If you have varicose veins or spider veins, you may find yourself in need of surgery. Vein surgery is not to be taken lightly, and if your specialist says this is the best way to remove the problem, then it is the appropriate route to take.

Often, vein surgery is not an option; it becomes a necessity if the varicose veins are seriously pronounced. In such cases, they are not simply a cosmetic issue, because veins of this magnitude can result in serious health problems.

What You Need to Remember

Vein surgery has evolved. It’s not like it was on your parents’ or even your grandparents’ time, and technology now plays a greater role in the development of treatments. The surgery you will face will be less invasive and more targeted. Due to such things as the Color Doppler Ultrasound, medical specialists can pinpoint the affected veins with greater accuracy.

The use of anesthetic, lasers, and other types of modern equipment reduces the overall pain and other issues common with the older techniques and equipment.

Basic Types of Varicose Veins Surgery

Surgery has always been a major option where vein diseases are concerned. When you require varicose vein treatments, you may be faced with one of several options. Among the most basic surgical techniques, you will discover the following methods or practices, some of which are modern variations of older approaches:

  • Endovenous Ablation Therapy (EVAT):

     As the name indicates, your doctor will utilize lasers (Endovenous Laser Ablation or ELA) or radio waves Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). These heat up and remove varicose veins. This type of procedure is the simplest.

  • Sclerotherapy:

     An older technique that has been in use since the 1930s, this type of surgery involves the injection of a chemical solution or irritant (sclerosants) into the veins that are affected. If air is added to the solution prior to injection, it is then known as Foam Sclerotherapy. Although the technique may leave scars, they fade soon after the treatment. However, the process of recovery for your legs may be slow and require the wearing of elastic compression stockings.

  • Ligation and Stripping:

    If you have severe varicose veins, you may undergo one of the older types of surgery commonly referred to as litigation and stripping. In medical terms, it is called high tie or saphenofemoral or saphenopopliteal ligation. It depends upon the location of the veins. The doctor will locate the affected vein. He or she will then cut and tie it off (litigation). Next, the vein is pulled out through a hole that is made by a second cut. Although still performed, this type is less common than other forms of surgery. In a more modern version, Ultrasound-guided tumescent anesthesia is utilized to not only locate the specific veins but also to minimize any possible discomfort from the process. Moreover, when a surgeon employs this method, he or she is able to reduce the overall amount of bleeding in the stripping track, the track that remains after the vein has been removed (stripped).

  • Phlebectomy:

     This form of vein surgery involves the use of a specially designed “hook.” First, the surgeon will create small incisions. Following this, he or she will insert a small hook. This hook removes the spider or varicose veins.

Choosing Vein Surgery

If your physician decides that vein surgery is necessary, be sure you understand what type he or she prefers. Talk to him or her about your options. Be sure you know what will occur and what follow-ups are required. By being aware of what is involved, you will be able to undergo the surgical procedure in a prepared state of mind.

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2333 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60618

