What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is a painful condition where the veins of the pelvis become enlarged due to an excess buildup of blood in them. This buildup is typically caused by valves in the veins failing to work properly. When this happens, blood can no longer circulate like it should, leading to a buildup of blood in the veins.

Risk Factors for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

If any of the following apply to you, that means you could be at risk

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Polycystic Ovaries

This condition, in which a woman has small cysts (fluid-filled growths), on her ovaries, which are not harmful themselves, can lead to hormonal imbalances that result in Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

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2 or More Pregnancies

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is common in women who have been pregnant multiple times

 

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Hormonal Imbalances

Excess estrogen causes pelvic veins to dialate and can lead to Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. Common causes for increased estrogen include insulin resistance, the onset of menopause and obesity

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Varicose Veins

Since Pelvic Congestion Syndrome affects veins in the pelvis in much the same way as varicose veins affect veins in the legs, the two conditions often occur together

Ovarian Vein Embolization (OVE)

A state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedure performed by our expert doctors

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What is OVE?

Ovarian Vein Embolization is a procedure where a doctor inserts a thin catheter to close off swollen veins in the pelvis, thus preventing them from continuing to swell with blood.

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Minimally Invasive

The procedure only requires a small nick in the skin, about the size of a grain of rice. This means less pain and virtually no scarring. Plus, you can usually get back to your daily activities in just a few days!

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Outpatient Procedure

Since OVE is such a minimally invasive procedure, you can go home the same day! In fact, the actual procedure typically only takes 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the severity of the case.

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Common Questions

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Will the Procedure Hurt?

Before the procedure, local anesthetic is applied to the area where the catheter will be inserted. Plus, you will be given a sedative to help you relax before the procedure.

How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Diagnosed?

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is often diagnosed using pelvic ultrasound imaging or MRIs, as well as through a patient's medical history. Less commonly, other methods of diagnosis may be necessary.

What Are the Success Rates of OVE?

Ovarian Vein Embolization is a safe, effective procedure with a very high success rate. In fact, 90% of women who undergo the procedure reported an improvement of their symptoms.

How do I prepare for the procedure?

We will carefully explain instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. We will also provide you with written instructions.

At Precision VIR, Excellent Patient Care Is Our Passion

Our specialists will take the time to answer your questions about Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and your treatment options.

Request an appointment if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms

  • Irritable bladder
  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Varicose veins on vulva, buttocks or thigh
  • Pain often increases during the following times:
    • Following intercourse
    • Menstrual periods
    • When tired or when standing (worse at end of day)
    • Pregnancy 

To schedule an appointment please call us at 214-382-3200 or complete the form.

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Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice.