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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Spider Veins Getting You Down?

Perhaps you’re feeling self-conscious about those unsightly spider veins on your legs. Many women, and some men, are probably familiar with the term “spider veins”. Typically, they’re tiny red, bluish or purplish “webs” on your legs. In most cases, spider veins don’t cause symptoms but some patients can experience some discomfort, maybe even some itching [...]

Free Vein Screening at Albuquerque Vein Institute

FREE Vein Screening Event Free Vein Screening at Albuquerque Vein Institute                                                                                       February 23rd – 27th*                                        Call 505-848-8346 to schedule * Appointment required   Heavy, Achy, Tired Legs?  Bulging Varicose Veins?      Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is New Mexico’s premier vein treatment center and is fully dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and [...]

How do Spider Veins Differ From Varicose Veins?

Although patients often use the terms Spider Veins and Varicose Veins interchangeably, these are two separate, albeit often related, issues with the health of your venous system. Spider Veins and varicose veins are similar in that they are both unsightly, but easily treatable.  However this is where their similarities end.  Spider veins are truly cosmetic [...]

Permanent Solution Offered for Venous Ulcers

Until recently, patients suffering from venous ulcers were told to wear compression stockings and to elevate their legs whenever possible. Now, recent advances in minimally invasive laser vein treatment offer long lasting cures without the need for endless wraps, lotions, compression stockings and Unna boots. Venous ulcers are wounds or open sores on the lower [...]

Year-End Insurance Reminder

As the end of the year is in sight, it’s important to note that this can be the best time of the year to seek medically necessary vein treatment, as most flexible spending accounts and insurance benefits will soon expire. In addition, many patients have met their insurance deductibles by now, with their new deductible [...]

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

As a member of the medical specialty dedicated to providing relief for patients suffering from vein disease, it is disheartening to know that, despite the high prevalence of venous disease (including varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency [CVI]), the vast majority of people with these conditions do not adequately address them. Many have been given [...]

Exercise After Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins, though pesky and unattractive, are easily treated in the comfort of my Albuquerque vein clinic. Many of my physically active patients are hesitant, however, to schedule treatments, as they don’t want to interrupt their various exercise and training programs. However, sclerotherapy (the gold standard for spider vein treatment) only requires that patients don’t [...]

Insurance Coverage for Vein Treatment

blog Because insurance providers don’t cover ALL vein treatment, there is often confusion regarding which treatment(s) they do cover. While spider vein treatment is always considered to be cosmetic, insurance companies consider varicose veins to be a medically covered problem when they cause symptoms such as heaviness, aching, tiredness, throbbing, burning, itching and/or swelling. Also, [...]

Help For Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) affects 10-15% of Americans, and is characterized by the irresistible urge to move one’s legs to stop  uncomfortable or odd sensations. A patient’s legs become uncomfortable when lying down or sitting – some describe it as a “creeping, tingling or burning” sensation. Moving the legs helps it feel better, but not for long. RLS [...]

Do you have Spider Veins or Varicose Veins?

Varicose and Spider Veins plague a great number of American Adults: as many as 1 in 3 adults complain of some form of venous insufficiency. Although many experience symptoms after turning 50, it’s not uncommon for younger individuals to have venous issues, as well. With vein disease being so prevalent, you’ve likely heard the terms “varicose veins” and “spider [...]

Free Vein Screening Event: Mar 28th

Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute Thursday, March 28th; 1-4pm Appointment required! 505-848-VEIN (8346) Vein Specialist, Dr. Robert Cutchen is offering a free vein screening event on Tuesday, Jan. 29th, from 1-4pm 7401 Hancock Ct. NE, Suite A Albuquerque, NM 87109 Dr. Cutchen will review each patient’s symptoms and vein history. He’ll also examine the legs for spider veins, [...]

The Role of Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Many patients initially seek vein treatment because of leg discomfort accompanied by large bulging varicose veins that cause tremendous embarrassment. Endovenous laser ablation allows us to address the underlying veins that are often the source of the problem, but we still need to address those bulging veins. Ambulatory phlebectomy is the term used to describe the procedure whereby bulging veins [...]

