Let Dr. Robert Cutchen at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute put a little spring in your step this year with his in-office varicose vein treatment! If you are currently suffering with the following symptoms, schedule your vein treatment consultation today!

  • Bulging varicose veins
  • Clusters of spider veins, especially around ankles
  • Leg heaviness, fatigue and swelling
  • Skin discoloration or ulceration around the ankles
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What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose Veins are superficial veins that have lost their ability to appropriately carry blood up and out of the leg, thus allowing the blood to flow backward toward the feet. Also known as venous insufficiency or venous reflux, varicose veins are a result of non-functioning valves inside the veins. Once a vein has become varicose, it won’t go back to normal and should be treated, if causing symptoms.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

There are many factors that may cause varicose veins to appear. However, the leading cause of varicose veins is heredity. A family history of vein disease will determine your predisposition to developing the same. Also, women are three times more likely to develop vein disease due to hormone fluctuations and the effects of pregnancy and weight gain on the venous system. Individuals who work jobs that require long periods of standing are also at risk, as it puts undue stress on the venous system. Finally, a traumatic leg injury can increase the chance that an individual will develop venous reflux.

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How Much Does It Cost To Treat Varicose Veins?

Many of our patients at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute are relieved to learn that their insurance plan often covers the treatment for Varicose Veins and related vein disease if it is determined to be medically necessary. Although each insurance plan/provider has their own specific requirements, vein treatment is considered medically necessary if the patient presents with symptoms of discomfort, including pain, heaviness, swelling at the ankles, discoloration, bulging veins, etc. In addition, the results of a diagnostic ultrasound test (performed by our staff right in our office!) must show the presence of venous reflux (backward blood flow in the vein, which is what causes the symptoms, including bulging veins).

As many insurance companies require a trial of compression stockings and elevation before approving other in-office treatment, you may not be able to receive vein treatment immediately after your diagnosis. Our experienced staff of vein treatment professionals will work directly with your insurance provider to obtain authorization and determine your coverage and any required period of conservative treatment.

It’s important to note that although insurance often covers varicose vein treatment – it does not cover sclerotherapy injection treatment for unsightly Spider Veins, which is cosmetic in nature. However, large clusters of spider veins, especially ones located around the ankle, can often by symptomatic of deeper vein disease, so seeing a dedicated vein specialist, such as Dr. Robert Cutchen, is advised.

What’s The Bottom Line?

Dr. Cutchen provides the most thorough diagnosis and treatment of varicose veins in the Albuquerque area. During your vein screening, you will be advised of the severity of your vein issues and your prescribed treatment plan.  Our staff will then follow-up with your insurance provider so that we can detail your eligibility for coverage and financial responsibility if your deductible has not been met.

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.

Take The Next Step

The best time to begin treating your varicose veins is now! Take the next step now by calling 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.

* 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.