773-231-9884

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Kenyetta B.
Kenyetta B.
16:27 15 Jan 20
If you suffer from rhoids (you know what I’m talking about!) just come here. They treat them with infrared laser to reduce the swelling and it helps tremendously. It’s a quick procedure and you’ll be feeling better soon after. Don’t walk around in silence. Yes it’s awkward but it’s better than... being in pain! I hope my review helps someone. I didn’t see any other reviews about them so thought I would help others out there. They do get busy so keep that in mind. Appointments are not always immediate. They were nice enough to squeeze me in one day on the same day basis because I was in so much pain. I’m very grateful for them.read more
Everz
Everz
21:50 08 Jan 20
Just had a wonderful experience at CVI. As a new patient, I learned so much from Paul. It is clear he loves his job, which makes the experience that much more positive. Dr. Sunje provided excellent care. I found the right place.
Lauren R.
Lauren R.
01:59 25 Oct 19
The tech and the doctors are very nice and they let you know right away whats going i am so happy they where able to give me good news
DEANNA C.
DEANNA C.
15:08 18 Sep 19
Dr. Sunje and his staff: Sandy/Vanessa- Receptionists; Cece, Paul, Madeline, Jackie, Vanessa, Joanna and Gabriela, are professional at what they do, respectively, yet personal in caring about my well being throughout the process. Each time I went, regardless of who was assisting with my outpatient... procedures, they were in tuned to making sure I was taken care of. Dr. Sunje called me on a Saturday to see how I was doing from an outpatient procedure I had completed the previous day. I look forward to my visits knowing that the best outcome will be achieved with Dr. Sunje and his staff.read more
Issa Lozada V.
Issa Lozada V.
21:55 17 Sep 19
My doc Cece was so nice and made me feel very welcomed. I asked for a specific, natural look and that’s exactly what I got. I had many questions and all of them were answered with full details. Her assistant Jazmine was so sweet and made me feel welcomed. I would definitely recommend! Every penny... was worth it. Quality service in all aspectsread more
Maiyah O.
Maiyah O.
01:31 30 Aug 19
This is the best vein clinic I have been to. Staff is very friendly and pleasant and Dr. Sunje gives you his undivided attention. I went for spider vein sclerotherapy on my legs and they did not only do an excellent job removing spider veins but also walked me through the steps of the procedure and... did a quick ultrasound to determine and explain the underlaying causes of my spider veins. I highly recommend this clinic to anyone with vein-related concerns on their legs.read more
Ula W.
Ula W.
15:10 11 Aug 19
I have been to the Chicago Vein Institute twice to see Lauren for lip fillers.I can't express just how happy I am with my results! She was able to create the exact shape and pout that I was looking for. Lauren is very gentle and precise with her work. Honestly, I'm hooked and cannot wait to go back... to see her again!read more
Emily R.
Emily R.
14:29 09 Aug 19
Great place! Staff is very courteous and pro at all levels.
Jeffrey J. P.
Jeffrey J. P.
22:15 07 Aug 19
I had such an amazing experience at the clinic. I had Dysport injections with Cecilia Lee and could not be happier with the results. She took excellent care of me and made me feel very comfortable with the procedure. Everyone I interacted with at the clinic was very professional and courteous. I... will certainly be returning. 😊read more
Todd F.
Todd F.
16:16 22 Jul 19
Amazing staff and very professional doctors, very clean clinic. I highly recommend this place.
Jehan T.
Jehan T.
17:13 17 Jul 19
Very nice and welcoming practice. Everyone is very nice and polite.
Marija S.
Marija S.
21:24 06 Jun 19
The staff, physicians, nurses, PAs, NPs and administrative support, are incredibly friendly, and show genuine concern for the patient. Physicians and nurses take their time, reviewing procedures with clients, and patiently answers questions. The level of competence is very high. I have been to a... lot of offices that offer medical and cosmetic procedures, but this is the absolute best I ever found, bar none. I recommended the Chicago Vein Institute to my friends, and will continue to do so. I wish I could give more than 5 points!read more
EstherSylvia F.
EstherSylvia F.
18:23 05 Jun 19
Very friendly and professional staff. Keep it up 👍
Ashour M.
Ashour M.
02:18 05 Jun 19
Very friendly staff and the doctor always has a smile on his face. Office is clean and modern, would recommend it to anyone. Plus the mints are good 😉
Elzbieta M.
Elzbieta M.
21:33 18 May 19
