Norman Chideckel MD Vein Center

Welcome to the Vascular Surgery and Vein Center

Welcome to the Vascular Surgery and Vein Center, a comprehensive vascular practice providing state-of-the-art care to patients throughout the tri-state area. Under the direction of board-certified surgeon Dr. Norman Chideckel, we utilize our advanced skills and many years of experience to help patients achieve clear, beautiful and healthy legs.

With our convenient Manhattan location, Dr. Chideckel offers patients a wide range of services to treat varicose and spider veins, deep vein thrombosis, and other vascular conditions, including:

Dedicated to helping patients achieve their desired results through the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available, Dr. Chideckel and his staff take the time to talk with each individual patient and address any concerns or questions they may have before undergoing treatment. Your comfort and satisfaction are among our top priorities.

To learn more about the services provided by Dr. Chideckel, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We always welcome new patients and look forward to meeting you.

Vascular Surgery & Vein Center
161 Madison Avenue
Suite 9SE
New York, NY 10016

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Category Archives: Spider veins and pregnancy

Who Gets Varicose Veins?

Bleeding Varicose VeinsVaricose veins can be a challenge for anyone that has them. They can impact anyone, but tend to occur as people get older. If you are noticing the symptoms of varicose veins, such as dark purple or blue veins that appear to be bulging and twisted under your skin, then it may be time to get help from a varicose vein doctor. Some people are more likely to get these than others. However, if you feel that your veins are painful or uncomfortable, or they burn, throb, or otherwise cause cramping or discomfort, it’s important not to put off getting help for them.

Are You At Risk Of Varicose Veins?

Though they can occur in anyone, varicose veins are more common in some people. These are veins that return blood from the body to the heart. They are very important to your circulation as they bring blood back to the heart so it can be oxygenated and sent back through the body. When varicose veins occur, there’s a breakdown in that system and, in some cases, there’s the need to make repairs to this.

Telangiectasia Varicose VeinsOne of the most common reasons for developing varicose veins is simply getting older. As you age, your veins become less elastic. That means they stretch out more so than they did. This creates weakness in the veins. Blood can then flow backward from the normal route, causing this type of vein backup and bulging.

Another common cause of varicose veins is pregnancy. The increase in the volume of blood in your body during pregnancy will cause this to occur. That’s because the amount of blood flowing through your legs and pelvis is less than normal.

Other risk factors for developing varicose veins include:

  • Family history – If your family members have them it is more likely that you will develop them as well.
  • Obesity – Those who are overweight are more likely to develop varicose veins. The added pressure on the veins can cause them.
  • Sex – If you are female, you are more likely to develop this condition than men. This is often due to the change in hormones in the body.

If you have any of these symptoms or risk factors for developing varicose veins, it’s important for you to turn to the best varicose vein doctor in Manhattan, New York to schedule an appointment. There are treatment options available to help you.

Pregnancy and Varicose Veins

Doctor for varicose veins and preganancy p01It is not uncommon for a woman to develop varicose veins during pregnancy. These can present as small spider veins, or the larger size varicose veins. The reasons for this are multifactorial.

Firstly, the uterus enlarges as the fetus grows, causing an increased pressure on the lower extremities. This slows the venous blood flow return, and in combination with the head of the fetus pressing on the groin area, may cause the valves in the veins to break. As a result, the legs may swell, causing a heavy and tired feeling during the day.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Doctor for varicose veins and preganancy p03Sometimes the symptoms are so significant that even standing for short periods of time becomes difficult, necessitating the need to sit and elevate the legs, thus hampering the ability to carry out daily activities. This can occur during the first pregnancy, but becomes more of an issue with subsequent pregnancies.

Towards the end of the pregnancy the blood becomes hypercoagulable, or more likely to clot, as a protective mechanism to stop the uterus from bleeding after the birth of the baby. There are times that a blood clot may develop at that time, or even soon after delivery. Usually, these are superficial vein blood clots, which present as a red tender area over the track of the vein.

Spider Veins During Pregnancy

Doctor for varicose veins and preganancy p02 spider veins after pregnancySpider veins are most commonly the result of hormonal shifts that occurs during pregnancy. However they may also be the result of “leakage” from the larger varicose veins.

Most often, these varicose veins will resolve within three or four months after completion of the pregnancy, a little bit longer if you are breast-feeding. After that time, it is unlikely that further improvement will occur, and during the next pregnancy these varices will become worse.

How to Prevent Varicose and Spider Veins During Pregnancy

Fear not, all is not lost, there are things that you can do to help;

  • Keep active
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Exercise
  • Elevate your legs whenever possible
  • Support maternity pantyhose-this is probably the most important thing to do. The pantyhose uplift the lower abdomen, relieving the pressure of the enlarging uterus on the lower extremities. These should be started as soon as you know that you’re pregnant, even with the first pregnancy. The newer model stockings are sheerer while still maintaining adequate compression.

Despite all, sometimes these varicose veins remain. If that occurs, you should be evaluated by a vascular surgeon to determine the underlying problem, so that an appropriate management protocol can be established.

If you suffer from vein problems during or after pregnancy, contact Dr. Norman Chideckel, board certified vascular doctor and NYC’s leading expert in varicose veins.