Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is a common condition in women that causes chronic pelvic pain. Nearly 25% of women who visit an OB/GYN for pelvic pain have pelvic congestion syndrome. If not treated properly, it can be debilitating. Also, it is commonly missed and often results in unnecessary procedures and testing. Pelvic congestion is caused by varicose veins in and around the pelvic organs. This is often secondary to compression of the iliac vein in the abdomen. Signs and symptoms besides varicose veins in the legs include pain during or after intercourse, pain in the legs during menstruation, hip pain, lower back pain, irritable bowel symptoms, irritable bladder symptoms, labial veins, hemorrhoids, and veins around the outer thigh, posterior thigh and groin area.
Vein disease above the waist is not often treated at most vein centers because it is more complex and requires the attention of highly-trained vascular specialists. At the Princeton Vascular Center, we are a vein treatment center with the best vein doctors in New Jersey. Dr. Brotman is a board-certified vascular surgeon and vein specialist with experience in both simple and complex vein disease. When you choose the Princeton Vascular Center for the treatment of your vein disease, you are sure to be in good hands.
Some patients with pelvic congestion syndrome have an underlying yet correctable problem that needs to be considered in the evaluation of the patient.
Women can develop pelvic congestion syndrome when varicose veins develop around the ovaries. The valves in these varicose veins can stop functioning properly, causing blood to flow backwards, which will cause congestion.
Signs and symptoms besides varicose veins in the legs include:
Pelvic congestion syndrome is not easy to diagnose since pelvic pain is common in women for a number of different reasons.
Pelvic pain can result from problems with the:
Mental health conditions, such as depression, can also be linked to chronic pelvic pain. Your healthcare provider will need to consider many possible causes before diagnosing the condition.
Your vascular specialist will often work with your OB/GYN to diagnose the condition. He or she will ask about your medical history and your symptoms. You will also need to have a physical exam.
Common tests performed by the vascular specialist will include:
How Is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Treated?
When pelvic vein reflux is the direct cause of your pelvic venous congestion, our vascular specialists and vein doctors will discuss both medical and minimally-invasive treatment options:
When you schedule a consultation at the Princeton Vascular Center, you will be meeting with the best vascular specialists and vein doctors in NJ. A vein doctor will perform a physical examination, examining the appearance of your legs and taking into consideration any areas of concern you may have. It’s important to inform your vein doctor any symptoms you are experiencing, such as leg pain.
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