Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Specialist

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Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group

Vein Specialist located in Beverly Grove & Santa Monica, Los Angeles, & Glendale, CA

Pelvic congestion syndrome is a common condition that causes chronic pelvic pain. It occurs because of problems with circulation in the veins in the pelvic region. Often, treatment involves minimally invasive catheter-based procedures that can be performed in the outpatient setting. If you have unexplained chronic pelvic pain, schedule a consultation with Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group experts, serving Beverly Hills and the Greater Los Angeles area from office locations in Beverly Grove, Santa Monica, and Glendale, California. They are experts at diagnosing and treating pelvic congestion syndrome. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Q & A

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What is pelvic congestion syndrome?

Pelvic congestion syndrome is a condition that develops when you have problems with circulation in the veins in your pelvic area. 

Your veins push blood back to your heart and lungs. With pelvic congestion syndrome, the veins in your lower abdominal area struggle to return the blood, allowing the blood to pool. This pooling may cause the veins to enlarge, creating enlarged varicose veins. 

Pelvic congestion syndrome is more common in women, especially those who’ve given birth to more than one child. 

What are the symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome?

Chronic pelvic pain, which lasts six or more months, is the most common symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome. In women, the pain may start during or after pregnancy and worsen over time. 

The type of pain you feel may range from a heavy aching sensation to sharp, severe pain. With pelvic congestion syndrome, you might notice your pain worsens with movement, during sex, or when walking or standing for long periods.

Other symptoms include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • An irritable bladder that leads to urinary incontinence
  • The appearance of vaginal varicose veins
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Varicose veins at the top of your inner thighs

Though pelvic pain is common in women, you should schedule a consultation with Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group if you have these other symptoms.

How is pelvic congestion syndrome diagnosed?

The highly skilled surgeons at Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group conduct a comprehensive exam to diagnose pelvic congestion syndrome. Your doctor asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, and pregnancy history during your exam. 

They conduct a physical exam and perform a Doppler ultrasound to assess circulation through the veins in your pelvic region. They may also perform a CT scan, MRI, or pelvic venography. 

Pelvic venography is a minimally invasive X-ray that provides the most definitive information about your pelvic veins to get an accurate diagnosis. 

How is pelvic congestion syndrome treated?

Treatment for your pelvic congestion syndrome may depend on the severity of your symptoms and related circulation problems. Your doctor at Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group works closely with your other health care providers to ensure you get the best care.

To improve circulation and ease your pain, the Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group surgeons may perform sclerotherapy or embolization to destroy the damaged vein. After these procedures, your body reroutes blood flow through healthier veins to ease symptoms. 

Find out more about pelvic congestion syndrome by calling Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group or schedule a consultation online today.