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

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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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What is Recovery Like After Varicose Vein Treatment?

Are you bothered by bulging, discolored veins? Although common, varicose veins often signal a deeper problem deep within your venous system. To restore healthy blood flow, Dr. Robert Cutchen treats varicose veins and their underlying causes right in the comfort and convenience of his Albuquerque vein clinic. Most of these minimally invasive treatments involve minimal to no recovery time. 

What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins occur when normal blood flow becomes stagnant. Veins must work against gravity to return blood to the heart, so they have one-way valves to keep blood from flowing backward. When these valves become damaged, blood can back up into the superficial veins near the surface of the skin. This pooled blood causes the thick, discolored appearance of varicose veins. 

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How are Varicose Veins Treated?

Dr. Robert Cutchen specializes in outpatient vein treatments from his accredited New Mexico vein treatment facility. Depending on the results of your diagnostic ultrasound test, Dr. Cutchen will recommend your personalized treatment protocol that will involve one or more of his outpatient vein treatment procedures that address both the internal source of the diseased veins, along with the cosmetic appearance of the visible diseased veins. 

What is Recovery Like After Varicose Vein Treatment?

Most people have no significant downtime after these procedures. Patients can expect to resume normal activities immediately, although strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 1-2 weeks. Patients should avoid sitting in hot water (hot tub/bathtub) for 2 weeks. Showering is fine. Ibuprofen may be taken for pain. Every patient experiences the post-treatment discomfort differently with some patients having little discomfort and others feeling more sore. Patients will be seen in follow-up appointments with Dr. Cutchen at 6 weeks and 6 months.

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What Types of Varicose Vein Treatments are Available?

Dr. Cutchen will choose the best type of treatment for your varicose veins after a full assessment of your venous system. All procedures are performed under local anesthesia only, right in the comfort and convenience of our practice. Treatments for varicose veins include:

Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT)

This laser treatment provides a fast, minimally invasive way to treat the diseased Greater Saphenous Vein, deep within the venous system. When this vein become dysfunctional, it can cause blood to back up in the superficial veins. A tiny laser fiber enters the vein and delivers heat that causes the vein walls to collapse. This treatment “closes off” this large vein with damaged valves, and reroutes the blood flow to healthier veins.  This treatment has largely replaced more invasive surgery, such as vein stripping

Endovenous Chemical Ablation (ECA)

This treatment uses an injected foam solution to close off the varicose veins. This method uses ultrasound to visualize and target varicose veins that lay deeper under the skin. The foam, also called a sclerosant, irritates the walls of the target vein and causes them to collapse. 

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Dr. Cutchen addresses the superficial “bulging” veins that are synonymous with the term “varicose veins” with ambulatory phlebectomy. This procedure uses incisions a fraction of an inch long to “hook” the problem vein with a special tool and remove it. This provides almost immediate cosmetic improvement. Ambulatory phlebectomy is often combined with other treatments to provide cosmetic improvements in addition to treating deeper venous issues.

Take the Next Step

If you have questions about recovery from 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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