Vein Services

Running womanVein specialists serving Central New York in Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads

With over 70 years of combined experience, we specialize in the treatment of veins by improving comfort and confidence for those suffering from swollen, bulging, unsightly, and painful veins.

Vein services include the treatment of:


Minimally Invasive Surgery, Sclerotherapy, and Laser Therapy


Venous Leg Ulcers, Phlebitis, Chronic Leg Swelling, Difficult
and Recurrent Venous Problems

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ClariVein®IC is a specialty infusion catheter with a rotating wire tip designed for the controlled 360-degree dispersion of physician-specified agents to the targeted treatment area. The ClariVein®IC is fully disposable, minimally invasive, and can be efficiently used in an office setting.

The ClariVein®IC device is a thin catheter (tube) that your doctor temporarily inserts into the peripheral vasculature through a pin-sized entrance point. ClariVein®IC is several times smaller than other devices used in peripheral vascular treatments allowing the entrance point to be smaller.

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ClariVein vein treatment offered in all Central New York locations: Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads.

The VenaSeal™ closure system reduces discomfort and recovery time.1-4  Only one needle stick of numbing medicine is required during the procedure, and no compression stockings are required afterward.*

*Some patients may benefit from the use of compression stockings post-procedure.

Faster Recovery – Patient Comfort The VenaSeal™ closure system is designed to allow rapid return to normal activities3

Demonstrated Results The VenaSeal™ closure system is designed to reduce recovery time.  Many patients return to normal activity immediately after the procedure.  Your doctor can help you determine when you can return to normal activity.

VenaSeal vein treatment offered in all Central New York locations: Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads.

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat both varicose and spider veins. With minimal to no discomfort (reported by most patients), a tiny needle is inserted into the vein to inject small amounts of sclerosing solution. The solution causes the injected vein to close up or sclerose. Typically these closed veins will gradually be reabsorbed by the body and disappear. Sclerotherapy relieves symptoms due to varicose and spider veins in most patients. The procedure is performed in the office, in sessions that last approximately 15-20 minutes. The number of sessions required will depend on the extent of veins present. Slight bruising and some pigmentation may occur, but usually resolve within a few weeks or month.

Sclerotherapy vein treatment offered in all Central New York locations: Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads.

This form of sclerotherapy is done under visualization with an ultrasound system.  It gives the doctor access to veins which are difficult to locate, while keeping the procedure non-surgical.

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy vein treatment offered in all Central New York locations: Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads.

This procedure is utilized for the treatment of ‘spider veins’ and small to moderate varicose veins. It usually requires between five and ten sessions to inject all affected areas. Done in the office, a sclerosing solution is injected into the veins with a very small gauge needle. The solution causes the vein to sclerose (close off) and disappear. Blood normally passing through that vein will re-route itself, usually through deeper circulation. Tolerated extremely well, most patients report minimal to no discomfort.  Pressure bandages are then applied and worn for approximately 24 hours. Normal activities may be resumed with the exception of strenuous exercise and anything which may wet the bandages.

Injection Sclerotherapy vein treatment offered in all Central New York locations: Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads

The largest varicose veins associated with extensive valvular dysfunction and multiple points of reflux occasionally require surgical intervention.  Fortunately, with the development of an advanced microsurgical technique called ambulatory phlebectomy, this can be performed in a minimally invasive fashion.  This is done through tiny incisions that generally do not require stitches, allowing for a very fast recovery and early return to normal activities.  It does not require hospitalization and is performed in office or the adjacent ambulatory Surgicare Center.

Vein surgery treatment offered in all Central New York locations: Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads

We are pleased to provide the most recent technology for the treatment of varicose veins.  An alternative to surgery, ELVT, is a minimally invasive laser closure.  Valve failure in this large vein ascending from the knee to the upper inner thigh is largely responsible for the formation of the bulging varicosities frequently seen in the lower leg.

The procedure can be done in the office under local anesthesia.  A special laser-tipped fiber is passed through a small catheter inserted into the greater saphenous vein.  As the laser is activated, the resulting heat at the tip causes a reaction in the walls of the vein causing them to stick together.  The varicosities associated with this vein then disappear as blood from the lower leg reroutes through the deeper circulation.

At most, a small incision of only a few millimeters length is made to insert the catheter.  Because there are no large incisions or general anesthesia to recover from, normal activities can be resumed soon after ELVT, including driving and exercise.  A consultation with our doctors will determine whether ELVT right for you.

EndoLaser Venous Therapy offered in all Central New York locations: Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads

Examples of Vein Treatment by Our Practice

Spider veins and many large varicose veins can now be treated without surgery or downtime from work or play with advanced services by Vein and Laser Center.

Below are few examples of before and after results that we see at our office:

Endovenous Laser – Microsurgery (ELVS)


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VNUS Closure® is a minimally invasive alternative to vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins and its common underlying cause, venous reflux. Instead of surgically removing the diseased vein, the closure procedure delivers radio frequency (RF) energy via a catheter to the vein, which shrinks in the heat and eventually closes. Anesthetic saline solution is also injected to numb the area, squeeze blood from the vein and protect surrounding tissue. Ultrasound imaging is used to locate the treatment site, guide the catheter and confirm that the vein has been fully closed.

After the procedure, blood is naturally re-routed through other healthier veins in the body. Closure offers benefits such as faster treatment and recovery time, less discomfort during and after the procedure, and little or no scarring, bruising or swelling. Closure can be performed under local or general anesthesia in as little as 45-60 minutes.

Radio Frequency Closure vein treatment offered in all Central New York locations: Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads

The procedures made readily available by having the latest state of the art equipment on the premises to treat the smaller veins called telangiectasias that occur in the face and legs. Through the use of laser treatments we are able to facilitate the removal of facial veins, spider veins, varicose veins, age spots and dark spots truly convenient. The light energy is specifically absorbed by the vein which is being treated, “erasing” it. Treatment may be combined with sclerotherapy for best results. Patients can usually resume normal activity immediately since it is a virtually painless office procedure, requiring no hospitalization.

Laser vein treatment offered in all Central New York locations: Ithaca, Vestal and Horseheads