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Albuquerque Vein and Laser Institute Blog 2017-11-30T05:11:30+00:00

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins are extremely common – it’s estimated that they affect nearly half of the adult population at some point in their lives – particularly women. Like varicose veins, they are dilated superficial blood vessels that are caused by an increased pressure in the veins but are smaller and closer to the skin. They are often located behind the knee or on the ankle.  Although clusters of spider veins around the ankles can be a symptom of a deeper venous issue, they are generally cosmetic in nature and can be easily eliminated with sclerotherapy injections, or in some cases laser treatment. Causes of spider veins include: aging family history or a history of blood clots hormonal changes during puberty or menopause, or hormone replacement therapy pregnancy long periods of standing obesity sun exposure [...]

November 27th, 2017|Spider Veins, Vein Treatment|

Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute Achieves IAC Vein Center Accreditation!

Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, owned and operated by Dr. Robert Cutchen, has been granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Vein Center in the area of Superficial Venous Treatment and Management. Accreditation by the IAC indicates that Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute 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 so proud to have achieved this highly respected Vein Center accreditation,” [...]

August 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Vein Treatment Myths

Varicose veins, often ropey, bulging veins in your legs, may be a big inconvenience and source of embarrassment for many who suffer with them, but the medical issues run deeper and there is much more to them than meets the eye. Varicose veins are incredibly common, affecting close to one in four adult Americans. Yet, many never seek treatment and choose to live life with the associated pain and complications. Your leg veins, literally, face an uphill battle as they carry blood from your feet to your heart. Leg muscles squeeze the veins to push the blood up toward the heart. Small valves within the vessels prevent blood from getting pulled backward toward the feet, or “refluxing”, on this journey. But if these valves fail, blood can pool in your leg veins, increasing the [...]

April 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Topical Creams and Oral Medications will Not Cure Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Vein disorders are complex and run deep – there is much more than meets the eye. And, patient treatment is never a one-size-fits-all approach, as each patient’s vein disease is different from the next. A patient who does not have big, bulging veins may need an endovenous laser ablation only. Another vein patient may need a laser ablation, followed by micro-incisional ambulatory phlebectomy (micro-incisions to remove the actual bulging veins), and yet another patient may need the addition of endovenous chemical ablation (injections) to close feeder veins. The one thing that no vein patient needs is a topical cream or oral medication in the hopes of curing their vein disease. Just search “how to get rid of varicose veins” on a search engine, and you will see many results advertising “natural remedies” for “curing” [...]

February 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

5 Ways to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is, “What is the cause of varicose veins?”  The number one cause is genetics. We tend to inherit them from our parents. Other significant causes are pregnancy, jobs with prolonged standing, age, and trauma. Due to genetic influences, there may not always be a way to prevent varicose veins from forming. But, there are a few things we can do that may help. Ways to Help Prevent Varicose Veins Avoid prolonged sitting or standing: If your job requires you to sit for extended periods, take a few moments to regularly flex and extend your legs, feet, and ankles. This helps the blood flowing in the leg veins. If you stand for long periods, take advantage of breaks to sit down and elevate your feet. Exercise regularly: Walking is especially [...]

October 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|

How Do I Know if I Have Vein Disease?

Vein Disease Is Not Always Visible to the Naked Eye Varicose veins, a result of a medical condition called venous reflux, or venous insufficiency, are abnormally enlarged, bulging veins that are visible on the surface of the skin.  Often considered a cosmetic nuisance, they are actually just one sign of a more significant underlying problem in the venous system. Venous insufficiency is a medical condition in which the blood flow is impaired in the veins. The heart’s function is to pump blood, with its oxygen and nutrients, to your organs and tissues. All blood eventually returns to the heart, in order to be re-circulated. The blood in your lower extremities has an “uphill battle” in that it must work against gravity to return to the heart in order to be re-circulated, using a combination of muscle [...]

September 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|
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