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More than 80 million people in the United States suffer from venous disorders – 40 million suffer from varicose veins. Veins have one-way valves that help keep blood flowing in the proper direction, from the lower extremities back to the heart. If these valves malfunction, blood can flow backwards and pool in the vein, causing it to stretch and damage other healthy valves.

These enlarged blood vessels fall into three groups: varicose veins, reticular veins, and spider veins (telangiectasias). Spider veins are visible on the surface of the skin as red, blue or purple lines. Varicose veins are larger and deeper and often look like bluish bumps under the skin.

Let’s face it. The routines to cover up those embarrassing veins are a daily struggle. And what they are trying to tell you could be more than just ‘skin deep’. The fact is unsightly spider and varicose veins are symptoms of circulatory failure, a more serious underlying medical condition. As are fatigue, rough skin, cramps and restless legs that only get worse with time.

At Chicago Vein Institute, our board-certified physicians specialize in treating vein disease utilizing the latest minimally-invasive techniques.

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, dark blue or purple blood vessels. They often look like twisted cords, and usually appear on the calves, inside of the legs, and ankles. Symptoms associated with varicose veins include pain, heaviness, fatigue, burning, swelling, cramping, throbbing and restlessness. See our Varicose Vein page for information regarding varicose vein treatments and give us a call today to schedule your consultation with Chicago’s preeminant vein doctors. Insurance may even cover your veins so you can stop covering them up.

What are Skin Ulcers

Skin Ulcers are a very serious condition and typically require prompt attention to reverse the effects and prevent further damage to the skin and leg. A skin ulcer is caused by a disorder called venous stasis ulcers. One of the warning signs that a venous stasis ulcer is about to occur is a rapid darkening of the skin around the ankle or foot. Over time, the skin may take on leathery or wax-like qualities. Eventually, the skin will breakdown completely if the problem isn’t treated. Learn more about the causes and risk factors of vein disease.

I don’t see any red or purple vessels or any bumps. Could I still have vein disease?

Yes. Physical examination and complete color Doppler ultrasound can detect problems with blood vessels that aren’t visible otherwise. Ruling out an underlying medical condition, which is critical to getting to the issue of swollen, red, restless legs, that will only continue to get worse over time and lead to more serious medical conditions.

What are the benefits and risks associated with Color Doppler Ultrasound?

Benefits

  • Ultrasound scanning provides clear and more concise images than x-rays or various other imaging methods.
  • Venous ultrasound can detect blood clots in the veins, and thus can help prevent the onset of a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that is dislodgedand flows to the lungs), a much more serious condition that is treatable if caught early.
  • Ultrasound scanning is an inexpensive and widely available method of imaging. The procedure is quick, pain-free, and the body is not exposed to any radiation. In addition, an ultrasound is completely non-invasive.
  • The procedure may be repeated as often as is necessary without risking patient health.

Risks

  • There are no known risks associated with ultrasound imaging – sonography has no harmful effect on humans.
What is Sclerotherapy?

Please visit our cosmetic sclerotherapy page page for more information on sclerotherapy.

What is Endovenous Laser Treatment and which vein conditions is it used to treat?

Please visit our EVLA page for more information on Endovenous Laser Treatment.

Is Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy different?

Please visit our medical sclerotherapy page for more information on ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider Veins or telangiectasias, are small, thin, blood vessels visible beneath the top layers of skin. They appear most commonly on the face, thighs, and feet, and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or a spider- or web-like shape with a dark center. Although usually considered only a cosmetic problem, spider veins can show symptoms of a burning sensation or a dull, throbbing pain, and can lead to varicose veins and other serious complications. See our Spider Vein page for information regarding the treatment of spider veins.

What is Venous Insufficiency

As your arteries move nutrient rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body, veins consisting of periodic valves carry blood back to your heart to complete the circulatory system.  These valves are responsible for preventing blood from flowing backwards in your veins. Venous insufficiency occurs when your veins struggle to send blood from your limbs back to the heart, causing blood to pool in the veins in your legs.

Several factors can cause venous insufficiency, though it’s most commonly caused by blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) and varicose veins. Even if you have a family history of venous insufficiency, there are simple steps you can take to lower your chances of developing the condition.

