Pain, itching, swelling, burning, leg heaviness or tiredness, and skin discoloration are all symptoms of varicose veins – a problem that affects nearly 35% of the American population. Symptoms can worsen throughout the day and are often partially relieved by “conservative treatments”, including elevating the legs or by wearing compression stockings. However, these conservative treatments only provide temporary relief, and diseased veins can worsen if left untreated over time. The good news is that varicose veins and the vein disease that causes them can be treated in the comfort and convenience of Dr. Cutchen’s New Mexico vein center with minimal downtime and discomfort!

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Laser Vein Therapy

Laser treatments for various medical procedures have been in use for quite some time. Thankfully we now have lasers being used for the treatment of vein disease, too. In the past, varicose vein treatment required patients to be hospitalized while vein stripping surgery was performed. Advances in technology today have made it possible to have a minimally-invasive laser treatment in which a laser’s heat is used to close the diseased vein. This removes the source of the patient’s bulging, painful varicose veins.

How Does Laser Vein Therapy Work?

Endovenous laser vein treatment is performed in order to close the diseased veins deep within the venous system that can only be seen by ultrasound. This minimally-invasive procedure is performed right in the comfort of Dr. Robert Cutchen’s Albuquerque Vein Clinic.  Dr. Cutchen uses ultrasound guidance to place a long thin laser fiber into the length of the vein being treated.  Once the fiber tip is positioned, a local anesthetic is injected so that it surrounds the length of the vein.  The laser is activated and pulled back through the vein, burning and closing the vein as it moves.  Veins that are treated are then left in place and will disappear on their own during the next  6-12 months. The remaining superficial, bulging veins can be removed with a simple procedure called Ambulatory Phlebectomy (link to that page).

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What To Expect After The Treatment?

When the procedure is finished, the leg may have some bruising, which will gradually disappear over the following two weeks.  Patients will be required to wear compression stockings during the recovery period.  Walking daily for approximately 30 minutes is also encouraged. Patients can resume normal activities immediately, although it is common to experience some discomfort in the treatment area. Ibuprofen can be taken for this pain. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 2 weeks.  Follow-up appointments will be scheduled at 6 weeks and then again at 6 months.

My experience was first rate. Dr Cutchen is professional and down-to-earth at the same time.

I was very comfortable at this institute and the staff is friendly and helpful.

I also want to mention I am so happy with the results!!!

I highly recommend this Dr and Albuquerque Vein & Laser institute.

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Take The Next Step

If you are ready to treat your varicose veins, then it’s time to take the next step by calling the Dr. Robert Cutchen, New Mexico’s most trusted vein specialist, at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-VEIN or fill out 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.

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