Ovarian OR Hypogastric Vein Embolization

Ovarian OR Hypogastric Vein Embolization
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Ovarian OR Hypogastric Vein Embolization

Ovarian OR Hypogastric Vein Embolization

For women who are experiencing pain in the pelvis that is associated with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, ovarian or hypogastric vein embolization may be a solution. Your symptoms should be thoroughly evaluated and diagnosed to rule out any other possible causes of the pelvic pain and to determine if ovarian vein embolization is the best course of treatment for you.

What is Ovarian or Hypogastric Vein Embolization?

Although varicose veins are primarily found in the legs, they can also occur around the uterus and ovaries, which is referred to as Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. Its symptoms include:

  • Dull pain in the lower abdomen and back following intercourse, during menstruation, while standing at the end of the day and during pregnancy
  • Abnormal bleeding during menstruation
  • Vaginal discharge
  • The presence of varicose veins on the vulva, buttocks or thigh
  • Irritable bladder

During ovarian vein embolization, a tiny incision is made and a thin catheter tube is inserted into the damaged vein. X-ray technology and contrast dye are used to visualize the vein that will then be injected with a synthetic medication, causing the vein to close up.

After the affected vein is disabled, blood flow will be redistributed to healthy veins. The treated vein will no longer function but will stay in place in the body, in order to minimize bruising and reduce healing time.

Ovarian vein embolization is typically an in-office procedure and most patients can return to normal activities immediately afterward.

Am I a Good Candidate for Ovarian Or Hypogastric Vein Embolization?

Pelvic pain can be caused by many factors, and proper evaluation of your vascular condition and diagnosis of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is necessary before moving forward with treatment. Your overall health and medical history should be discussed, as certain contraindicating medical conditions may inhibit the procedure and healing.

Are There Any Side Effects?

This procedure is typically well-tolerated with no major side effects, however, minor and temporary bruising, swelling, and tingling are common after treatment. Any possible risks or complications that may apply to you will be discussed prior to treatment.