Wow this place is absolutely amazing. The staff and the doctors were so nice and very thorough with speaking to me about everything going on. I highly recommend this place. The doctor makes you feel like you're important and the staff and doctors listen to you. Facility was very clean. This is a... very good place if you want to come and be treated like family.read more
Tiffany Shadley Haul Kinda G.
Tiffany Shadley Haul Kinda G.
13:44 16 May 19
Very pleased with everyone. From the doctors to the ultrasound tec, and all the staff. I've been treated good, and my treatment was explained very well. Definitely recommend this place to anyone that is suffering with varicose veins. It is somewhat painful but worth it. I'm halfway with my... treatment and I already see the difference. The doctor is very caring and helpful he takes his time to call his patients afterwards to make sure that your doing good.read more
Gaby F.
Gaby F.
13:51 12 Mar 19
It is so nice to see my legs without veins thanks the Chicago Vein Institute team.
Magda G.
Magda G.
22:22 08 Mar 19
They are very professional
ESTHER V.
ESTHER V.
01:03 13 Feb 19
The people here are such beautiful, very vibrant people. Everyone is so consistent in how they treat me and are very welcoming to all. I sometimes go in earlier than my appointment time just to enjoy the environment.
Cynthia K.
Cynthia K.
17:47 11 Jan 19
I have been to so many places with my legs and there is no one better than doctor Sunje. My legs never felt & looked better before. I have amazing results and I don't have enough words to thank dr Sunje. He is a miracle doctor and I want to say to everybody out there having vein issues like me,... please don't waste your time in other clinics how I did before I discovered Chicago Vein Institute. We are so lucky to have a specialist like dr Sunje in Chicago! I also want to thank the stuff at Chicago Vein Institute. Everybody is always super friendly & nice!Thank you so much from your super happy customer!!!!read more
Natalia L.
Natalia L.
18:31 08 Nov 18
My mom did both of her legs for varicose veins and Cece has done a tremendous job, she is very talented and very caring. We are very satisfied with the service staff as well, don’t know all the name but Mona Lisa was very helpful. Glad we choose this place. Cece you are the best, we love you.
David B.
David B.
00:38 12 Oct 18
I am very happy with my overall experience here, at Chicago Vein Institute. I have gone to other places before and never have gotten such deligent service!!!
malgorzata T.
malgorzata T.
17:42 26 Sep 18
I went to the Chicago Vein Institute to address some issues with lines on my forehead and around my eyes. Dysport was recommended to me by Cecilia and I couldn’t be happier! It really softened and smoothed the lines. I’m addicted now!:)
Cara S.
Cara S.
20:31 11 Sep 18
I would recommend this place to anyone....since the first time i came...they attended me in a timely manner...all the M.A are very nice especially one in particular Ms Mona...she is very nice....great beside manner...the whole staff is wonderful cant say nothing bad..love it.
Elsa J.
Elsa J.
18:01 23 Aug 18
The Staff at CVI are professional and caring. They remember me from 4 years ago and explain everything I need to keep my legs healthy!
Karin B.
Karin B.
19:12 21 Aug 18
I’m very pleased with excellent service at Chicago Vein Instiute.Both Doctors and staff are very kind, professional, knowledgeable and caring. Being polish, I appreciate being able to communicate in my native language with polish staff- Gabriela, Magda and Pawel. They will answer all of your... questions, and make you feel very comfortable. I’m still undergoing treatment for my varicose veins and already feeling much better. Go see them! You will not be disappointed!read more
Zofia K.
Zofia K.
20:08 20 Aug 18
Chicago vein clinic is amazing wonderful staff very professional very friendly. I would definitely refer them to all of my friends. The best Dr. M Sunje .
Gemma G.
Gemma G.
02:12 11 Aug 18
The experience that I have with Chicago vein clinc . No words best place ,, best employees and the best.,, Cici and Dr Susni !!!! I had already recommended some of friends.. When you have a roll model you have it all ❤️!! Blessings for all Maria
Ariana A.
Ariana A.
20:33 10 Aug 18
This is the best clinic and staff, so far I’ve been doing great in every of my doctor appointments they have high quality service focussed in their customers
Chio G.
Chio G.
22:14 09 Aug 18
Employees at this vein clinic are very professional I really like Laura, Cece, and Mona they made my experience very comfortable. I’m looking forward to continue my journey to better health and beauty.
Angela G.
Angela G.
19:31 09 Aug 18
Love them! Everyone is very nice.
Melissa H.
Melissa H.
23:43 02 Aug 18
