Gilvydis Vein Clinic Moving to New Sycamore Location

Gilvydis Vein Clinic (GVC) will have a new home in Sycamore with improved access to care for individuals with vein disease.

We are moving to 1815 Mediterranean Drive, Unit 103, near Illinois 23 and Bethany Road. GVC also has a clinic in Geneva.

Dr. Rimas Gilvydis, a board-certified vascular and interventional radiologist and diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, leads the practice. The GVC team has performed more than 24,000 successful laser vein treatments, which are minimally invasive, require little-to-no downtime, and are covered by most insurance plans.

The new clinic will offer more space, allowing GVC to grow and help more individuals living with the pain and discomfort associated with varicose veins and spider veins.

Consultations can still be made by calling 815-981-4742 or here on our website.

The Warning Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Warning Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a dangerous medical condition caused when a clot hinders blood flow in your arms or legs. When your leg blood pressure gets too high, it can cause the clot to travel to your heart. Each extremity contains both superficial and deep veins that pump blood back to your heart and keep your body functioning properly. While blood clots in superficial veins are typically not dangerous, DVT can be life-threatening if not treated promptly.

A quick diagnosis is key to recovering from DVT. If you pay attention to the warning signs, you can have the condition adequately treated at a medical center such as the Gilvydis Vein Clinic. The earlier DVT is diagnosed, the better your prognosis will be, and the less likely you will be to suffer from complications.

What Are the Symptoms of DVT?

There are several warning signs that indicate DVT, but you will need to be evaluated by a medical professional for an official diagnosis. DVT in the legs is more common than DVT in arms, but it can occur in any extremity. While some people have no noticeable signs of the condition, the following symptoms could be a cause for concern.

  • Discoloration: If you have a DVT, the affected extremity with often has a strange coloring. Sometimes it turns red, while other times it appears to be blue or purple.
  • Pain: If you feel discomfort in your arms or legs that does not go away, you may have DVT. The pain often feels like a muscle cramp that will not ease regardless of treatment.
  • Swelling: If you have a significant amount of swelling in one extremity with no apparent injury, it could be a sign that a clot is restricting blood flow, and causing edema.
  • Warmth: If your arm or leg is hot to the touch for no reason, it could be your body reacting to a DVT.

How Is DVT Diagnosed?

DVT requires several tests to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor will perform a physical evaluation and then most likely order an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis. Occasionally, venography, blood test, or CT scan will also be used.

Which Risk Factors Contribute to DVT?

Anyone can develop DVT, but many risk factors make it more likely. The more risk factors you have, the more likely it is that you will develop DVT at some point in your life. The most common risk factor is immobility. If you live a sedentary lifestyle or are bedridden due to surgery or a chronic illness, your calf muscles will be unable to contract and keep blood flow moving correctly. Pregnancy, age, smoking, heart disease, and obesity are also big factors in the development of DVT.

There is no guaranteed way to prevent DVT, but you can reduce the likelihood of developing the condition by taking care of your body. Break up long periods of sitting with short periods of movement to keep from being immobile. Regular exercise is a great way to keep your blood pumping properly and help you maintain a healthy weight.

How Is DVT Treated?

Because blood clots are so dangerous, it is a good idea to have them treated in a clinic. At Gilvydis Vein Clinic, we offer three types of DVT treatments. Depending on your personal situation, we will use any of the following methods on you.

  • Blood Thinners: Blood thinners are prescribed for 3-6 months to help stop the clot from growing and give the body time to naturally break up the clot.
  • Venogram: We use x-ray technology and a special dye to map your veins and determine the location of blood clots so we can treat them more effectively with blood thinners.
  • Thrombolysis: We dissolve large blood clots that are not responding to blood thinners using a catheter.

If you are concerned about your veins or think you may have DVT, contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic in Illinois today to schedule an appointment. We will diagnose you quickly and start treatment so you can get back to your healthy lifestyle as quickly as possible.

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Vein Clinic and treatment options in Illinois

Everything You Need to Know About Deep Vein Thrombosis

When your blood develops a clot that is located in one of the deep veins of your leg or arm, the condition is called deep vein thrombosis. A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is considered a serious condition because of the potential for part of the clot to break off and travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

To find out everything you need to know about deep vein thrombosis, the professionals in Gilvydis Vein Clinic can consult with you if you are at increased risk or believe you may already be suffering from the condition.

Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Although a DVT does not always present with symptoms, the most common signs are a pain in the leg, particularly in the calf, with swelling and warmth. The pain is sometimes described as similar to a cramp in the calf, but instead of improving with time, the symptoms of a DVT typically become worse. Waiting to see if the symptoms resolve on their own can be dangerous, as a blood clot can become mobile and migrate to the lungs.

This is called a pulmonary embolism and can be life-threatening. Signs of a pulmonary embolism include rapid heartbeat, suddenly developed cough or coughing up blood, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Not all cases of deep vein thrombosis can be prevented since a DVT can occur due to bed rest after surgery or after an injury that causes prolonged sitting. Some risk factors make a DVT more likely to happen, so to reduce the chance for one to occur, it is recommended to take preventative measures. Although some of these risk factors cannot be changed by altering lifestyle factors, regular monitoring can help catch an issue early enough to decrease the likelihood of blood clot migration. Individuals with a history of vein or circulation issues could benefit from a baseline of vein mapping to look for changes if symptoms are felt.

