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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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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Varicose Veins: When to Worry

Many of us think of varicose veins as an unsightly annoyance. However, these bulging veins can indicate a deeper problem with the circulation in your legs. Only an examination by a vein expert like Dr. Robert Cutchen can determine whether your varicose veins require treatment. 

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted-looking veins under the skin. They often look blue or purple due to the blood they contain. These veins are visible because they have been damaged. Blood flow through the veins in your legs must move against gravity, so your veins have one-way valves to prevent backflow. Many factors can cause these valves to fail, letting blood flow back into and stretch the veins.

Many of us think of varicose veins as an unsightly annoyance. However, these bulging veins can indicate a deeper problem with the circulation in your legs. Only an examination by a vein expert like Dr. Robert Cutchen can determine whether your varicose veins require treatment. 

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted-looking veins under the skin. They often look blue or purple due to the blood they contain. These veins are visible because they have been damaged. Blood flow through the veins in your legs must move against gravity, so your veins have one-way valves to prevent backflow. Many factors can cause these valves to fail, letting blood flow back into and stretch the veins.

Varicose Veins Albuquerque

*Individual results may vary.

Varicose Veins Albuquerque

*Individual results may vary.

When to Worry About Varicose Veins

While surface varicose veins may bother you, a vein specialist is more concerned with the veins deep inside your legs. The Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), a long vein in the leg, can become damaged, allowing blood to pool in its feeder veins. This condition, called venous insufficiency, means your body can no longer transport blood out of your legs effectively. 

You should see a vein specialist if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Large, bulging varicose veins
  • Burning or itching
  • Heaviness
  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Skin thickening or changes
  • Ulcers or sores

Even if you do not have symptoms, we recommend an appointment to assess your venous health. Venous insufficiency may have no symptoms other than the associated varicose veins. Treating this condition before you develop symptoms can prevent many issues in the future. Dr. Cutchen uses painless, non–invasive ultrasound to examine your venous system to identify and map out any issues with blood flow.

When to Worry About Varicose Veins

While surface varicose veins may bother you, a vein specialist is more concerned with the veins deep inside your legs. The Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), a long vein in the leg, can become damaged, allowing blood to pool in its feeder veins. This condition, called venous insufficiency, means your body can no longer transport blood out of your legs effectively. 

You should see a vein specialist if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Large, bulging varicose veins
  • Burning or itching
  • Heaviness
  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Skin thickening or changes
  • Ulcers or sores

Even if you do not have symptoms, we recommend an appointment to assess your venous health. Venous insufficiency may have no symptoms other than the associated varicose veins. Treating this condition before you develop symptoms can prevent many issues in the future. Dr. Cutchen uses painless, non–invasive ultrasound to examine your venous system to identify and map out any issues with blood flow.

Request a Consultation

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.

Request a Consultation

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.

How are Varicose Veins Treated?

The first step in treating varicose veins is addressing a damaged GSV.  Other treatments can address feeder veins and the visible, bulging veins close to the surface. Dr. Cutchen may use any or all of these in combination to achieve your desired results. 

Endovenous Laser Treatment

EVLT is the treatment of choice to close a dysfunctional GSV. A thin fiber inserted into the vein emits laser pulses that damage the vein walls. This damage causes the vein to collapse. Other veins in your legs will take over the blood flow, restoring healthy circulation. 

Endovenous Chemical Ablation

This treatment uses a chemical called a sclerosant injected into varicose veins. The chemical causes damage that collapses the treated vein. Your body will absorb the pigments from the vein over time, erasing its appearance. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This treatment uses incisions the size of freckles to insert tiny tools. Dr. Cutchen uses these tools to hook and pull out the targeted vein. This removes the appearance of the vein immediately instead of having to wait.

Am I a Good Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatment?

Almost anyone with varicose veins can be treated with these methods. They are safe, minimally invasive, and widely used. Candidates should understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and have reasonable expectations.

How are Varicose Veins Treated?

The first step in treating varicose veins is addressing a damaged GSV.  Other treatments can address feeder veins and the visible, bulging veins close to the surface. Dr. Cutchen may use any or all of these in combination to achieve your desired results. 

Endovenous Laser Treatment

EVLT is the treatment of choice to close a dysfunctional GSV. A thin fiber inserted into the vein emits laser pulses that damage the vein walls. This damage causes the vein to collapse. Other veins in your legs will take over the blood flow, restoring healthy circulation. 

Endovenous Chemical Ablation

This treatment uses a chemical called a sclerosant injected into varicose veins. The chemical causes damage that collapses the treated vein. Your body will absorb the pigments from the vein over time, erasing its appearance. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

This treatment uses incisions the size of freckles to insert tiny tools. Dr. Cutchen uses these tools to hook and pull out the targeted vein. This removes the appearance of the vein immediately instead of having to wait.

Am I a Good Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatment?

Almost anyone with varicose veins can be treated with these methods. They are safe, minimally invasive, and widely used. Candidates should understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and have reasonable expectations.

Take the Next Step

If you want to learn more about varicose vein treatment, 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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