I had an excellent experience, I had vein treatments with no pain at all , doctors and staff are wonderful , professional.. They make me feel comfortable, not afraid . I will highly recommend this place to family and friends, best place ever! Thank you chicago vein institute....
Maria C.
Maria C.
19:13 02 Aug 18
I had my first laser hair removal treatment a few weeks ago with Shari. From the moment I walked in she (and the entire staff) made me feel completely at ease with her professional, polite demeanor and her extensive knowledge of the process. I was nervous to say the least. I had heard procedures... like this could be painful, but she did absolutely everything she could to make me feel comfortable and confident in the process. I still have 5 more sessions to go but Im still completely amazed at the progress they already made in one treatment. Shari took the process from something I had great anxiety about, to something I am actually looking forward to.Most of all I was impressed with her immediate email followup when I arrived home. You just don't see things like that too often. She seemed genuinely interested in how I was feeling and my experience overall. She took the time to answer all of my followup questions also which was beyond refreshing. I am so thankful there are professionals out there that take their job seriously and consider the patients feelings in everything they do. I would definitely refer them to all of my friends!read more
Nichole J.
Nichole J.
00:40 28 Apr 18
I highly recommend the Chicago Vein Institute! They made me feel so comfortable with their welcoming staff and incredibly knowledgeable assistants and doctors. Dr. Sunje is the best in his field and I feel so very fortunate to have been treated by him and his staff. Besides being a perfectionist... at what he does, he is also warm, welcoming and thoughtful! The two procedures I had were endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy. I walked away from each procedure with little to no discomfort. I followed all the pre-and post care instructions and so I am healing very well. I honestly cannot thank the staff and doctors enough for making this experience as easy as they did. Thank you to Dr. Sunje, Richard, Paul and Sarah! The Dream Team!read more
Dawn B.
Dawn B.
23:03 19 Apr 18
Great place to have your vein issues treated.If I could I'll give this place a million stars,but reviews highest you can give is just five stars. I had my treatment done at this facility two years ago and the results and outcome have being phenomenal.The staff is very... knowledgeable,friendly,compassionate and very accommodating.The minute you walk in the facility you will feel welcome and appreciated. I am very happy I did what I did and that I chose the right place to do so.read more
Jose C.
Jose C.
19:00 06 Apr 18
Chicago vein clinic is amazing wonderful staff very professional very friendly they make you feel so comfortable and dr.sunje the best thanks to him my legs look great and I feel amazing I recommend dr.sunje and his staff 100%
Wendy P.
Wendy P.
04:03 23 Mar 18
I’ve been coming to this place with my gramma for her treatments and she is very satisfied with results.People working here are always so nice and helpful.Dr Sunje is always bringing smile on her face and relief for her legs 😉👍🏻I’m recommending Chicago Vein Institute 100%... ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️read more
Natalia B.
Natalia B.
15:03 20 Mar 18
coming in to this vein clinic is the best thing that i have done in the last 5 yrs because i have been in pain with my both legs For tHat long.The doctors and the assistants were very professional and very nice. They tell you every step of the way what they gonna do. They make you feel comfortable... and not afraid. So thank you.read more
Rey E.
Rey E.
23:50 27 Feb 18
Excellent experience with Dr.Sunje and the staff. Highly recommend dr Sunje and Chicago Vein Institute.
Branko R.
Branko R.
13:41 25 Feb 18
My doctor and the staff here are wonderful!!! After 19 years of no one knowing how to fix the swelling, pain and numbness in my legs, I was referred here. After spending 15 minutes with me, Dr. M. Sunje diagnosed and executed a care plan. He gave me my dancing legs back with barely any pain. I'm... back teaching and dancing. I LOVE THE CHICAGO VEIN INSTITUTE!!! I completed my last procedure today!!! 5 stars just isn't enough. Thank you for giving me back my dance and my mobility!!!read more
Tina J.
Tina J.
21:50 22 Feb 18
great staff great doctors they explained in detail everything concerning my procedure definitely very knowledgeable kind and patient very satisfied!!
raquel H.
raquel H.
18:37 01 Feb 18
