Treatment for painful pelvic varices
Embolization for pelvic congestion (ovarian vein embolization) is an interventional radiology procedure used to treat painful pelvic varices. Pelvic varices are enlarged veins in the lower abdomen.
During embolization for pelvic congestion, the interventional radiologist inserts a catheter through a small nick in the femoral vein in the groin or internal jugular vein in the neck, then guides it through the vascular system to the ovarian vein. Using fluoroscopy, the catheter is guided to the area of enlarged veins. There, the catheter is used to deposit embolic agents such as coils, gelfoam, and/or sclerosant.
You can have pelvic varices and have no symptoms. When you do have symptoms of pelvic pain and heaviness (especially with prolonged standing) then there is concern that you may have pelvic congestion syndrome.
The diagnosis of pelvic congestion is made based on your symptoms and diagnostic studies which may include:
Please call our interventional team at (512) 467-XRAY or (512) 467-9729 to schedule a physician consultation.
Follow-up appointments will be scheduled 1 month after the procedure and possibly again at 3 to 6 months.
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