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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is a condition in women in which there is reflux or abnormal blood flow through the veins or blood vessels that carry blood away from the ovaries and uterus. This causes veins in the pelvis to engorge. Patients complain of symptoms of chronic, non-cyclical pain in the pelvis that is described as a constant dull ache. The pain is made worse by prolonged standing, at the end of the day, and is worsened during or immediately after sexual intercourse. It also significantly worsens with pregnancy. Varicose veins can develop on the genitalia and upper thighs.

Interventional Radiology Specialists, Inc. offers a minimally invasive treatment to pelvic congestion syndrome known as ovarian vein embolization or gonadal vein embolization. In this procedure, a small needle stick is made in the blood vessel of the groin or neck to allow passage of a small tube or catheter. The catheter is navigated through the blood vessels and into the ovarian vein. Small coils or chemicals are injected through the catheter and into the blood vessels. This eliminates the reflux in the veins and causes the engorged veins to shrink. The procedure is usually performed on an out patient basis, and the patients are discharged the same day. Some patients have mild pelvic pain after the procedure.

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