Earlier in the year we ran a series of informative sessions for those wishing to know more about Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. Typically women, and in some cases men, suffer from undiagnosed symptoms such as irritable bowel, irritable bladder, discomfort on sexual intercourse or a ‘dragging’ feeling deep in the pelvis on standing.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS) is the cause of pelvic pain or pelvic discomfort in a large number of women and men. The condition is caused by swollen veins in the pelvis. It can be thought of as a varicose vein inside the pelvis and the condition is easily misdiagnosed and can mean that many women very often go untreated and suffer in silence.
Information on this condition isn’t readily available and those who suffer from it are usually left to research their own symptoms, as NHS Trusts do not have a specific Patient Pathway for those presenting with any form of pelvic pain.
Our resident expert, Professor Mark Whiteley, an internationally recognised pioneer in vascular surgery presented us with an introduction to Pelvic Vein Reflux and how a transvaginal ultrasound scan is the only way to effectively diagnose this condition and why. Interestingly, impressive CAT and MRI scan machines cannot diagnose the condition as they are preformed whilst the patient is lying flat and neither can a laparoscopy.
Angie White, a Sonographer at The Whiteley Clinic, talks in more detail about the Gold Standard TV Scan and what women can expect from the simple 45 minute procedure.
Dr David Beckett is an Interventional Radiologist, whose specialism lies in treating vascular conditions, specifically pelvic congestion syndrome, using minimally invasive procedures. Here Dr Beckett explains in detail everything you need to know about the pelvic vein embolisation procedure and even shows a clip of the procedure being performed at our Bond St. Clinic.
Over the last decade and a half, The Whiteley Clinic has been at the forefront of research showing that pelvic varicose veins can be treated.
For more information on Pelvic Congestion Syndrome or Pelvic Vein Embolisation, please see our website. Alternatively, contact us using the contact form, email at [email protected] or call us on 01483 477180.