Why do some women choose Pelvic Vein Embolization?

Pelvic vein embolization (PVE) is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat various conditions that affect the pelvic veins, such as pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) and varicose veins in the pelvis. PVE has been found to be an effective treatment option for many women, and it is becoming increasingly popular as a means of managing the symptoms associated with these conditions.

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What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome? 

Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is a condition that occurs when the veins in the pelvis become dilated, leading to chronic pain and discomfort. Symptoms of PCS include pelvic pain, which may be dull or sharp, and may be constant or intermittent. Other symptoms may include a feeling of heaviness or pressure in the pelvis, lower back pain, and painful periods.

Varicose veins in the pelvis, also known as ovarian varices, are dilated veins that develop in the ovaries or the broad ligament of the uterus. These varices can cause chronic pelvic pain, heavy periods and infertility.

Pelvic Vein Embolization

One of the primary reasons women choose PVE is that it is a less invasive alternative to surgery. Unlike surgery, PVE does not require a hospital stay or general anesthesia. It is typically done as an outpatient procedure and recovery time is typically shorter.

Another reason women choose PVE is that it is highly effective in treating the symptoms of PCS and pelvic varicose veins. Studies have shown that PVE can reduce or eliminate pelvic pain and discomfort in the majority of patients.

PVE is also a good option for women who are not candidates for surgery due to medical reasons. For example, women who have had previous surgeries or have other medical conditions that make surgery risky, may be better suited for PVE.

PVE can also be beneficial for women who are trying to conceive. PCS and varicose veins in the pelvis can cause infertility, and PVE can improve the chances of conception by improving the blood flow to the ovaries.

PVE is a safe and effective procedure, but as with any medical treatment, there are potential risks and side effects. Some women may experience mild cramping or discomfort during or after the procedure. In rare cases, there may be complications such as bleeding or infection.

Is PVE right for you? 

PVE is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide relief from the symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) and varicose veins in the pelvis. The procedure is less invasive than surgery and has a high success rate in reducing or eliminating pelvic pain and discomfort. It can also be beneficial for women who are trying to conceive. If you are experiencing symptoms of PCS or varicose veins in the pelvis, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider to discuss whether PVE is a suitable treatment option for you.

An informative and caring process

Our patients want to make informed decisions about treatment with a trusted, world-class medical group that supports an effective pain management plan. 

We have responded with processes that are minimally invasive and limit your loss of work and personal time. Our experienced physicians and staff keep you informed at each step of the process. 

We always provide a personalized evaluation, treatment, and pain management plan. Our support continues after treatment with a comprehensive follow up plan. 

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