What to Expect During Your First Consultation

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We understand that being in a doctor’s office can sometimes be nerve-racking. In addition to resolving your venous disease, the comfort of our patients is one of our top priorities at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic. We want you to feel as relaxed and at-ease as possible. Dr. Gilvydis and Dr. Kang are committed to making you feel your best during every visit to our office.

What you need to bring

Be sure to bring your identification and insurance cards and a list of any diagnoses and medications you are currently taking. To better understand your medical history, we also recommend bringing any medical records, like imaging or prior test results that are related to your vein problem. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out your paperwork, or you can download the paperwork online to fill out before you come in.

Before your consultation

Wear comfortable clothes to allow for a thorough examination of any problem areas (especially on the legs). Be prepared to talk about your vein-related symptoms and medical and family history. We may ask you about your prior medical procedures, any other diagnoses you may have, as well as your parent’s history with varicose veins.

Ultrasound vein mapping

Ultrasound vein mapping is painless, noninvasive and serves as an essential part of the diagnosis of venous disease. Ultrasound vein mapping uses high frequency sound waves to transmit images onto a monitor of what your veins look like beneath your skin. This helps us identify which veins may require treatment because they have damaged valves

Available treatments

At NIVC, we offer the most comprehensive treatments for vein disease. Our team of caring professionals uses state-of-the-art, minimally invasive treatments to resolve varicose veins quickly, easily and with little or no downtime. Some treatments we offer for vein disease are:

  • Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) – EVLA is used to treat larger veins that are the main source of reflux (the backflow of blood) in superficial veins. Dr. Gilvydis and Dr. Kang use EVLA to ablate and close down superficial varicose veins. A tiny, bendable catheter is inserted into the vein. The catheter emits radiofrequency light energy into the vein, damaging the internal vein wall. This causes the vein to close down and eventually be absorbed into the body.
  • Sclerotherapy – Sclerotherapy is a simple, quick and painless procedure. Dr. Gilvydis and Dr. Kang use sclerotherapy to effectively treat spider veins by using small injections of a foam or liquid sclerosing agent to close down smaller varicose veins and spider veins. Similar to EVLA, the vein will eventually be absorbed by the body.
  • Microphlebectomy – Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive microsurgical technique used to remove varicose veins near the surface of the skin that are too small to treat with EVLA, but too large to achieve good results with sclerotherapy. Only local numbing is usually necessary to carefully and precisely remove segments of the problem vein through tiny incisions.

To set up your first consultation with the vein specialists at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, call (815) 315-1894 today.