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Albuquerque Vein and Laser Institute Blog 2017-12-19T08:38:09+00:00

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

Spider veins, little dilated superficial blood vessels that are caused by increased pressure in the veins, are both annoying and unsightly. Often located on both the thighs and calves, they are extremely visible, and we’ve had many patients tell us that they’ve avoided wearing shorts or skirts for years because they hate how they look.  Fortunately, spider veins are treatable, and although not covered by insurance, treatment is performed [...]

June 15th, 2018|Spider Veins|

Is Varicose Vein Surgery Painful?

If you’ve avoided consulting with a vein specialist because you’re nervous that it’s the same very invasive, painful varicose vein removal procedure your mom or grandma had years ago, we have great news for you! While hospital-based vein stripping surgery was the most common treatment protocol used to treat patients with bulging varicose veins for years, your options have increased and dramatically improved over the last 15+  years. Thanks [...]

April 22nd, 2018|Varicose Veins, Vein Treatment|

What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used During Varicose Vein Surgery?

Today’s minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment involves outpatient procedures performed in the comfort and convenience of Dr. Robert Cutchen’s Albuquerque vein clinic.  Unlike painful hospital vein stripping surgeries of years past, modern endovenous laser treatment only requires local anesthesia (the patient is awake), reducing the risks and downtime associated with general anesthesia. Compared to surgical stripping surgeries, a common procedure used to remove bulging varicose veins until a few years ago, [...]

April 17th, 2018|Varicose Veins, Vein Treatment|

Does Insurance Cover Vein Treatment?

Many of our patients at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute are surprised to find that their insurance plan often covers the medical treatment for Varicose Veins and related vein disease!  Although each insurance plan/provider has their own specific requirements, generally speaking, vein treatment is considered to be a medical issue if the patient presents with symptoms of discomfort, including pain, heaviness, swelling at the ankles, discoloration, bulging veins, etc. In addition, the [...]

How Can I Remove Facial Veins?

Spider veins are extremely common – men and women of all ages experience them. They are most common on the legs but some people can develop them on the face. These small veins are usually caused by the natural aging process of the skin, sun damage, trauma to that site, certain skin disorders such as rosacea, or genetics. Removing facial veins requires a more precise and gentler treatment than removing [...]

January 16th, 2018|Spider Veins, Vein Treatment|

Is There Downtime After Varicose Vein Treatment?

If you’re considering varicose vein treatment, you may be wondering about recovery and downtime after the procedure. After the presence of vein disease has been diagnosed, Dr. Cutchen will formulate a personalized treatment plan specific to each patient’s issues. All vein treatment procedures are minimally invasive and are performed in the office with an almost immediate return to activity. Though you may return to normal activities, there may be [...]

December 14th, 2017|Varicose Veins, Vein Treatment|
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