Midwest Institute for Non-Surgical Therapy
Vascular and Endovascular Specialist located in St. Louis, MO; Evergreen Park, IL; Chicago, IL; Swansea, IL.
Pelvic Congestive Syndrome
Pelvic Congestive Syndrome is chronic pelvic pain affecting millions of women worldwide that is a result of varicose veins in the pelvis. Similar to varicose veins in the legs, varicose veins in the pelvis are caused by valves that allow blood to flow backwards, resulting in enlarged veins that cause inflammation and trigger adjacent nerves, producing pain.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is difficult to diagnose and many women suffer for years from pelvic congestion before receiving a diagnosis. If you have had chronic pelvic pain for more than 6 months, you may be suffering from Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. Other possible symptoms include:
- Dull, aching pain in the lower abdomen and back
- Pain that increases after intercourse, during menstruation, during pregnancy, and after periods of extended standing
- Varicose veins on the vulva, buttocks, or thighs
- Vagnial discharge
- Abnormal menstrual bleeding
- Irritable bladder
Pelvic congestion can be determined from an ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan. The diagnosis of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome should then be confirmed with a venogram. MINT performs venograms by injecting dye into the veins and using x-ray imaging to determine whether or not the blood flows backwards. If a diagnosis of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is made, it can be treated simultaneously with the venogram.
Treating Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
At MINT, we utilize embolization therapy to treat Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. Through the use of small catheters, coils are delivered to the veins which stop the backwards flow of blood in the pelvis. This procedure is minimally-invasive and allows patients to go home the same day and recover quickly. If you have been diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome or have been suffering from pelvic pain, call MINT and schedule a consultation today! We have clinics in St. Louis, MO, Wentzville, MO, Swansea, IL, Evergreen Park, IL, and Chicago, IL.
Why Choose Embolization Therapy?
- Embolization therapy has a success rate of 98-100% in pelvic congestion cases
- Symptom improvements occur in 70-85% of women
- Quick relief occurs within 2-4 weeks after the procedure
- Safer and less invasive than surgery
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