Pelvic Congestion Syndrome a general medical term to describe a condition affecting the quality of life and productivity of over 10 million women in the US who experience chronic pelvic pain with no identified cause. The doctors at Vascular Health Institute in Dallas, TX specialize in treating pelvic pain. Call or book an appointment online today.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS) is a debilitating medical condition, affecting the lives of over 10 million American women. It is often caused by dilated ovarian veins. Those affected often suffer for years until the source of the pain is identified by a qualified physician who understands the condition and can treat it.
The most common cause of pelvic congestion syndrome is dilated ovarian veins. Increased blood flow in the pelvis during pregnancy can cause the veins to become dilated, and develop varicosities, leading to excess blood to backup and pool the veins. This pooling can lead to a feeling of heaviness, pressure, and pain. This pain can be extreme and debilatating in some cases.
Women of childbearing age who have had at least one child are most commonly affected.
Symptoms include pain in the pelvis or lower abdomen, fullness in the pelvis or upper legs, and pain during sexual intercourse.
Diagnostic imaging such as CT or Ultrasound can identify dilated pelvic veins and aid your doctor in making a diagnosis and developing a treatment plan for you.
Dilatated pelvic veins can be treated in the office using minimally invasive techniques like vein embolization, in which the doctor treats the affected vein through a small catheter he inserts through a tiny incision. The procedure usually takes less than two hours; recovery is a couple of hours, and you can go home the same day and be back to normal activity the next day. Most patients report immediate, long-lasting relief from pain.