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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Are Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Many people want to treat varicose veins due to cosmetic reasons, but there are many more reasons apart from their unsightly appearance to treat these blemishes on your skin. Varicose veins that are left untreated can cause mild to severe symptoms, depending on the person, and can even become life-threatening.


If the tissues within the skin are swollen or inflamed for a long period of time, it may cause Lipodermatosclerosis, which is an inflammation of the subcutaneous fat. This usually occurs due to venous insufficiency, which is what varicose veins cause due to insufficient blood flow through the veins. The legs may feel sore and swollen and the tissue will feel hard around the leg. This can cause many other conditions such as edema.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

This is the most severe condition caused by varicose veins, hence why they should be treated. Many patients complaining of a “pulling sensation” in their leg and this is caused by a blood clot due to the build-up of blood in the vein. If this blood clot travels up further in the body, especially to the heart, lungs or brain, it can cause life-threatening injuries, as insufficient oxygen is delivered.


When varicose veins are left untreated for a long period of time, it can cause excess blood to leak into the tissues of the affected area. This will cause painful inflammation and swelling of the tissue and the skin can become discolored and dark. Once hyperpigmentation occurs on the skin, it can be hard to get rid of. Although usually medically harmless to the body, it can cause body confidence issues for many people.

Superficial Thrombophlebitis

Superficial Thrombophlebitis is another inflammatory condition caused by a blood clot in the veins beneath the skin. This affects the vein more than the surface of the skin, although the skin may become red around the affected area. The vein may feel very sensitive to touch, which can cause ongoing discomfort. Left untreated, this can cause other complications such as cellulitis, which is a skin infection caused by bacteria.

Leaving varicose veins untreated can cause many other problems within the veins and surrounding tissues. Many problems that occur are very similar and it can be hard to know which one you are suffering from.

Getting treated for varicose veins is always the safest option, so schedule an appointment with the best varicose vein doctor in NYC today.

Call us today at 212-993-6133 to schedule an appointment with the best Varicose vein treatment doctor in New York City.

Key Symptoms of Varicose Veins Not to Ignore 

varicose veinsWhen do varicose veins become more than just a problem to look at? In many men and women, these veins are not direct problems related to health. Some people can live most of their life with them and never feel any type of problem or ache from them. For others, the pain can be very intense and can lead to the inability to walk well. However, for everyone with varicose veins, it is very important to pay attention to the symptoms and to know when there are medical risks present.

Knowing the Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Some symptoms of varicose veins should be looked at closely by your medical doctor or a varicose veins specialist to determine if there is a need for improvement. These symptoms include the following:

  • HRC-SwollenFeetLeg-mainThe veins are large and protruding from the skin, which leads to uncomfortable aching or swelling in the leg.
  • There is swelling, often mild, that occurs in the legs, but most commonly in the ankles and the feet.
  • You have heavy legs. Your legs may feel painful or as if they are always aching.
  • Your legs may itch especially in the area surrounding the varicose vein.
  • You have discoloration present in the area of the varicose vein.

If you have clusters of varicose veins, which means the area has become more knotted and harder looking, it is important to seek out medical care from a varicose vein doctor. In addition to this, if you notice significant discoloration of any portion of your leg especially below the area of the varicose vein, seek medical help. This may indicate that the area is not getting the amount of level of oxygen necessary and it can lead to difficulty in organ tissue health.


Most importantly, a blood clot can form in these areas and these can be life threatening. Any sudden pain from the area or lower should not be ignored. In fact, if you have any exterior signs of distress, such as a scratched, irritated, or bleeding exterior of your skin, seek out medical care for the condition.

There is good news. Most types of varicose veins can be treated and you may be able to restore your overall quality of life while also reducing these common health risks. When you schedule a consultation with our Manhattan, New York varicose vein doctor, you’ll get answers to all of your questions.

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Supplements for management of varicose veins

Many patients have asked if there are supplements that I can use to get rid of and/or prevent varicose veins.

There has been much printed in the health press with regards to supplements for different medical issues, and this is also true for venous disease and varicose veins.

