Who are we and how do we differ from other Vein Centers?
Expert Care: At the UNM Vein Center, ALL of our physicians are board certified vascular surgeons. This means you are getting the most experienced and specialized care by physicians who were specifically trained in vascular surgery.
Vein Treatment Services: Our center offers all-in-one-location care. Consultation, diagnosis with venous ultrasound, treatment of varicose and spider veins, and post-procedure follow up are all performed by physicians on-site. UNM Vein Center is dedicated to providing accessible, comprehensive, and most importantly, compassionate treatment.
Convenient Location: The UNM Vein Center is conveniently located in the Northeast Heights at the intersection of San Antonio and Wyoming. There is ample parking just outside our office.
Accessible: Our clinic hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. In the event of an emergency, a physician can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Hospital Care: If you have a vascular related emergency, our surgeons have operating and admitting privileges at New Mexico’s only Level I Trauma Center, UNM Hospital. This ensures that you will always receive the highest level of care needed whether it is in the hospital or in our conveniently located Vein Center.
Dr. Langsfeld came to UNM in 1991, after completing his general surgery residency at St Louis University, and then his vascular fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is a busy clinician, and greatly enjoys educating students and residents. He has won multiple teaching awards, including UNM Clinical Educator of the Year in 1994, and several Dept. of Surgery Educator of the Year Awards. He has been Chief of Vascular Surgery at UNM since 1997.
Dr. Langsfeld helped start the UNM Vein Center in 2010. He enjoys treating patients with venous disease as they experience the immediate relief of their symptoms, as well as a great improvement in the appearance of their legs.
Call 272-8346 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Langsfeld
Dr. John Marek
Dr Marek completed his medical school training at the University of Cincinnati and then moved to the southwest. He completed his general surgery training at the University of Colorado in 1993 and vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He and his wife Juliet then moved to Albuquerque in 1996 where he joined the vascular surgery division at UNM.
Dr Marek enjoys performing a broad spectrum of vascular open and endovascular procedures. He is a busy clinician but also values working with medical students and surgical residents. He has previously been twice awarded the annual resident teaching award. He is a member of a number of vascular surgery societies and is the current president of the Rocky Mountain Vascular Surgery Society. His research interests are in aneurysm disease and lower extremity endovascular and venous procedures. He spent last year doing a 1 year sabbatical at the University of Florence in Italy and worked with the vascular surgeons in Italy on many new endovascular techniques and devices.
Dr Marek and his wife enjoy enjoy raising their two children in New Mexico as well as skiing, horses, camping and traveling.
Call 272-8346 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. John Marek
Franki Safford-Langell, Practice Administrator
Franki was born in Albuquerque, NM. Being raised in a military family, she was able to experience living in various parts of the country growing up. She began her career in healthcare processing medical and dental claims in the early 1990’s. From there she worked as a Collection/Billing Specialist in 1999 for a small community pediatric office. She took a break from healthcare to raise her children from 2000 through 2008, working for the local school district. She moved on to Practice Operations with UNM Medical Group in early 2009 and earned her Medical Healthcare Billing Specialist Certification. She helped to get the UNM Vein Center practice started as part of UNMMG Practice Operations and became Practice Administrator in January 2009.
Susan Vigil, Patient Services Coordinator
Susan was born in Nashville Tenn., and grew up in Los Lunas NM. Susan spent most of her adult life as a stay at home mom, raising her three children. She will achieve her Associates of Science in Health Information Management in May 2013. She started in the health care field as a Patient Service Coordinator with First Choice Health Care. She came on board with UNM Medical Group in July 2012 and is very excited to finally feel at home while at work.
Claudia was born in La Habana, Cuba and grew up in Albuquerque, NM. She earned her Medical Assistant certificate in 2007. She worked in a primary care clinic for 6 years. Currently she is working at UNMMG Vein and Cosmetic Center. She is also currently attending CNM for her nursing degree. Claudia is fluent in Spanish and English. She has been married for 5 years and has 2 children.
Free Screenings for Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment
Diagnostic Venous Ultrasound - Duplex ultrasound uses painless, high-frequency waves higher than human hearing can detect. Your physician uses duplex ultrasound to measure the speed of blood flow and to see the structure of your leg veins. The test can take approximately 20 minutes for each leg. Besides showing varicose veins, duplex ultrasound may help your physician decide whether your varicose veins could be related to some other condition rather than the veins themselves.
Injectable Sclerotherapy for both Varicose and Spider Veins - During sclerotherapy, your physician injects a chemical into your varicose or spider veins. The chemical irritates and scars your veins from the inside out so your abnormal veins can then no longer fill with blood. Your body will eventually absorb the veins that received the injection.
Laser Treatment of Spider Veins – Using a hand piece that looks like a large pen with a wire attached, your physician places the tip directly on the skin over the vein. He then activates the laser several times along the length of the vein. The laser effectively closes the vein so that blood can no longer flow through. This decreases or completely gets rid of those purple/red veins.
Endovenous Laser Treatment – Endovenous Laser Treatment uses a tiny fiber that is placed in the vein through a catheter. The fiber sends out laser energy that kills the diseased portion of the vein, and the vein closes off.
Radiofrequency Ablation – Radiofrequency Ablation uses a thin, flexible tube called a catheter inserted into a vein in the leg. Tiny electrodes at the tip of the catheter heat the walls of the diseased vein and destroy it.
Microphlebectomy – Removal of large varicose veins through tiny incisions in the leg.
For additional information on chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins, please click on the following links to the Society for Vascular Surgery's website. There you can find information about the causes of venous problems, as well as symptoms of venous disease. In addition, these websites have diagrams and pictures illustrating treatment options for venous disorders.
UNM Vein Center strives to provide the most accessible Vein Care in the Albuquerque area. Patients can usually be scheduled within two weeks of requesting an appointment. Self Referrals can schedule an appointment by calling 505 272-8346 or by emailing UNMVeinCenter.org
Physicians can download our external referral form and fax to 505 272-3527 or call our office to fax you a copy of the form. UNM Vein Center will contact your patient within 3 business days to get them scheduled.
If you would like a referral pad and/or UNM Vein Center brochures for your practice, please contact Franki Safford-Langell at 505 272-3380