Varicose veins left untreated

I recently treated a patient who had received an in-hospital vein stripping procedure on her left leg approximately 10 years ago, but had delayed treatment on her right leg because she did not want to go through the pain and downtime of that procedure once again. I was thrilled to be able to tell her that she will [...]

The Role of Ultrasound

The job of our veins is to return blood to our heart to be circulated again.  Inside our veins, there are one-way valves that permit the blood to flow up the leg and then close to prevent backwards flow with gravity’s pull. A varicose vein, by definition, has broken valves which allows the blood to flow backwards [...]

Free Vein Screening Event!

Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute Tuesday, Jan. 29th; 1-4pm Appointment required! 505-848-VEIN (8346) Vein Specialist, Dr. Robert Cutchen is offering a free vein screening event on Tuesday, Jan. 29th, from 1-4pm 7401 Hancock Ct. NE Suite A Albuquerque, NM 87109 Dr. Cutchen will review each patient’s symptoms and vein history. He’ll also examine the legs for [...]

Must-See TV!!!

Dr. Robert Cutchen If you suffer with pesky spider veins or painful and unsightly varicose veins, don’t miss Dr. Robert Cutchen of Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute! Nikki Stanzione will be interviewing Dr. Cutchen live on NM Style, on KASAFox Channel 2, Thursday, Jan. 17th  at 8am. During the interview, Dr. Cutchen will be discussing [...]

Free Vein Screening Event: Jan 29th!

Call to schedule your free vein consultation and allow me to assess your venous disorders and help you to choose what treatment avenue is best for you! Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute Dr. Robert Cutchen 7401 Hancock Ct. NE Suite A Albuquerque, NM 87109 Tuesday, January 29th from 1-4pm Appt. Required — 505-848-VEIN (8346) In-office procedures!!

Assessing your need for vein treatment

pnkDress More than 30 million Americans suffer from venous disease, including varicose veins and a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), yet only 1.9 million seek treatment each year.* Many people endure the discomfort of varicose veins because they don’t know about the recent advances in the minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins. Some [...]

Guide to Choosing your Vein Specialist:

The training, background and experience of a treating physician is important in obtaining quality results with your vein treatment. Unfortunately, there are many physicians jumping into the field of phlebology, or vein disease, and sadly not all of them are adequately trained in this specialty, nor have any reasonable experience with the full spectrum of vein patients. Just because [...]

Are Varicose Veins Genetic?

A number of patients who come to see me about their varicose veins at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute mention that their mothers suffered with large, painful varicose veins and want to know if the condition was inherited. Heredity is the number one factor in varicose vein development, but it’s often not the exclusive cause. Varicose veins are slightly [...]

Blood Flow After Vein Surgery

What happens to your blood flow after Varicose Vein surgery? A number of my vein patients at my Albuquerque vein clinic – Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute – want to know what’s going to happen to the blood flow in their leg(s) once I close the saphenous vein with endovenous laser ablation and eliminate the other varicose [...]

Free Vein Screening Nov. 8th

Call to schedule your free vein consultation and allow me to assess your venous disorders and help you to choose what treatment avenue is best for you! Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute Dr. Robert Cutchen 7401 Hancock Ct. NE Suite A Albuquerque, NM 87109 Thursday, November 8th from 2-4pm Appt. Required — 505-848-VEIN (8346) In-office procedures!!

Varicose Vein Symptoms – not always the same

Many patients I see at my Albuquerque vein treatment center, Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, are shocked to discover that their leg discomfort is being caused by vein problems. Vein disease is a slow, progressive process with a huge spectrum of symptoms.  The classic symptoms include heaviness, aching, tiredness, burning, throbbing, itching and swelling.  This [...]

