice at Westmed includes board-certified vascular surgeons who have expertise in diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of venous disease. Varicose veins may bulge out as a bluish clusters or rope-like areas just under the skin.
In addition to being unsightly, varicose veins can cause aching or cramping pains, swelling, burning, heaviness, or tenderness in the legs. Symptoms are made worse by prolonged standing or sitting. For women, pain can be worse at certain times in the menstrual cycle and during and after pregnancy.
After taking a history and examining your legs, your vascular surgeon may decide to order an ultrasound which will show whether the veins in your legs are affected with reflux.
The most common problem with varicose veins is reflux. Reflex happens when the valves in the veins malfunction, disrupting the normally one way flow of blood up your leg towards your heart. The blood then tends to fall down or pool in the leg, leading to swollen, painful bulging veins.
Superficial varicose veins can often be treated with radiofrequency ablation. This is a safe and effective office-based procedure which is done with a needle and a small tube that heats up the diseased vein and causes it to shrink and disappear. The pain is minimal and there is no scarring. The leg has many veins, and treatment of the diseased vein will have no negative impact on the blood flow in your leg.
Sclerotherapy for spider veins is a cosmetic treatment which involves injecting the veins with a tiny needle. This will cause the veins to shrink and fade away over time. Ask your vascular surgeon if this is a good treatment for you.
Deep Veins and Leg Swelling
Deep veins are underneath the muscles in the leg. They are responsible for the flow of blood from your leg back to your heart. Disease in deep veins can sometimes form, leading to problems such as clots which travel to the lungs, or various forms of leg swelling.
Our vascular lab can determine whether you have a blood clot or a defect in your veins which is causing the swelling. Sometimes another test called a venogram is necessary, which is done in our outpatient angiography suite. A vascular surgeon will insert a small tube into your vein in order to inspect it under x-ray to tell whether there is some narrow spot in the vein in your pelvis. Ask your doctor whether you are a candidate for this type of procedure.
Some patients have severe painful swelling and are candidates for a procedure called thrombolysis. This is a procedure done in the hospital during which your vascular surgeon inserts a small tube into your vein and uses a machine inject clot busting medication to dissolve any remaining clot and relieve the pain and swelling. Alternative treatment for blood clots include an IVC filter device which will catch any blood clots and prevent them from going to your lungs.
Chronic leg swelling can also occur for many reasons other than vein disease including problems with the heart, liver, kidneys and hormonal system. Our doctors can prescribe a variety of nonsurgical treatments for leg swelling such as compression stockings, unna boots, home lymphedema pumps or lymphedema therapy.