Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS) is the cause of chronic pelvic pain in 13 to 40% of women attending gynaecology our patients. It is due to varicose veins hidden in the pelvis.
Today in the Mirror on Sunday, Heather Scott explained how her pelvic congestion syndrome was cured by Dr David Beckett from The Whiteley Clinic.
PCS causes many symptoms. Often the symptoms are of chronic pelvic pain (CPP). This is often misdiagnosed as endometriosis.
Symptoms of PCS include pain, aching or “dragging” of the pelvis, particularly when sitting or standing and relieved when lying down. It can also cause pain on sexual intercourse particularly when deep inside, irritable bowel, irritable bladder, back pain and hip pain.
Research from The Whiteley Clinic has shown that transvaginal duplex ultrasound scan performed using the Holdstock technique appears to be the gold standard test. Unfortunately, this is only performed at the moment at The Whiteley Clinic. MRI, CT and venography does not show the flow in the veins when the patient is sitting normally. (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25324278)
When PCS causes a problem to women, and the veins are identified using transvaginal duplex ultrasonography using the Holdstock protocol, then PCS can be cured by pelvic vein embolisation.
This is performed in a specialist unit at The Whiteley Clinic in London under local anaesthetic. With over 17 years experience in diagnosing and treating PCS, The Whiteley Clinic is recognised as a leading centre in pelvic congestion syndrome.
In 2014, The Whiteley Clinic built a specialist pelvic vein embolisation suite dedicated for pelvic vein embolisation at The Whiteley Clinic in Bond Street, London. Results from this unit have been presented internationally and are currently awaiting publication.