Dr. Robert Cutchen Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Meet Dr. Robert Cutchen

In 2009, Dr. Cutchen founded Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute, a clinic dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease. His goal was to provide the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options all in the comfort of his office without the need for hospitalization. Our goal is to treat every patient the way we ourselves would hope to be treated.

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Vein Treatments

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Aesthetic Treatments

We utilize the power of advanced laser technology to treat a multitude of cosmetic concerns. See what a difference our treatments can make.

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Why Do Varicose Veins Hurt?

For many people, varicose veins are asymptomatic, even if they have an unsightly appearance. Others, especially those with a more advanced venous issue, may experience pain and related side effects in the legs with varicose veins, as circulation issues deep in the leg veins can lead to aching, heaviness, and other symptoms. Fortunately, advanced treatment methods can provide relief with little to no discomfort or recovery time. 

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins may look blue, red, or purple, and they often have a raised, twisted appearance. The Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), one of the longest veins in the human body, carries blood from the legs back to the heart, moving it against gravity. If the one-way valves in this vein weaken, blood can pool and back up into feeder veins that then appear on the surface. Varicose veins and leg pain are both symptoms of this underlying venous problem. 

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Why Do Varicose Veins Hurt?

Varicose veins hurt because pooling blood can cause them to swell and sometimes leak fluids. The walls of the veins can also become inflamed, and fluid seeping into the skin can cause itching and even ulcers. As mentioned above, there are varying degrees of pain associated with varicose veins, and some people experience more severe symptoms. For example, some patients with more advanced vein disease may develop a condition known as phlebitis, which occurs when varicose veins become inflamed and form blood clots. Treating issues with the GSV can quickly resolve most of these symptoms. 

How is Varicose Vein Pain Treated?

If you have varicose veins that hurt, you should see a vein specialist like Dr. Robert Cutchen immediately. He will use advanced ultrasound technology to visualize your deep leg veins and develop a treatment plan. There has never been a better, easier time to treat your varicose veins with one or a combination of the following outpatient procedures:

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

Dr. Cutchen uses this treatment to correct problems with the GSV. A tiny fiber inserted into the vein emits laser energy into the vein walls. The energy damages the walls of the vein, causing it to collapse. Blood will stop pooling in the GSV and reroute to healthy veins. While this addresses the underlying cause of your varicose veins, the existing ones may not go away.

Endovenous Chemical Ablation (Sclerotherapy)

Varicose veins deep under the skin often respond very well to this effective treatment. Dr. Cutchen injects an agent called a sclerosant into the target vein. This solution causes the vein to collapse, stopping blood flow. Your body absorbs the treated veins over time. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Dr. Cutchen uses this treatment for the visible bulging varicose veins near the surface of the skin. Tiny hooks are inserted under the skin and used to hook the visible vein and pull it out. This treatment provides quickly visible results. 

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Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our highly trained staff members at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute will reach out to your promptly to schedule your appointment.

What Should I Expect After Varicose Vein Treatment?

All four treatments are minimally invasive and require little to no downtime. You can return to most of your usual activities immediately. Depending on the treatment, you may wear a compression garment to help the treated veins close. Any minor surface bruises will fade within a few days. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatment?

Almost anyone with painful varicose veins is eligible for treatment. If your legs have visible varicose veins, clusters of small spider veins or feel heavy, achy, or uncomfortable, we recommend scheduling a vein screening, as vein disease is progressive and will not improve untreated. 

 

Take the Next Step

If you want to learn more about treating your varicose veins, contact us at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-8346, or complete the form on this page, and one of our staff members will reach out to you promptly. 

Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is located in the Journal Center area of Albuquerque and proudly serves vein patients throughout the entire Albuquerque area, as well as Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Los Lunas, and other areas throughout New Mexico.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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