Pelvic congestion syndrome as a cause of chronic pelvic pain in many women. Unfortunately, many doctors in the UK do not understand it and many do not know it exists.
As such, a great many women with chronic pelvic pain never a correct diagnosis or treatment.
The Whiteley Clinic has been researching pelvic vein reflux and pelvic congestion syndrome for over 15 years. We have published research into the investigation and treatment of this condition and regularly present our groundbreaking research around the world.
These two national articles, Dr David Beckett from The Whiteley Clinic explains about pelvic congestion syndrome.
Pelvic congestion syndrome is a collection of symptoms caused by venous congestion the pelvis. Commonly, women with pelvic congestion syndrome experience a “dragging” pain in pelvis particularly on standing or sitting. They can also get pain on sexual intercourse, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder as well as pain in the lower back or hips.
Usually the problem is caused by varicose veins in the pelvis, rarely it can be due to blocked or narrowed veins.
It is diagnosed by transvaginal duplex ultrasound scan which is a test developed at The Whiteley Clinic by Judy Holdstock and Charmaine Harrison.
It is treated by embolisation of the veins using special foam sclerotherapy and coils. Dr David Beckett is an expert at treating this at The Whiteley Clinic.
Some patients who have the same sort of varicose veins in the pelvis do not get these symptoms. Instead, they get varicose veins that run from the pelvis into the legs.
Research from The Whiteley Clinic shows that this is one of the commonest causes of veins to come back again after varicose vein treatments. In many hospitals and clinics, doctors do not check the pelvic veins and do not know how to treat them.
At The Whiteley Clinic, our specialist clinical vascular scientists are trained to scan the veins in the legs and to make sure all of the bad veins are in the legs alone. In those patients where the varicose veins come from the pelvis, a specialist transvaginal duplex ultrasound scan is offered. No one is for this test unless veins are coming from the pelvis.
In this way, and with the other research making up The Whiteley Protocol, patients coming to The Whiteley Clinic have the lowest possible chance of recurrence after varicose vein surgery.