Symptoms include fatigue, aching, itching, burning, throbbing, cramping, restlessness, and heaviness. Managing these symptoms and the daily routines to cover up unsighlty veins can be a daily struggle you don’t have to put up with anymore.

What is an ultrasound and do I really need an ultrasound even for spider veins?

In general terms, ultrasound is an imaging method that uses sound waves reflecting off of the tested area of the body to create an image. The created image provides important information to the doctor, and assists in diagnosis and treatment. The created images are captured in real time, and provide “video” of internal tissues and organs in their normal environment. Ultrasound scanning provides clear and more concise images than x-rays or various other imaging methods. At Chicago Vein Institute, our Registered Vascular Technologist performs a complete color Doppler ultrasound of the deep and superficial venous systems. With the ultrasound, we can see veins smaller than a millimeter. The ultrasound is used look for blood clots in the lower circulatory system, identify any trouble areas, and provide information on the severity of the condition. Your initial visit, which includes a medical history exam and the venous ultrasound procedure, usually takes 1½ to 2 hours. The Ultrasound procedure itself is usually less than 1 hour, and is generally painless.

Please visit our Color Doppler Ultrasound page for more information.

What are compression stockings and why would I need to wear them?

Compression stockings are generally the first method of treatment patients use before they undergo more intensive/invasive treatments. They are meant to be worn all day, applying permanent pressure to the blood vessels in the leg, which helps the blood flow back up to the heart more easily. Aside, from being used as preventative aid, compression stockings should also be worn after more intensive treatments. This ensures that the blood is redistributed to the remaining blood vessels quicker, as well as speed up recovery time. Properly fitted compression stockings can help temporarily reverse the effects of vein disease, as well as lessen discomfort and skin damage. Compression stockings are available in a variety of colors, styles and strengths.

What are my risk factors for developing vein disease and what can I do about it?

Learn more about the causes and risk factors below.

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Adriana F.
Adriana F.
02:36 04 Dec 20
Great and friendly staff! 💖
Mersija F.
Mersija F.
18:53 12 Nov 20
I love Dr. Sunje and his staff! At Chicago Vein Institute, everyone is professional and values patient care and satisfaction. This place is state of the art (clean, latest technology and welcoming environment). I would highly recommend Chicago Vein Institute to anyone even thinking about vein... treatment. Stop in for an evaluation. You never know...if may change your life!read more
Mary T.
Mary T.
10:52 25 Sep 20
I been a customer since July and I do reccomend this place to everyone. I have had the most amazing experience with Shari and Lauren there customer service skills are beyond expectation 👍👍
Jessica J.
Jessica J.
17:21 24 Sep 20
Just finished my treatment at the Chicago Vein Institute and I'm very happy with the services they provided. Dr. Sunje and his medical team did an excellent job. All of the treatments and aftercare were explained to me thoroughly and clearly. My appointments were scheduled very well to accommodate... my work hours, and they were helpful with my health insurance as well which I really appreciated. I would highly recommend them to all of my family and friends!read more
Maria K.
Maria K.
03:26 18 Sep 20
Ship- I don't know but I'm getting a lot of pain. I'm going 8/17 for my appointment. Why? I don't understand why it hurts. It's been ongoing.
Why M.
Why M.
05:08 17 Aug 20
Chicago Vein Institute is the place to go to change your life around! I knew my veins in legs were not good but didn't know how bad until the Chicago Vein Institute evaluated them and successfully treated them. I feel like I have new legs again, thanks to the Chicago Vein Institute. The doctors... and staff educated me about vein disease, very professional, nice and invested in patients' success. Best investment of time, money and energy for one's future.read more
Carol C.
Carol C.
16:36 16 Aug 20
Friendly staff.
Kenneth B.
Kenneth B.
16:15 28 Jul 20
Really great doctor, that takes his time with each patient to have a quality conversation and answer all of their questions
BIH P.
BIH P.
15:44 28 Jul 20
Staff is nice, clean environment, I would suggest updating Google information because it has the old address listed.
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
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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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