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Focus on pelvic congestion syndrome

by – December 12, 2017

Focus on Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and Varicose Veins of Pelvic Origin.

This last weekend, the 6th International Symposium on Venous Interventions in Kraków, Poland was held. This year it was organised by Dr. Tomasz Urbanek.

The title of the conference was “Focus on Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and Varicose Veins of Pelvic Origin”.

Mark Whiteley, Judy Holdstock and the researchers at The Whiteley Clinic have been specialising in this area since 1999. They have become experts at investigating and treating pelvic varicose veins, pelvic congestion syndrome and varicose veins of pelvic origin.

Latest advances in Pelvic Congestion - PCS - Prof Mark Whiteley lecturing about PCS in Poland - 9 Dec 2017

Latest advances in Pelvic Congestion – PCS – Prof Mark Whiteley lecturing about PCS in Poland – 9 Dec 2017


Mark Whiteley was invited to give two lectures:

⦁ Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) diagnostic approach Mark Whiteley (UK, London)

⦁ Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) – should we treat all reflux sources? Mark Whiteley (UK, London)

During these lectures, Mark was able to show the latest techniques to diagnose pelvic congestion syndrome, that have been developed by Judy Holdstock, Angie White and their expert team of vascular technologists at The Whiteley Clinic.

Furthermore he was able to quote research of the success of treatments by The Whiteley Clinic’s interventional radiologists Dr David Beckett and Dr Previn Diwakar.

Focus on pelvic congestion syndrome

Over the last 18 years, The Whiteley Clinic has become recognised as one of the world leading clinics for the investigation and treatment of pelvic venous congestion and pelvic varicose veins.

This reputation is based on a large number of published research projects and papers, capped by recent research prizes won at the American College of Phlebology annual meeting by Judy Holdstock and researcher Charlotte Davis.

Pelvic congestion conference in Poland Dec – 2017 View from conference platform by Prof Mark Whiteley – Speaker at the conference

Furthermore, the clinic has recently published results on their revolutionary walk-in walk-out technique of treating pelvic varicose veins by pelvic vein embolisation, as an outpatient procedure. They have now been performing this at The Whiteley Clinic in Bond Street, London since summer 2014.

Approximately 13-40% of all women with chronic pelvic pain have pelvic congestion syndrome. However, as most gynaecologists in the UK do not recognise this, this results in thousands of women not getting a diagnosis nor treatment. Other patients also develop vulval varicose veins, back or hip pain or leg varicose veins from pelvic origin. Failure to identify and treat the pelvic veins means that these patients similarly do not get the right treatment.

Research from The Whiteley Clinic has shown that the gold standard test for pelvic congestion is in is transvaginal venous duplex ultrasound scan, performed using the Holdstock protocol.

Online screening for pelvic congestion syndrome: https://thewhiteleyclinic.co.uk/self-assessment/pelvic-congestion-screening/

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