  • Hormones. Hormone replacement and hormonal birth control increase the chance of a blood clot.
  • Pregnancy. Hormonal changes and excess pressure increase risk.
  • Smoking. Since smoking affects blood circulation, smokers are at increased risk of clots.
  • Genetics. Some genetic mutations have been linked to risk, so those with these mutations need extra precautions.
  • Weight issues. Obesity can cause blood circulation issues and increased risk.
  • Other vein issues. Individuals with varicose veins or other vein problems could have circulation issues in general.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment

Once a DVT occurs, it is vital for treatment to begin immediately to prevent blood clot migration. A vein clinic can review your symptoms and then use specialized ultrasound mapping to determine if a clot is present. If a DVT diagnosis is made, a physician will typically prescribe blood thinners to prevent the clot from getting any bigger or for more clots to develop.

Treatment can help to lower the potential for a pulmonary embolism. Some severe cases are treated with clot-busting medications or surgery. Regular vein mapping can determine if the clot is stable, especially since pain or swelling symptoms can linger after the immediate threat has passed.

Schedule a Consultation with Gilvydis Vein Clinic Today!

If you have any questions about deep vein thrombosis prevention, signs, treatment options, or if you are concerned about your risk of DVT, contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic today to schedule a consultation. The vein clinic professionals can assess your vein anatomy, complete a thorough mapping of your veins, and address any vein concern you have. If an issue is found, an immediate plan of treatment can begin. Learning more about deep vein thrombosis can aid in the prevention and early diagnosis of the condition, which is important for the risk reduction and prompt treatment if a blood clot forms.

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Gilvydis Vein Clinic Expands Team

Gilvydis Vein Clinic, a top local provider of leading-edge, nonsurgical treatments for leg vein issues, including varicose and spider veins, has expanded its team by adding Stephanie Wright and Ilia Jakel.

Wright joined Gilvydis Vein Clinic as Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. In her role, Wright uses her expertise to review patient’s medical images, providing insight for medical diagnosis by Dr. Rimas Gilvydis.

Wright is a graduate of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Hillyard Technical Center in Saint Joseph, Missouri, and earned her certification as a Registered Vascular Technologist through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She has been in the medical field since 2013.

Jakel joined Gilvydis Vein Clinic as its Business Development Director and is responsible for creating and building new partnerships in the region. She has been involved in the medical field for 20 years, helping to lead and execute business development strategies.

Jakel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Executive MBA with a Healthcare Administration Concentration at National University in San Diego, California. She also received her certification in Lean Six Sigma in Healthcare from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a certification in Leadership, Coaching & Mentorship Certification through John Maxwell University.

Gilvydis Vein Clinic Vein Granted Accreditation

Gilvydis Vein Clinic (GVC), a leading local provider of leading-edge, nonsurgical treatments for leg vein issues, announced today it has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Vascular Testing in the area of vein ultrasounds.

Accreditation by the IAC in Vascular Testing in the area of vein ultrasounds.

Accreditation by the IAC indicates that GVC has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vein treatment and management. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

“We are thrilled to have earned the vascular testing accreditation by the IAC,” said Dr. Rimas Gilvydis, medical director and a board-certified vascular and interventional radiologist with GVC. “This accreditation indicates that we have the training, experience and state-of-the-art medical technology that allows us to accurately diagnosis, providing positive outcomes for our patients.”

The IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement. For more information about Gilvydis Vein Clinic, call 815-981-4742 or visit

Hallie Konieczki Joins Gilvydis Vein Clinic

Gilvydis Vein Clinic (GVC), a leading local provider of leading-edge, nonsurgical treatments for leg vein issues, including varicose and spider veins, has added Nurse Practitioner Hallie Konieczki to its team.

Hallie joined GVC in August and serves patients at its Geneva and Sycamore locations. She is responsible for patient education, free screenings, consultations and follow-up appointments. Prior to joining GVC, she worked in critical care, family practice and pain management.

Hallie earned both a bachelor of science and master’s degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University. She received the Family Nurse Practitioner certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has more than 13 years of experience in the medical field.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Hallie part of the GVC family,” said Dr. Rimas Gilvydis, founder of GVC. “Her expertise will allow us to serve more individuals who are experiencing leg pain issues from varicose veins and other vein diseases.”

For more information about Gilvydis Vein Clinic, call 815-981-4742 or visit

About Gilvydis Vein Clinic
Gilvydis Vein Clinic is located in Geneva and Sycamore and provides innovative, nonsurgical treatments for patients suffering from painful and unsightly leg vein issues. Care is delivered by a team of advanced professionals using state-of-the-art, minimally invasive techniques to help individuals get back to their active lifestyles with minimal discomfort and little downtime. Dr. Rimas Gilvydis has performed more than 20,000 procedures with excellent outcomes since these techniques were first introduced in 2001.

Gilvydis Vein Clinic adds to team

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Gilvydis Vein Clinic (GVC), a leading local provider of cutting-edge, nonsurgical treatments for leg vein issues, including varicose and spider veins, has expanded its team by adding Elizabeth Lawrence, Victoria Navarro and Sarah Rexford.

Elizabeth Lawrence and Victoria Navarro recently joined the GVC nursing team. They are responsible for patient education, patient check-in, and monitoring during procedures, and assisting Dr. Rimas Gilvydis during laser and sclerotherapy procedures.

Lawrence serves patients in GVC’s Geneva location. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Trinity Christian College in 2006 and has been involved in the health care industry for nearly 12 years.

Navarro serves patients in GVC’s Sycamore and Geneva locations. She earned a medical assistant and associates in nursing from Morton College. She has been involved in the health care industry for six years.

Sarah Rexford joined GVC as an office coordinator for the Sycamore and Geneva locations. She is responsible for scheduling patient appointments, answering patient questions, working with insurance providers, and representing GVC by attending community and professional networking events.

Rexford earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and merchandising from Southern Illinois University and has been involved in the health care industry for more than 10 years.

For more information about Gilvydis Vein Clinic, call (815) 981-4742 or visit