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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
It is estimated that a third of all women will experience chronic pelvic pain during their lifetime. PCS is a chronic, often cyclic, pain located in the pelvic region for women. It is similar to varicose veins in the legs where the valves in the veins, that help return blood to the heart, become weakened, and don’t close properly.
This allows blood to flow backward and pool in the veins, causing pressure and bulging veins. In the pelvis, varicose veins can cause pain and affect the uterus, ovaries, and vulva. At Premier Medical Groups we offer a comprehensive screening to diagnose if you have PCS.
Women may experience a constant dull and aching pain which may become more acute. The pain may worsen during or after sexual intercourse or at the start of a menstrual cycle. The pain may also worsen at the end of the day, especially after standing for long periods of time.
Diagnosing your PCS can be done with U/S, pelvic venogram, or CT (computer tomography).
At PMG, Dr. Quickert, who is a board-certified interventional radiologist, will treat your PCS with a minimally invasive procedure (OVE) with less risk, less pain, less recovery time, and lower cost than traditional surgery.
Ovarian Vein Embolism is a same-day procedure. Dr. Quickert will gain access thru a large vein in the groin, using a small catheter, which is a flexible tube like a strand of spaghetti. The catheter will be directed to the area of concern allowing Dr. Quickert to introduce embolic agents and/or devices, that seal off the vein and relieve the painful pressure.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
The chronic pain that is associated with pelvic congestion syndrome is usually dull and achy. For women, it may often increase:
- During or following intercourse or exercise
- Before or during menstrual periods
- When you are tired or have been standing for long periods of time (usually worse at the end of the day)
- During pregnancy
Other Symptoms in Women May Include
- Irritable bladder
- Abnormal menstrual bleeding
- Lower Back Pain
- Irritable Bladder (urgent, frequent need to urinate)
- Varicose veins on the vulva, buttocks, or thigh area (symptoms may decrease with bathing or swimming)
Treatment for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Once a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Quickert treats PCS in a minimally invasive manner, similar to the way in which he treats varicose veins in the legs. Using X-ray or ultrasound guidance, he inserts a catheter into your venous system and guides it to the affected area and closes the vein that is the cause of your symptoms. After treatment, you may return to normal activities 24 hours later.
If you have undiagnosed pelvic pain you think may be pelvic congestion syndrome, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Will Insurance Pay for My Treatment?
Unfortunately, many insurance carriers deem Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and its treatment as investigational, and therefore will not authorize for the procedure to be done.
This MAY be covered by your insurance. It will likely require a pre authorization. If it is NOT covered, Premier Medical Groups offers cash discounts and payment plans to help work with your budget.