Dr. Brooke Spencer is an interventional radiologist at Minimally Invasive Procedures Specialist (MIPS) in Denver, CO and was featured on the BackTable VI Podcast, where she was asked several question on how to start a successful vein practice, tools and techniques she uses for her patients and more!
Listen to the podcast here:
BackTable VI Podcast
Learn more about Dr. Spencer’s education, experience in treating patients and about her practice:
Dr. Brooke Spencer, MD, FSIR
See what treatment Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists offer:
Treatment that is provided at MIPS
If you have been distressed recently and noticed the appearance of little red and blue lines on your legs, don’t panic. Yes, you are young, healthy, and quite fit, so why would you see those “old lady” spider veins?
You may not like how they look, but the fact is they are really nothing to become upset about, and they happen to be quite normal. With that said, there are some facts you should know about spider veins even if you are young.
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Here comes the cooler weather where you can go back to wearing long pants and leggings — but don’t just cover your varicose veins up! A better choice is to start treatment now because Autumn is one of the best times of year to treat your varicose veins.
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Women with uterine fibroids are often told hysterectomy is their only option, but that is not the case. Uterine Fibroid Embolization, or UFE, is a non-surgical option to treat this sometimes painful condition. If you are experiencing the painful symptoms of fibroids, keep reading to learn about UFE and how it can help.
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Yes, of course, varicose veins can be unsightly and cause us to cover our legs even in warmer weather. We may try to hide them, but they are still there and can be affecting our vascular health. Here are a few reasons why varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic issue.
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Pelvic pain is an extremely common symptom, especially in women. Discomfort within the lower abdomen and pelvic region could be a result of an abnormality or illness relating to a variety of key bodily systems and functions. Most often, this type of pain is typically related to the reproductive system, digestive, urinary system, or the musculoskeletal system.
What Activities May Worsen Pelvic Pain?
Generally, pelvic pain is described to either be a dull yet constant pain, or a sudden, sharp pain. If the pain is consistently present over a long period of time, it is classified as chronic pelvic pain. If the opposite is true, then the patient is likely to suffer from acute pelvic pain. Most individuals will notice that their pelvic pain becomes more intense as they engage in certain activities. For example, if the source of your pelvic pain is your digestive system, then you may experience more pain after consuming certain foods or drinks. It is also common for pelvic pain to worsen during sexual intercourse or while urinating.
Potential Causes of Pelvic Pain
- Menstrual cramping
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Pregnancy complications
- Ovarian disorders such as the presence of potentially cancerous cysts
- Pelvic congestion syndrome
Another likely source to pelvic pain, a person’s urinary system can encounter several different conditions or abnormalities, such as:
- Urinary tract infection
- Interstitial cystitis
- Kidney stones
It is also possible for pelvic pain to be a result of a deformity or injury to muscles, tendons, or ligaments located around the pelvis. This can often be a result of situations like:
- Levator syndrome (recurring spasms of the levator ani muscle)
- Loss of control or strength in the pelvic floor muscles
Schedule Your Pelvic Pain Consultation at MIPS Center Today
Although any general discomfort of the pelvis can be described as pelvic pain, it is especially important to seek treatment from MIPS Center if your pain begins to worsen or become severe. Please call (303) 805-7477 today to schedule an appointment!
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Effective April 29th, 2019, our new location will be 8671 South Quebec Street, Suite #200, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130.
The new building is conveniently located off of Quebec St and C-470, and adjacent to King Soopers. The phone and fax numbers are the same.
We look forward to continuing to serve patients at our new location.
Jessica Mares has suffered with gynecologic issues her entire life, including excruciating pelvic pain. Over the years, the now 40-year-old Littleton resident has had surgery to treat her endometriosis as well as a hysterectomy at age 24-and still the pain persisted (and got progressively worse) for the next two decades.
“You start thinking, ‘Am I crazy?’ Because no one can figure out what’s wrong with you,” Mares says. That’s when her gynecologist determined the pain could be caused by a condition called pelvic venous congestion (PVC). She was referred to Brooke Spencer, MD, an interventional radiologist at Littleton Adventist Hospital, who confirmed this was the case, and that Mares’ iliac vein, located deep within the pelvis, was compressed. The vein is supposed to be open just 3 millimeters. Spencer was able to treat it by making a tiny nick in Mares’ upper thigh and then guiding a tiny flexible tube to the vein. Once there, she used a stent to open the vein. Two days later, Mares was already out doing yard work.
“A lot of people have this condition and don’t even know it, and I was one of them for years,” she says. “But I’m so thankful this is helping me now!”