Treatment for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome in Denver
The Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists possess the most experience of any practice in the Denver metro area in treating pelvic congestion syndrome, which is a common cause of chronic pelvic pain. Unfortunately, many women have a difficult time in getting an accurate diagnosis of their pelvic congestion syndrome, which can lead to years of discomfort and unnecessary attempts at treatment.
Causes and Symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
The true cause of this form of pelvic pain actually has to do with the vascular system rather than the reproductive system. The constellation of symptoms that are associated with pelvic congestion syndrome are a result of varicose veins in the pelvis that continually worsen over time, particularly when the woman:
- Experiences her regular menstrual cycle
- Has multiple pregnancies
- Is standing for long periods of time
- Engages in sexual intercourse
It is also common for women with pelvic congestion syndrome to notice bulging veins across the pelvic region, and to frequently feel a heavy or full sensation of the pelvis. There are multiple other health conditions that can influence pelvic congestion syndrome and its symptoms, which often causes such symptoms to worsen. These related conditions include:
- May Thurner syndrome
- Stress incontinence
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Our Diagnostic Process
A large part of diagnosing pelvic congestion syndrome relies on patients being vocal about their symptoms. Because chronic pelvic pain can be attributed to several different conditions, it can be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis if the individual does not give as many details as possible about her discomfort and related health history.
In addition to providing information about your symptoms, it is also common for our specialists to perform diagnostic imaging scans such as a CT or MRI in order to gain a clear depiction of the veins within the pelvis. If such scans reveal areas of pooling blood (which occurs as a result of venous insufficiency) in addition to the existence of symptoms listed above, then it is often determined that the individual does in fact have pelvic congestion syndrome.
Venogram with Embolization Treatment
In order to correct issues of venous insufficiency, our specialists perform a minimally invasive procedure to embolize the problematic veins. This procedure involves injecting an embolic fluid into the diseased vein, which seals it and subsequently redirects the blood flow to other, competent veins in order to re-route the blood away from the pelvis to provide relief.
The entire venogram with embolization is quite simple, and is performed as an outpatient procedure in a hospital with the patient under conscious sedation. No incision is required for the venogram with embolization to be performed, and recovery from the procedure is also quite minimal with only a small amount of pelvic discomfort to be expected during the first couple of weeks afterward. All patients should refrain from heavy lifting of 25 pounds or more during this period of time.
Our Expertise in Treating Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
The MIPS Center specifically treats more than 80 patients per year for pelvic congestion syndrome using venogram with embolization. We expect that this number will only continue to grow as more and more women become educated about pelvic congestion syndrome, its symptoms, and the fact that it is indeed treatable.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our minimally invasive procedure specialists regarding the potential diagnosis or treatment of your chronic pelvic pain, please call (303) 805-7477 today. You can also request an appointment online using our secure contact form.