Dr. Wright Explains The Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Board certified vascular surgeon Dr. Ken Wright at The Vein and Vascular Institute is a pelvic congestion syndrome specialist who can help put an end to your chronic pelvic pain caused by pelvic congestion syndrome.
In this video, Dr. Wright explains what pelvic congestion syndrome is, its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
“I’m Dr. Ken Wright, I’m one of the board certified vascular surgeons here at The Vein and Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay.
I’d like to take a moment today to talk to you about Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.
This is a syndrome that is mainly characterized by chronic pelvic pain.
Chronic pelvic pain is defined as pain that is either continuous or intermittent for 3-6 months.
Most of these patients are referred to us by gynecologists, but they may also be referred to us by their primary care physicians.
Once we see you, we then do a work up to see if you are suffering from Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.
So, what exactly is that?
Essentially, what it is, the veins are designed to carry blood out of the lower part of our body up back to our heart and that includes the pelvic organs. The uterus and the ovaries specifically.
What happens is, instead of that blood being carried up, it’s leaking back down.
Now, this happens for several different reasons.
One, it can be issues with hormones.
Two, it can be venous compression.
Three, it can be the veins leaking. Why I’m saying leaking, what’s happening is, like I said the veins carry blood up. They do that through a series of one-way valves that normally open and close.
In certain situations, instead of opening and closing, those valves stay open and the blood leaks back down with gravity.
This causes pain in the pelvis, pelvic fullness, heavy menstrual cycles, pain with intercourse that they’ve worked up and can’t find other causes for.
If patients have those symptoms, we then start with some simple ultrasounds that we do here at the office.
Once we get the ultrasounds back, we go over those with the patient and we talk about what our treatment options are.
One of the easiest treatments that we have is a coiling of that leaking vein that I was talking about earlier.
We do it here in our endovascular suite. That procedure takes anywhere from 25-45 minutes.
You recover for about 20-35 minutes, and then you go home. It really is that easy.
This is a condition that is commonly misdiagnosed, or the diagnosis is delayed.
So, if you feel like you’re suffering from any of the symptoms I mentioned earlier, please reach out to us or your gynecologist or your primary care physician to receive a referral.”
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Through a small puncture, our vascular surgeons can access the malfunctioning ovarian vein which is causing pooling of the blood in the pelvic area. Through this tiny puncture a thin platinum wire is inserted into the diseased vein to essentially shut off blood flow through the vein.
By shutting off blood flow in the malfunctioning vein, blood can no longer backflow down into the pelvic area and accumulate. The veins in the pelvic area will no longer experience blood pooling and pressure thereby relieving the feeling of pain and pressure in the pelvic area.
If you have been suffering from chronic pelvic pain which is continuous or intermittent for 3-6 months, you may be suffering from pelvic congestion syndrome.
At The Vein and Vascular Institute, our board certified vascular surgeons can help diagnose pelvic congestion syndrome right in our offices, using the most advanced ultrasound technology.
Pelvic congestion syndrome treatment is a quick outpatient procedure that is performed in our outpatient surgery suites using minimally-invasive endovascular surgery methods.
To schedule a consultation with one of our board certified vascular surgeons to help determine if you are suffering from pelvic congestion syndrome, call (813) 999-3992.