Q&A – Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and Pelvic Vein Embolization

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS) is a condition that significantly impacts the lives of many women, especially during their childbearing years. This syndrome, characterized by chronic pelvic pain and discomfort, arises due to enlarged veins in the pelvis, akin to varicose veins. The symptoms of PCS not only cause physical distress but also affect the emotional well-being and daily activities of those afflicted. Understanding PCS, its symptoms, and available treatment options is crucial for effective management and improved quality of life.

Doctor Discusses Pelvic Congestion Syndrome with Patient

What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS)?

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome occurs when veins in the pelvis become enlarged, leading to reduced blood flow and chronic pain. It is most common in women of childbearing age, especially those who have had children or have a family history of PCS.

What are the common symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

Symptoms include pelvic pain that worsens throughout the day, during menstruation, after sexual activity, or after certain physical activities. Other symptoms can include a swollen vulva, varicose veins in the genital region or legs, hemorrhoids, low back pain, vaginal discharge, abnormal vaginal bleeding, fatigue, and urinary frequency or incontinence.

What is Pelvic Vein Embolization?

Pelvic vein embolization is a minimally invasive, non-surgical outpatient procedure. It involves using a catheter to insert tiny plugs and a sclerosing agent into the affected pelvic veins to reduce abnormal blood flow and alleviate pain.

How long does the Pelvic Vein Embolization procedure take?

The procedure takes just over an hour, under mild to moderate sedation. Patients are typically monitored for a few hours post-procedure and can usually return to normal activities within a week.

What percentage of patients experience symptom improvement after Pelvic Vein Embolization?

More than 75% of patients report improvement in their symptoms following the procedure.

What are the considerations for choosing Pelvic Vein Embolization as a treatment?

Treatment options depend on the severity and nature of symptoms. Embolization is often preferred when PCS is diagnosed, due to its minimally invasive nature and effectiveness.

Why is it important not to delay consultation for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome symptoms?

Delaying consultation can prolong suffering and impact daily life significantly. Women often prioritize others’ needs over their own healthcare, but addressing PCS symptoms promptly can lead to effective pain management and improved quality of life.

What can patients expect during a consultation for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

Patients will receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan. If pelvic vein embolization is not suitable, other treatment options will be explored. The process includes managing procedure-related discomfort and a comprehensive follow-up plan.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms suggestive of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, don’t let uncertainty or busy schedules delay the path to relief. Early consultation and treatment can significantly improve the quality of life and reduce the chronic discomfort associated with PCS. 

Reach out today  

At Preferred Fibroid and Vascular Center, we recognize the profound impact that PCS can have on a woman’s life. Our commitment is to provide comprehensive care and the latest in treatment options, including the minimally invasive Pelvic Vein Embolization. This innovative procedure offers relief from the debilitating symptoms of PCS, enabling women to reclaim their lives with minimal disruption. Our experienced team will guide you through every step of the process, from initial consultation to post-treatment care, ensuring a supportive and informed journey towards recovery.

Take that vital step towards regaining control of your health and well-being. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and explore how Pelvic Vein Embolization or other suitable treatment options can alleviate your symptoms and restore your comfort. Your health matters, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Reach out now and start your journey to a pain-free life.