I have never had a better experience at a doctor's office! The front desk staff was fantastic! They were kind, understanding and extremely helpful. All of my questions were answered and my trepidation were quickly eased. The doctor and the medical staff were also INCREDIBLE! I was welcomed with a... warm smile by everyone. Dr. Sunje was so kind and knowledgeable. He was able to answer every single one of my questions and instilled in me such a sense of assurance and security. These sorts of professionals are hard to come by and I am so happy to have had this wonderful experience. I HIGHLY recommend the Chicago Vein Institute and I would give them 10 stars if I could!!!read more
Irma K.
Irma K.
14:52 24 Jan 18
I love the doctors there and the staff is awesome they take you in and you're treated like family,I don't know what I would have done without them.I thank the FATHER for placing Doc into my life at a point where I was ashamed of my legs, now they have a ways to way but I'm so happy. Dr.Sunja you're... heaven sent !!!!keep up the amazing work (MANY BLESSINGS GUYS)read more
vanessa P.
vanessa P.
19:15 19 Nov 17
I can't thank the entire staff enough for everything. I had two pregnancies in my early 20's back to back and developed varicose veins. I was extremely insecure and in severe pain. I tried everything to cover it up with make-up, airbrush, and tanning. I tried just about every home remedy nothing... worked. I am so grateful to Cici for making me feel confident she is so great at what she does. And to Dr. Sunje for relieving me from the pain. I can have my kids sit on my lap now with no pain or discomfort at all. My legs feel and look so much better. Everyone works so hard to make you feel comfortable. I wouldn't trust going anywhere else.read more
Summer A.
Summer A.
00:35 19 Nov 17
Excellent staff,always very professional and courteous,I would and have recommended this practice to all my family and friends.
Stuart O.
Stuart O.
22:41 13 Oct 17
The staff it's very friendly and professional.
Addy C.
Addy C.
14:35 13 Oct 17
I'm very satisfied with this company and the staff. They make me feel comfortable and explain the percedures there gonna be doing on me. I would recommend there differently to other's that have varicose vain like myself.
Leo Z.
Leo Z.
22:23 07 Sep 17
excellent people with excellent experience
Francisco O.
Francisco O.
19:21 23 Aug 17
Easily the best medical experience I have had due to knowledgeable, cordial staff and a modern, relaxed office design.
Phillip J.
Phillip J.
16:54 18 Aug 17
I have the greatest compliments for Dr. Sunje and staff at Chicago Vein Institute. My leg symptoms have improved significantly. I no longer feel the cramps and aching pain I experienced for years before treatment. Dr. Sunje and staff did a great job and were very professional and courteous along... the way. read more
Nihad L.
Nihad L.
19:19 13 Jun 17
I was having leg cramps every night and I came to Chicago Vein Institute and was educated on the vein disorder I was dealing with. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Dr. Sunje treated my veins and now I don't live with leg cramps anymore and can even wear shorts! Many thanks to him and his... staff.read more
Alan C.
Alan C.
17:19 10 Mar 17
Wonderful ! Great experience with dr. Sunja and office staff. Easy to schedule appointment, very clean office which I really liked, office staff very friendly especially Natasha the nurse who was extremely nice every time and made my fears go away. I had lasers, phlebotomy and sclerotherapy on both... my legs and all I can say it was done with no pain for me at all!Extremely happy with the results!Highly recommended to everyone!read more
Ema
Ema
02:49 18 Feb 17
After having three children, I thought I wasn't going to be able to use skirts anymore I'm so glad I found Vein Institute Dr Sunje and his team were excellent, Dr Sunje is very caring and highly skilled, it has been three years that I had the vein treatment to this date my legs look and feel great,... without hesitation I highly recommend Dr Sunje and his profesional friendly team.read more
Viviesro 0.
Viviesro 0.
18:39 07 Feb 17
I am highly satisfied with the treatment I had at this clinic and my legs feel amazing!!!! The providers are wonderful and especially Dr Sunje with his patient-oriented approach that made me feel assured and comfortable before, during and after each procedure.
Monika M.
Monika M.
19:15 02 Nov 16
