Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS)
Over 50 million women in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain in their lower abdomen. It may be pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) which occurs when varicose veins form in the pelvic region. PCS may be missed because the veins may not be visible on the surface. For many women, finally getting a proper diagnosis and treatment for PCS is an overwhelming relief.
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Pelvic congestion syndrome can be difficult to diagnose, but our physicians have experience identifying and treating this often overlooked condition. If you are living with pain or discomfort in the pelvic region over a period of time, it might be PCS.
Symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Pelvic pain can be due to a number of causes. However, if some of the following symptoms are familiar, you may have PCS.
- Dull ache in the pelvic area and lower back
- Pain gets worse during the day, especially if you are on your feet
- Pain is worse during your period, after sex, or after exercising
- Pain or discomfort during sex
- Varicose veins in the genital region or legs
- Swollen vulva
Ovarian Vein Embolization (OVE) / Pelvic Vein Embolization (PVE)
We can treat varicose veins on the ovaries or in other areas of the pelvis with embolization. OVE and PVE are minimally invasive procedures that block off the blood supply to the veins which may be causing the pain. This causes them to collapse and close. Once the problem veins are sealed, blood will no longer collect in them, and the symptoms of pain, aching, heaviness, and swelling will stop. The veins do not need to be removed. They will eventually shrink on their own.
The procedure is done in our facility, and you return home the same day. There is very little downtime after OVE or PVE. You’ll be able to return to normal activities quickly. This technique can provide significant improvement in relieving, and in many cases, eliminating symptoms.