If you regularly experience pelvic pain, it may be due to pelvic congestion syndrome. Every year, pelvic congestion syndrome accounts for 10-15% of pain clinic referrals. At Memphis Vein Center in Memphis, Tennessee, board-certified cardiologist Kishore Arcot, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI, and the caring team have years of experience diagnosing and treating pelvic congestion syndrome. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Pelvic congestion syndrome is a chronic medical condition that affects women. It occurs when varicose veins form below the abdomen, in and around the pelvic region. A varicose vein is a swollen, twisted vein that develops due to poor vein function.
Pelvic congestion syndrome affects women of all ages and races, but it’s especially common in women who have previously given birth. If you regularly experience a dull, aching sensation in your pelvic region, don’t wait to make an appointment at Memphis Vein Center.
The most common symptom associated with pelvic congestion syndrome is a dull, aching sensation in the lower abdomen. Symptoms usually become worse in the following situations:
Many women with pelvic congestion syndrome also experience painful menstruation, backaches, depression, and fatigue.
There’s not one single test used to diagnose pelvic congestion syndrome. During your initial consultation, Dr. Arcot conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms.
Next, he conducts several diagnostic procedures to rule out other underlying health problems. Depending on your symptoms and their severity, Dr. Arcot might recommend an ultrasound, venogram, or laparoscopy.
An ultrasound uses soundwaves to take pictures of your veins and arteries. A venogram allows Dr. Arcot to see your veins on an X-ray. Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that uses a microscopic camera to look inside your pelvis.
Treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. Although there’s no cure for pelvic congestion syndrome, in most cases it’s possible to manage symptoms using over-the-counter painkillers.
If your pain gets worse or interferes with your ability to work or run errands, you might benefit from prescription painkillers or pelvic vein embolization. Pelvic vein embolization is a minimally invasive surgery that blocks off damaged varicose veins, easing pain and discomfort.
Don’t let pelvic congestion syndrome prevent you from living your best life. Schedule an appointment at Memphis Vein Center by calling or booking online today.