Thank you for your using Metro Vein Centers by referring your patients.
Opened in 2006, Metro Vein Centers is a national leader in minimally-invasive treatments of Venous Insufficiency and its consequences: Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, Stasis Dermatitis, and Venous Ulcers.
Metro Vein Centers counts 15 offices:
New York: Forest Hills, White Plains, the Bronx, Yonkers (opening in December), Downtown Brooklyn (opening in January), Long Island (opening in January)
Michigan: Clinton Township, Dearborn, West Bloomfield, Canton, Rochester Hills.
New Jersey: Florham Park, Hackensack.
Texas: Sugarland, Clear Lake, The Woodlands.
At Metro Vein Centers, our patients choose us for a variety of reasons:
- Our patients are always treated by a physician who is employed full-time with us. All of our local doctors in New York are surgeons or vascular surgeons.
- In-network with all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.
Patients often come to us experiencing the following symptoms:
- Bulging veins raised above the skin surface
- Swelling, ache, fatigue or heavy feeling in legs
- Night cramps or restless feeling in legs
- Burning or throbbing veins
Symptoms of Venous Disease
Understanding the symptoms of venous disease is key to being able to make successful referrals. See below for a visual exploration of the main symptoms associated with venous disease.
Patient’s legs show enlarged, bulgy, sinuous veins.
Patient’s legs show small red-blueish web-like veins at the surface of the skin.
Patient’s lower legs and/or ankles are swollen, especially at the end of the day.
The skin on patient’s lower legs and/or ankles is discolored (brownish or blueish hue).
The skin on patient’s lower legs and/or ankles becomes hardened and discolored.
Patient’s lower legs and/or ankles show non-healing wounds or ulcer.
Treatments for Venous Disease
Metro Vein Centers uses only safe, conservative treatment techniques to guarantee patient safety and satisfaction.
RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION (RFA)
- In the early 2000s, minimally invasive thermo-ablation techniques became the standard of care for venous insufficiency.
- During thermo-ablations, a catheter is inserted into the vein emitting a high energy source which results in vein collapse and closure.
- The body then naturally absorbs the dead tissue and the blood flow is rerouted to healthy veins.
- The radiofrequency catheter delivers a 120°C beam.
ENDOVENOUS LASER ABLATION (EVLA)
- Endovenous Laser Ablation is the other major thermo-ablation technique.
- RFA and EVLA follow the same operating protocol.
- The laser fiber delivers a heat beam reaching up to 700°C.
- Numerous studies demonstrated similar closure rates for RFA and EVLA.
- Sclerotherapy induces vein wall damage in a controlled fashion by injecting a sclerosant foam (polidocanol or sodium tetradecyl sulfate) into the vein. This results in fibrosis in the vessel and obliteration of the varicose vein.
- Sclerotherapy is appropriate for the treatment of smaller vessels and spider veins. At Metro Vein Centers, this technique is only used as a complement to thermo-ablations for the treatment of superficial veins.
- Phlebectomy consists in the removal of superficial diseased vessels through multiple tiny incisions.
- It is performed under local anesthesia.
- This technique is used at Metro Vein Centers to treat smaller veins as a complement to thermo-ablations of the large varicose veins.
Before & After Photos
Prevention Through Lifestyle Changes
In the 5 to 10 years following successful treatment, new veins can become diseased and require treatment. In order to prevent new varicose veins, we encourage patients to:
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods without taking a break. When sitting, avoid crossing your legs. Keep legs raised when sitting, resting, or sleeping.
- Physical activities to get legs moving and improve muscle tone. This helps blood move through the veins.
- If overweight, weight loss is advisable. This will improve blood flow and ease the pressure on the veins.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially those that are tight around your waist, groin (upper thighs), and legs. Tight clothes can sometimes worsen varicose veins.
- Avoid wearing high heels for long periods. However, lower heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles. Toned muscles help blood move through the veins.