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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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Endovenous Chemical Ablation
Endovenous Chemical Ablation Albuquerque & Santa Fe

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 eliminates larger varicose veins that are hidden from the naked eye and only seen by ultrasound.


Patients are required to walk immediately after the procedure
and return to normal activity that same day. Following treatment, patients wear prescription-strength compression stockings for three weeks.

How Endovenous Chemical
Ablation Works

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Endovenous Chemical Ablation?

What is Endovenous Chemical Ablation Like?

Is There Any Downtime?

What Results Can I Expect from
Endovenous Chemical Ablation?

During an endovenous chemical ablation, a chemical irritant called a sclerosant is injected under ultrasound guidance into a varicose vein that is not visible to the naked eye while Dr. Robert Cutchen observes the injection process on the ultrasound screen. The sclerosant damages the lining of the vein wall, collapses the vein, and eventually leads to the body reabsorbing the destroyed vein over the course of months.

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. This particular treatment is ideal for varicose veins that are not visible to the naked eye. Even if these veins are not bulging out, they can still cause symptoms and patients benefit from their elimination.

Endovenous chemical ablation is a safe and effective treatment performed right in the comfort and convenience of our office, just like our other state-of-the-art vein procedures, during a 30-minute appointment. With the patient lying down, we use ultrasound to identify the varicose veins that need treatment. Next, the vein is injected with a foamy, frothy sclerosant under ultrasound guidance, which ensures that Dr. Cutchen accurately and precisely injects the foam into the diseased vein.

Patients can expect to resume normal activities immediately. The patient may note that some of the treated veins feel firm or lumpy and this resolves over the course of months. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 1-2 weeks.  Patients will be seen in follow-up at 3-6 weeks and 6 months.

The vast majority of patients notice a significant improvement of symptoms after having vein treatment. After the procedure, you may have a few areas of tenderness. You will be required to wear compression stockings during your recovery period for a prescribed amount of time and should walk for 30 minutes daily for 3-4 weeks.

During an endovenous chemical ablation, a chemical irritant called a sclerosant is injected under ultrasound guidance into a varicose vein that is not visible to the naked eye while Dr. Robert Cutchen observes the injection process on the ultrasound screen. The sclerosant damages the lining of the vein wall, collapses the vein, and eventually leads to the body reabsorbing the destroyed vein over the course of months.

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. This particular treatment is ideal for varicose veins that are not visible to the naked eye. Even if these veins are not bulging out, they can still cause symptoms and patients benefit from their elimination.

Endovenous chemical ablation is a safe and effective treatment performed right in the comfort and convenience of our office, just like our other state-of-the-art vein procedures, during a 30-minute appointment. With the patient lying down, we use ultrasound to identify the varicose veins that need treatment. Next, the vein is injected with a foamy, frothy sclerosant under ultrasound guidance, which ensures that Dr. Cutchen accurately and precisely injects the foam into the diseased vein.

Patients can expect to resume normal activities immediately. The patient may note that some of the treated veins feel firm or lumpy and this resolves over the course of months. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for 1-2 weeks.  Patients will be seen in follow-up at 3-6 weeks and 6 months.

The vast majority of patients notice a significant improvement of symptoms after having vein treatment. After the procedure, you may have a few areas of tenderness. You will be required to wear compression stockings during your recovery period for a prescribed amount of time and should walk for 30 minutes daily for 3-4 weeks.

If you would like to learn more about our vein treatments, including Endovenous Chemical Ablation, 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.