Many women experience some form of pelvic pain at some time in their lives. But when that pain becomes chronic and debilitating, a condition called pelvic congestion syndrome may be the culprit.

Pelvic congestion syndrome is a condition associated with a dull ache in the pelvic area that increases at certain times such as during menstruation, during or following intercourse, or after physically strenuous activities. The condition often develops in women who have previously given birth.

This women’s health issue affects millions of women worldwide, yet is largely under-diagnosed and sadly under-treated. Many women with pelvic congestion syndrome endure frustrating years of suffering unnecessarily.

Fortunately, as with a growing number of medical conditions, there’s a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure (MIIP) for that!

What causes pelvic congestion syndrome?

We all know that veins are responsible for facilitating blood flow around the body. While the heart pumps this blood, small valves within our body’s network of veins open and close to allow blood flow from the organs back to the heart.

Normally, blood flow returns to the heart in one direction. But when some valves become leaky, it can reverse blood flow, causing congestion and raised venous pressure. This stress can cause painful varicose veins to form inside the abdomen and pelvic region.

Treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome

Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure that blocks off blood flow to these internal pelvic varicose veins that are causing pain. It’s highly effective, and offers much faster recovery times than open surgery.

During the procedure, Dr Albert Goh performs a tiny venous puncture (just like a blood test), and guides a thin catheter up into the faulty veins using x-ray guidance. The catheter then delivers small coils that occludes blood flow and the faulty vein is sealed. Without their blood supply, these problematic veins can no longer become painfully swollen and they return to normal.

Embolization is an outpatient procedure which means patients can go home that same day. Patients usually return to normal activities within days.

Contact us for more information

If you’ve been diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome and would like to explore your treatment options, Dr Albert Goh is an experienced interventional radiologist with in-depth knowledge of minimally invasive treatments available. Click here to book an appointment Sydney Medical Interventions.