Chicago Vein Institute FAQ
What are varicose veins? What are spider veins?
Please visit our Vein Disorders page for information.
Can they be harmful?
Yes. Abnormal veins in the legs can cause pain (including fatigue, heaviness, aching, burning, throbbing, itching, cramping and restlessness) and prevent proper skin nutrition, leading to eczema, inflammation, thrombosis,(blood clots),and ulceration.
I don’t see any red or purple vessels and I don’t have any bumps. Could I still have a venous disorder?
Yes. Physical examination and complete color Doppler ultrasound can detect problems with blood vessels that aren’t visible otherwise.
What causes spider and varicose veins? Can I do anything to prevent the development of vein disease, or to reduce their side effects?
Please visit our Prevention and Causes page for information.
Can I be cured of varicose veins?
Varicose veins can be treated successfully; however, the actual venous disease is a chronic condition. The removal of affected blood vessels doesn’t diminish or eliminate the patient’s tendency to develop varicose veins. Regular surveillance, even after successful treatment, is important. Patients should return for a three-month and a six-month follow-up visit after treatment, and should schedule regular yearly follow-up ultrasound exams. Please also visit our Prevention and Causes page for more tips on good venous health.
How will the blood in my veins get back to my heart after all of the abnormal veins are removed or destroyed?
After a vein has been removed or closed, the blood naturally reroutes to other healthier veins. Veins that have been closed will be reabsorbed naturally by the body.
What is a skin ulcer?
Untreated varicose veins can lead to ulceration. A skin ulcer is caused by a disorder called venous stasis ulcer. One of the warning signs that a venous stasis ulcer is about to occur is a darkening of the skin around the ankle. Over time, the skin may take on leathery or wax-like qualities. Eventually, the skin will breakdown completely if the problem isn’t treated.
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.
Do I need to have an ultrasound? Why is it important?
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 Our Services page for more information about Color Doppler Ultrasound
- 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.
- There are no known risks associated with ultrasound imaging – sonography has no harmful effect on humans.
What is Endovenous Laser Treatment?
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What is sclerotherapy?
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What is ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy and how is it different?
Please visit Our Services page for more information on ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.
Why Choose us?
- The Preferred Vein Institute in Chicago
- Minimally Invasive Treatments
- Creating a Custom Treatment Plan
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy
- Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy
- Welcoming, friendly, multi-lingual staff
- Stunning Mid-Century modern facility
- Convenient hours and location
- Free parking