Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) is basically varicose veins inside the pelvis. In the same way that leg varicose veins can cause aching and discomfort in the legs, pelvic varicose veins can cause aching and discomfort in the pelvis. However, because the organs in the pelvis are very sensitive, it can be a lot worse than the pain felt in the legs from leg varicose veins.
The most effective treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome currently is to put metal coils into the pelvic veins under x-ray control. The Whiteley Clinic has been at the forefront of the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome and has over 20 years experience in this area.
As part of the research and development at The Whiteley Clinic, we are looking at new devices and new ways of treating pelvic congestion syndrome.
In the USA in particular, many doctors are starting to use metal “plugs” to block the incompetent veins.
There is also the possibility of a new device that would have the same effect as the metal coils, but without leaving any coils inside the body.
Some patients may feel that this is less secure, knowing that the metal coils (or metal plugs) are in place may give them some comfort. Alternatively, some patients may feel that they do not want a foreign body in their veins if this can be avoided.
For this reason, we are running a survey to ask patients or potential patients their opinion.
The survey takes less than a minute to complete.
We are asking anybody who has pelvic congestion syndrome, who might have pelvic congestion syndrome, who has any discomfort in their pelvis or varicose veins around the vulva or vagina us their feedback.
We don’t mind if you have already had treatment, or if you have decided not have treatment, or have not even started having any investigations yet.
What we want to know is what you, as the patient or potential patient, would most want from your treatment.
Of course, many patients would like treatment to be a simple tablet or something else that is easy to manage. Unfortunately, certainly with current medical knowledge, that is impossible.
Therefore we know we have to block the varicose veins in the pelvis. What we would like to know is what the priorities are for patients with regards the security of a metal coil or plug, or the same effect but using a technique that leaves nothing behind.
If you could spare one minute of your time to complete the survey on: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SGTHQ9M
Please help us to work towards the treatments that you would like best in the future.