Dr. Mensur Sunje is an extremely caring and highly skilled medical professional, specializing in the field of internal medicine, varicose vein disorders, phlebotomy, and beyond. He explains medical condition(s) in detail, conducts timely follow ups with his patients, and carefully listens and... answers any questions. Aside from his expertise and professionalism, he is also a very pleasant and giving individual, sensitive to his patient’s needs. During my ongoing varicose veins treatment, I have developed the highest level of respect and trust in Dr. Sunje and his decisions. I can attest that my yearlong treatment has been a success and I feel relieved, rejuvenated, and confident. In addition, I can honestly say that I found the entire staff to be amazing! It has been my great pleasure to know all of them. I highly recommend this facility.Merima Pehlivanovicread more
Merima P.
Merima P.
01:42 02 May 16
I have been going to the Chicago Vein Institute for a couple of years now. The Dr's are very knowledgeable and explain the procedures before they start treatment. I always get a follow up call to see how I'm doing. They really do care. The STAFF are the BEST . They are one of the main reasons I... come back. Always greeting you with a smile and taking care of all your concerns. I highly recommend them.Sylvia Gread more
Sylvia G.
Sylvia G.
19:48 27 Apr 15
The best Best Doctor, Best Clinic, Best Service, Best Support.HIghly recommend ! The Tip of the World.
Cooper R.
Cooper R.
23:09 25 Apr 15
My right leg was giving me trouble and was constantly swelling. My doctor referred me to the Chicago Vein Institute. I was amazed at the wonderful concern and care that was given to me and my problem. The doctor and staff were always accommodating and efficient. My problem was diagnosed and... treatment was painless. I am forever grateful to all the people and would recommend anyone with a problem with their veins, go and seek treatment. Hats off to all at the Institute!!read more
robloxman 8.
robloxman 8.
19:46 24 Apr 15
Dr. Mensur O. Sunje is a wonderful doctor! He did a great job, was helpful in explaining all the procedure, and followed up with me the next day after all the procedures I had( and they were many) . I would recommend Dr. Sunje to anyone.I had really bad varicose veins in my both legs and it... started like long ago and they kept getting worse. I had treatments done for my varicose veins and the results were amazing. I have much more nice legs now, than a year ago, thanks to the Vein institute. The Staff is very helpful, nice, and professional. They covered all my worries. Thank you so much for the work they do.read more
jThuggNation
jThuggNation
18:57 24 Apr 15
Dr. Mensur O. Sunje is wonderful! He did a great job, was helpful in explaining the procedure, and followed up with me the next day (on the weekend!). I would recommend Dr. Sunje to anyone.
Laura A. W.
Laura A. W.
11:53 24 Apr 15
I started seeing tiny red spider veins in my legs during my first pregnancy, and they kept getting worse. I had treatments done for my varicose veins and it wasn’t painful at all. I felt right at home when going to my treatments. The Staff is very helpful, nice, and professional. They covered... all my worries and they cured all my varicose veins. I’m not ashamed anymore how my thighs look when I wear shorts. My legs feel lighter and do not hurt anymore. I wish I had done this sooner! I recommend, without hesitation, the physicians and staff at Chicago Vein Institute. read more
Elizabeth H.
Elizabeth H.
14:40 17 Jun 14
My enormous "THANK YOU" TO DR SUNJE who helped me to avoid a surgery that i had always thought was the only solution in my case. I was suffering from internal hemorrhoid for more than a year. An attempt to heal it out myself with the help of ointments led me to a shameful failure. The overuse of... hydrocortisone creams for a long period of time resulted in worsening of my condition dramatically. Fortunately, i got into good hands. Besides the progressive healing results of my "big time problem" i've experienced a warm atmosphere of clinic staff, an outstanding professionalism and humanistic attitude of Dr Mensur O Sunje, It's worthless to suffer from an issue than can be taken care of promptly with successful results!!!!!!THANK YOU VERY MUCHread more
Oksana T.
Oksana T.
04:05 13 Apr 13

Chicago Vein Institute is a practice solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases. The experts at CVI perform the latest and most effective treatments for painful varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein-related disorders. CVI offers minimally invasive treatment options, including Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, Surface Sclerotherapy, Elastic Compression Stockings and wound care for venous ulcers, performing more than 8,000 vein-related procedures annually. Visit our sister brand, Chicago Cosmetic Institute, offering a full array of medical spa services including CoolSculpting, Liposuction, Botox, chemical peels and more.

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