Pelvic congestion syndrome is caused by malfunctioning valves in the pelvic veins. When the veins weaken, the blood could flow backward toward the pelvis instead of toward the heart. This causes blood to pool in the pelvis, causing pain in the uterus, ovaries, and back. It is most common in women who are in their childbearing years.
The Vascular Institute of Virginia offers ovarian vein embolization, a minimally invasive procedure that can close off these faulty veins and relieve symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome. Learn more about how this beneficial treatment can help you.
How Does OVE Work?
OVE is minimally invasive, but the surgeon will use general anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and still during the procedure. A catheter will be inserted into your jugular vein and down into the targeted veins, where it will deliver coils with Dacron filaments to seal off the veins. Once the veins decompress, you will begin to feel relief.
What Is Recovery Like?
Following the procedure, you will remain on site for the next few hours. You will likely experience some cramping in the pelvic region that will slowly improve over the next several days. Your doctor should prescribe you pain medications to keep you comfortable.
Recovery will take one to two weeks, after which you can return to your daily activities.
Who Is a Candidate for OVE?
If you have been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome by an endovascular specialist, your doctor can determine if you would benefit from OVE. The ideal candidate is women who are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pelvic pain when sitting or standing
- Veins that bulge on the buttocks or thighs
- Abnormally painful menstrual cycles
- Lower back pain
- Discomfort during intercourse
It’s important to speak with a professional to diagnose your symptoms and ensure OVE is the right treatment option for you.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for OVE, contact the Vascular Institute of Virginia. They provide treatment plans for various conditions for men and women, including pelvic congestion syndrome. Contact their office today at (703) 763-5224 or submit a contact form online. They proudly serve Fredericksburg, Fairfax, and Woodbridge, VA, and the surrounding areas.