BestVaricoseVeinDoctorNYC1Flavonoids, a natural plant pigment, have been recommended as a way of preventing varicose veins. These can be found in the peel and white pith of citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, which are a great source of antioxidants. They are also found in berries; blueberries, and cranberries especially those that are darker and riper. Blackberries, black grapes, and bananas also are rich in flavonoids. With regards to vegetables, those that are of the green and red family contain flavonoids. The method of action is to strengthen vein walls making them less likely to rupture, as well as increasing venous tone, and reduce the possibility of pooling of blood flow in the veins. People who do not wish to go the natural route can take mineral supplements to accomplish the same goal: Hesperidin 50 mg per day and Diosmin 450 mg per day are reasonable options. It is unclear as to how long you can take the supplements without potential for risk, as these are not regulated by the FDA.

More recently there has been literature on the Internet with regards to Gotu Kola 60 mg a day to reduce progression of varicose veins, and strengthen the valves in the veins. The plant from which Gotu Kola comes from is found in the India, and South Africa. The American cancer Society has reported preliminary data that this works to reduce swelling of the lower extremities, and reduce leakage of the blood vessel walls, both of which reduce symptoms and presence of varicose veins. However, they recommend that this product usage requires further study.BestVaricoseVeinDoctorNYC2

BestVaricoseVeinDoctorNYC3Pycnogenol derived from the pine bark of a tree known as Pinus Pinaster, is yet another supplement which may help reduce leg pains, heaviness and fluid retention. The tablet may be derived from extracts of peanut skins, and grape seeds.

Horse chestnut extract has also been used as a natural supplement to improve venous circulation.

While these may have beneficial effects, in terms of trying to improve venous health, please remember that these supplements are not regulated by the FDA, and as such oversight is not watched correctly. People who are on medications for various medical issues, such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia should consult with their physician prior to adding any of the supplements into their daily regimen, as cross-reaction’s and drug incompatibility is a risk.

For questions about supplements or anything related to varicose veins, contact the top doctor for varicose veins in NYC, Dr. Norman Chideckel!


Travel tips for Vein Health

Vein health when traveling

As we are entering the Summer travel season, I would like to highlight a few thoughts with regards to maintenance of vein health while traveling.

varicose vein doctor nyc vein health when traveling p01Airplane travel poses a potential risk for venous thrombosis, or more commonly known as blood clots. This occurs due to the high altitude that the airplane takes, and even though the cabin is pressurized, this may cause the vein blood flow to thicken, leading to difficulty in recirculating to the heart. You can think of it as trying to drink a very thick milkshake through a straw. This increased thickness causes the blood cells to become sticky to the walls of the vein, which then can cause a clot. Other factors include sitting in a confined space in a narrow seat, limited movement, or keeping your legs dependent for long periods of time. Women using oral contraceptives, or hormone replacement therapy, are at a slightly higher risk.

How to prevent blood clots when flying

So what can you do to prevent blood clots; follow these guidelines.

  1. Keep well hydrated, drink plenty of nonalcoholic non-caffeinated beverages. Water is the best.
  2. Walk around as often as possible.
  3. Ankle pumping exercises will help in recirculating the blood flow.
  4. Support hose-this is probably the most important of all the options, as it physically squeezes the muscles of the foot and calf at all times allowing for more rapid venous blood flow return. To get the maximum benefit from the stockings, put them on prior to boarding the airplane. You can purchase these support hose at your local drug store chain or at the hosiery section of a department store.

How to prevent blood clots when driving

varicose vein doctor nyc vein health when traveling p02Driving long distances or long bus rides may also pose a risk of blood clots, and besides the above guidelines, I would suggest stopping every few hours and “stretching your legs”.

When should you be concerned?

  1. If you develop swelling of the legs soon after traveling.
  2. New onset of shortness of breath or chest pain. This may be as a result of a blood clot that has traveled to the lung, more commonly known as a pulmonary embolism.

If any of the symptoms occur –go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room as soon as possible for evaluation.

I hope that these pointers will be of help, and in the words of Benjamin Franklin “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

For any concern about your vein health, contact the best vein specialist in NYC, Dr. Chideckel.