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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

ImageCare Radiology is a trusted provider of specialized treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome. Understanding the complexities associated with chronic pelvic pain, we are committed to offering advanced diagnostic and therapeutic options to alleviate this often-misunderstood condition.

What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

Pelvic congestion syndrome is a medical condition often characterized by chronic pain in the lower abdomen, pelvic region, and back. It is believed to result from ovarian and pelvic varicose veins where dilated veins allow blood to pool, leading to increased vein size and persistent pain. Identifying and treating this syndrome can be challenging due to the potential overlap with other causes of pelvic pain, which is why expert diagnosis and treatment are essential.

What is Pelvic Vein Embolization?

At ImageCare Radiology, we provide a procedure known as ovarian or pelvic vein embolization to address the root cause of pelvic congestion syndrome. This minimally invasive treatment effectively blocks blood flow in the enlarged, faulty veins responsible for pain, allowing the body to naturally reroute blood through healthier vascular pathways.

How Does a Pelvic Vein Embolization Procedure Work?

The pelvic vein embolization procedure is a precise and carefully executed process. It starts with a local anesthetic applied to the hip region, followed by a tiny incision no larger than half the width of a fingernail. A catheter is then inserted into a vein in the groin and maneuvered under X-ray guidance into an ovarian vein. A dye is used to confirm the backflow of blood into the ovarian and pelvic veins. If significant venous reflux is present, the interventional radiologist will proceed with embolization using coils or a vein-occluding substance to halt blood flow in the problematic veins.

Typically, both ovarian veins are treated in one session, which lasts about 1 to 2 hours. Some patients may require an overnight hospital stay, with most returning to normal activities within a few days post-procedure.

What are the Benefits of Pelvic Vein Embolization?

Patients who undergo pelvic vein embolization can expect numerous benefits, including significant relief from chronic pelvic pain. The procedure aims to reduce the size of pelvic varicose veins, alleviating discomfort in the pelvis, genital region, and thighs. It is a preferred alternative to more invasive treatments, such as surgical ligation or hysterectomy, due to its minimally invasive nature, fewer risks, and shorter recovery time.

Torso of a Woman in a White Sweater and Pants with Her Hands Clasped Over Her Pelvic Area and a Red Aura to Indicate Pain

Contact Us for Pelvic Vein Embolization Procedures

With multiple medical imaging facilities, ImageCare Radiology is readily accessible to provide you with high-quality care and advanced treatments for pelvic congestion syndrome. If you are experiencing pelvic pain and suspect it may be due to pelvic congestion syndrome, we invite you to contact us to learn more about our pelvic vein embolization procedure.

Our caring team is ready to guide you through the process of diagnosis and treatment, ensuring you receive the most effective care tailored to your specific needs. Schedule your appointment today and take a significant step toward living a life free from chronic pelvic pain. At ImageCare Radiology, your health and comfort are our priorities, and we are here to support you every step of the way.