Compression Stockings and Vein Treatment

At Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, our staff works with your insurance provider to determine vein treatment coverage by your plan.  Prior to approving varicose vein treatment, many insurance companies require a “trial of conservative therapy.” This means that they want patients to wear compression stockings for 6-12 weeks (depending on the carrier) before approving [...]

Leg Ulcers and Vein Treatment

Click to Enlarge For the vast majority of patients, varicose veins cause only symptoms of leg discomfort and swelling.  In some patients, over the course of time, just as smoking damages the lungs, varicose veins can damage the skin. The result is darkening of the skin, changes in skin texture, and possibly open skin sores. [...]

Free Vein Screening Sept. 19th

Call to schedule your free vein consultation and allow me to assess your venous disorders and help you to choose what treatment avenue is best for you! Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute Dr. Robert Cutchen 7401 Hancock Ct. NE Suite A Albuquerque, NM 87109 Wednesday, September 19th from 2-4pm Appt. Required — 505-848-VEIN (8346) In-office procedures!!

Weight Loss and Varicose Veins

Along with heredity, pregnancy and professions requiring long periods of standing, being overweight can be a contributing factor to the development of vein disease in your legs. My patients often want to know how weight loss will affect their varicose veins. As you lose weight, your overall health will improve, and your legs may feel [...]

Insurance and Vein Treatment

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is if insurance will cover treatment for varicose veins. Insurance companies consider varicose veins to be a medical problem when they cause symptoms such as heaviness, aching, tiredness, throbbing, burning, itching, and swelling. We then have to verify that there is indeed a problem with the [...]

Vein Treatment Results

Many people wonder if they should pursue treatment for their varicose veins. For most, the primary motivation should be to improve the way your legs look and feel. Varicose veins cause symptoms of discomfort in the legs. This can range from mild to severe. Most people complain of any combination of heaviness, aching, tiredness, throbbing, [...]

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

As a member of the medical specialty dedicated to providing relief for patients suffering from vein disease, it is disheartening to know that, despite the high prevalence of venous disease (including varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency [CVI]), the vast majority of people with these conditions do not adequately address them. Many have been given [...]

Vein Treatment and DVT

Almost 2 million Americans develop Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) each year. These blood clots can come loose and travel to the lungs with serious consequences. In fact, more people die each year from blood clots than breast cancer and HIV combined. Some risk factors include heart/respiratory failure, restricted mobility (long-distance travel), cancer, obesity, recent surgery, [...]

Exercise after spider vein treatment

Spider veins, though pesky and unattractive, are easily treated in the comfort of my Albuquerque vein clinic. Many of my physically active patients are hesitant, however, to schedule treatments, as they don’t want to interrupt their various exercise and training programs. However, sclerotherapy (the gold standard for spider vein treatment) only requires that patients don’t [...]

Free Vein Screening May 22nd!

Call to schedule your free vein consultation and allow me to assess your venous disorders and help you to choose what treatment avenue is best for you! Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute Dr. Robert Cutchen 7401 Hancock Ct. NE Suite A Albuquerque, NM 87109 Appt. Required — 1-4 pm 505-848-VEIN (8346) In-office procedures!!

Vein Health Documentary Airs March 13th

KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS affiliate, will air the ACP sponsored documentary “Vein Health: Discoveries, New Technologies and Breakthroughs,” next Tuesday March 13, 2012 at 7pm. Nearly a year in the making, the documentary is the result of hard work and many late nights by the ACP Public Education Committee under the leadership of Diana Neuhardt; host [...]

Leg Ulcers Can Heal

Unfortunately, venous leg ulcers are not uncommon.  This can range from open wounds to weeping broken skin.  This results from long term high pressure in varicose veins.  Normal veins carry the blood in an upward direction toward the heart.  Varicose veins have broken vein valves, therefore the blood is pulled downward by gravity.  This increases [...]

Relief At Last

Over the past few months I’ve had the chance to meet a great guy who for many years has suffered from symptoms of heaviness, burning, and aching in his legs associated with huge bulging veins. This is what he looked like before any treatments:    Well, we performed endovenous laser ablation of his right great saphenous [...]

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