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 Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Vein Treatments

We provide our patients with the most advanced and comprehensive vein treatments. See the difference between before and after.

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Aesthetic Treatments Albuquerque & Santa Fe

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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What are My Treatment Options for Leg Vein Removal?

Do you have leg veins that bother you? Dr. Cutchen at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute offers treatment options for clear, smooth skin. As a vein specialist, he can also address underlying problems that cause leg veins, improving the circulation in your legs. 

What Causes Visible Leg Veins?

Visible leg veins occur when the walls of these veins stretch as blood pools inside them. This backup of blood occurs when the deep veins in the legs lose their ability to keep blood flowing efficiently back to the heart. Smaller veins become visible on the surface when this circulation problem causes them to enlarge and develop a twisted or rope-like appearance. 

Factors contributing to leg vein problems include genetics, hormones, pregnancy, overall health, and standing or sitting for long periods. 

What are My Treatment Options for Leg Vein Removal?

Dr. Cutchen will choose the most appropriate treatment (or combination of treatments) based on your needs. He will also assess your overall leg vein function and determine whether larger, deeper veins require treatment. 

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy treats visible spider veins, which are typically cosmetic in nature.  During sclerotherapy, Dr. Cutchen injects a sclerosing solution into the problem veins, irritating the veins’ walls, causing them to collapse, and redirecting blood flow.  Your body will eventually absorb these treated veins over time. 

Endovenous Laser Treatment

This gold standard treatment corrects problems with the Great Saphenous Vein, the vein that carries blood from the legs back to the heart, which is responsible for most of the painful bulging varicose veins that develop. Endovenous laser treatment is a definitive solution when valves in this vein weaken. It uses a thin fiber inside the vein to emit energy that collapses the vein walls. Your body will reroute blood flow around the treated vein. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy effectively and immediately removes visible bulging varicose veins once Dr. Cutchen has treated the Greater Saphenous Vein with laser ablation. Dr. Cutchen inserts small hooked tools using tiny openings and pulls out the vein. This is a simple procedure that does not require any stitches.

Endovenous Chemical Ablation

Also known as ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, Endovenous Chemical Ablation is a treatment for the elimination of varicose veins that are not seen on the surface of the skin. Unlike sclerotherapy injections that are used to treat cosmetic spider veins, endovenous chemical ablation targets and eliminate larger varicose veins that are hidden from the naked eye and only seen by ultrasound.

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Is There Any Downtime With Leg Vein Removal?

Leg vein removal usually requires little to no downtime. Depending on the treatment, you may notice some bruising which will fade over the following days. You may have a compression garment to wear and will be instructed to walk daily to promote healthy blood flow. 

How Long Will It Take to See Results After Leg Vein Removal?

How long your treated leg veins take to disappear depends on the type of treatment. Since sclerotherapy collapses the vein, your body will remove it over the following weeks. We tell our patients that their legs/veins will look worse before they look better. 

Ambulatory phlebectomy provides immediate results by removing the treated vein. While not an option for all leg veins, this treatment often works well for aesthetically bothersome bulging leg veins once the source of vein disease has been treated. 

 

Take the Next Step

If you want to learn more about leg vein removal, 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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