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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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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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Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Micro-Phlebectomy-Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy, also referred to as micro-phlebectomy or “hook” phlebectomy, is a micro-extraction procedure used to remove the visible bulging varicose veins that are close to the surface through very small (1/8 inch) micro-incisions. The micro-incisions are so small that they seldom require a stitch. Once healed, the scars are rarely visible.

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Ambulatory Phlebectomy?

Ambulatory phlebectomy can be performed as a solo procedure or may be performed after a patient undergoes endovenous laser ablation or endovenous chemical ablation to remove the superficial bulging varicose veins that are noticeable near the surface of the skin. Dr. Robert Cutchen removes the veins through tiny incisions in the skin, typically not requiring stitches.  Ambulatory phlebectomy is usually only one part of treating varicose veins.

The path to eliminating your varicose veins begins with your consultation with Dr. Cutchen, where he will review your symptoms, medical history and perform a duplex ultrasound.  If your symptoms and findings warrant treatment, Dr. Cutchen will recommend a personalized treatment plan based on the results of your diagnostic doppler ultrasound and physical examination that will address all sources of venous reflux in your legs.  If you have bulging varicose veins, ambulatory phlebectomy will likely be part of that plan.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a safe and effective minimally-invasive treatment performed right in the comfort and convenience of our office, just like our other state-of-the-art vein procedures. A local anesthetic is used prior to Dr. Cutchen removing the bulging veins via tiny incisions in the affected areas of the legs, so there is no pain.

After having bulging varicose veins removed via ambulatory phlebectomy, the patient may experience bruising, which will take a few weeks to go away, and there can be some soreness in recovery. A compression stocking is worn for three weeks after the procedure. Medications such as ibuprofen can be used for any post-treatment discomfort. Patients can immediately return to most normal daily activities, and walking is required daily for 3-4 weeks.

After living with unattractive, bulging varicose veins, patients are typically thrilled with the results after having the ropey veins removed via ambulatory phlebectomy.

 

Ambulatory phlebectomy can be performed as a solo procedure or may be performed after a patient undergoes endovenous laser ablation or endovenous chemical ablation to remove the superficial bulging varicose veins that are noticeable near the surface of the skin. Dr. Robert Cutchen removes the veins through tiny incisions in the skin, typically not requiring stitches.  Ambulatory phlebectomy is usually only one part of treating varicose veins.

The path to eliminating your varicose veins begins with your consultation with Dr. Cutchen, where he will review your symptoms, medical history and perform a duplex ultrasound.  If your symptoms and findings warrant treatment, Dr. Cutchen will recommend a personalized treatment plan based on the results of your diagnostic doppler ultrasound and physical examination that will address all sources of venous reflux in your legs.  If you have bulging varicose veins, ambulatory phlebectomy will likely be part of that plan.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a safe and effective minimally-invasive treatment performed right in the comfort and convenience of our office, just like our other state-of-the-art vein procedures. A local anesthetic is used prior to Dr. Cutchen removing the bulging veins via tiny incisions in the affected areas of the legs, so there is no pain.

After having bulging varicose veins removed via ambulatory phlebectomy, the patient may experience bruising, which will take a few weeks to go away, and there can be some soreness in recovery. A compression stocking is worn for three weeks after the procedure. Medications such as ibuprofen can be used for any post-treatment discomfort. Patients can immediately return to most normal daily activities, and walking is required daily for 3-4 weeks.

After living with unattractive, bulging varicose veins, patients are typically thrilled with the results after having the ropey veins removed via ambulatory phlebectomy.

 

If you would like to learn more about our vein treatments, including ambulatory phlebectomy, please call our office at (505) 848-8346 today to schedule a consultation or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.