Chronic pelvic pain is a prevalent problem in the United States — it affects around 39% of American women. Often, chronic pelvic pain is due to pelvic congestion syndrome, a condition that causes swollen veins, much like varicose veins, in your pelvis. At ImageMed in Scottsdale, Arizona, double board-certified interventional radiologist David Wood, MD, provides state-of-the-art minimally invasive treatments for pelvic congestion syndrome. Call ImageMed or schedule a consultation online today to find out how Dr. Wood can alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life.
Pelvic congestion syndrome is a type of vascular disease that develops when the veins in your pelvic region don’t efficiently push blood back to your heart. As a result, your blood can pool in your veins and make them swell and bulge, much like varicose veins that form in your legs.
Venous insufficiency usually develops when the small valves in your veins don’t function correctly, and your blood moves slowly or even flows backward. Your risk of venous insufficiency increases if you’re overweight or pregnant. You also have a higher chance of developing the condition if you have a family history of venous insufficiency or if you smoke.
Pelvic pain is the most common symptom of pelvic congestion syndrome. Your pain often worsens as the day goes on, especially if you have to stand or sit all day. You might also have pain during intercourse or severe menstrual cramping. Physical activities like horseback riding and bicycling can also trigger your pain.
At ImageMed, Dr. Wood provides a safe, relatively painless, minimally invasive procedure to treat pelvic congestion syndrome. During your nonsurgical treatment, he makes a small nick, usually in your groin, and uses special X-rays to guide a catheter through the tiny opening to your weak and damaged veins.
When the catheter is in the correct location, he injects coils and a sclerosing agent — the same chemicals used to treat varicose veins. The sclerosant closes and seals your veins, and the coils block blood flow to the veins, preventing them from reopening and swelling again. You might need several procedures to treat all the damaged veins.
When your treatment is complete, Dr. Wood removes the catheter, and you can go home to relax. Most patients get back to their regular activities within a day or so, although you should avoid strenuous activity until Dr. Wood says it’s safe.
If you live with chronic pelvic pain, call ImageMed or make an appointment online today to find out if pelvic congestion syndrome is the root cause of your symptoms. If so, you can get the expert treatment you need for long-lasting pain relief.