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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Specialists

Precision Vascular -  - Vascular & Vein Center

Precision Vascular

Vascular & Vein Centers located in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, & McKinney, Texas

Pelvic congestion syndrome is a condition thought to affect more than 30% of women in their childbearing years, but in those women who experience symptoms, getting a diagnosis can be a challenge. The experts at Precision Vascular have considerable experience of diagnosing and treating pelvic congestion syndrome at their branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas. If you have undiagnosed chronic pelvic pain, call the practice nearest you today or request an appointment online.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Q & A

What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

Pelvic congestion syndrome is a painful condition where the veins in your pelvis fill up with blood.

This happens because of faults in the system of one-way valves in your veins. These valves should prevent blood from flowing back toward your heart, but if they can’t make a good seal, blood trickles back through. 

The cause of pelvic congestion syndrome is the same problem that causes varicose veins in your legs.

Pelvic congestion syndrome typically affects women between 20 and 50, although not all of them experience symptoms.

Why Would I Get Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

You’re at a higher risk of developing pelvic congestion syndrome if you have:

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Women with PCOS have small cysts or fluid-filled growths on their ovaries. These cause hormonal imbalances that result in a range of symptoms and can lead to pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Two or more pregnancies: Pelvic congestion syndrome is a common problem for women who have had multiple pregnancies.
  • Hormonal Imbalances: An excess of the female sex hormone estrogen causes pelvic veins to dilate, which can lead to pelvic congestion syndrome. Common causes for increased levels of estrogen include obesity and the onset of menopause.
  • Varicose Veins: Pelvic congestion syndrome is essentially varicose veins in the pelvis, so it’s not uncommon to have both.

 

One of the problems with pelvic congestion syndrome is that it can get missed during a pelvic exam. This happens because lying down for the exam takes the pressure off your ovarian veins. That means they don’t bulge as noticeably as they would if you were standing.

It can sometimes take many years of investigations for chronic pelvic pain before receiving the correct diagnosis.

How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Treated?

At Precision Vascular, treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome involves a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedure called ovarian vein embolization (OVE).

During ovarian vein embolization, your provider inserts a thin catheter or tube to close off the swollen veins in your pelvis. Once the veins are closed off, blood can’t pool in them anymore, so your blood flows more healthily again.

Your Precision Vascular provider uses a catheter that is tiny enough to fit through an incision the size of a grain of rice. Therefore, you feel very little discomfort and have minimal scarring.

The procedure takes 30-120 minutes, depending on how many veins need treating, but you can go home right afterward. It takes only a few days for the wound to heal and for you to get back to your regular daily routine.  

If you think you might have pelvic congestion syndrome, call Precision Vascular today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.