For women who are experiencing pain in the pelvis associated with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, ovarian vein embolization may be a solution. At Miami Vein Center, your symptoms will be thoroughly evaluated and diagnosed to rule out other causes of pelvic pain and determine if ovarian vein embolization is the best course of treatment for you.
What is Ovarian Vein Embolization?
Although varicose veins are primarily found in the legs, they can also occur around the uterus and ovaries. This is referred to as Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, and it can lead to multiple uncomfortable symptoms including:
- Dull pain in the lower abdomen and back following intercourse, during menstruation, while standing at the end of the day and during pregnancy
- Abnormal bleeding during menstruation
- Vaginal discharge
- The presence of varicose veins on the vulva, buttocks or thigh
- Irritable bladder
During ovarian vein embolization, a tiny incision is made and a thin catheter tube is inserted into the damaged vein. Using advanced x-ray technology and contrast dye, Dr. Almeida can visualize the vein and inject it with a synthetic medication that causes it to close up.
After the affected vein is disabled, blood flow will be redistributed to healthy veins. Although the treated vein will no longer function, it will stay in place in the body in order to minimize bruising and reduce healing time.
Ovarian vein embolization is typically an in-office procedure that can either be performed at Miami Vein Center or in a hospital, depending on patient preference. Most patients can return to normal activities immediately afterward.