If you’re experiencing chronic pelvic pain, enlarged varicose veins, pain after standing for long periods of time and/or increased pain in the evenings, you may have a condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS). At South Texas Vein Institute, we specialize in helping men and women with the diagnosis and treatment of various vein-related issues. Below are some of the key facts you should know about pelvic congestion syndrome, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?
Most commonly found in women who are pregnant or who have been pregnant, it is a condition that occurs when varicose veins form below the abdomen within the pelvic area. Varicose veins are veins that are swollen, twisted or lengthened due to the improper function of the veins. These varicose veins cause chronic pelvic pain. This pain can occasionally radiate into the thigh or leg area.
Essentially, pelvic congestion syndrome occurs because:
• Veins in the lower abdomen stop working well.
• Blood starts to build up inside those veins.
• The veins in the pelvic area start to enlarge and change shape.
• Pain and other symptoms arise from the enlargement.
How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Diagnosed?
Many times, PCS can be difficult to diagnose; however, specialized medical experts can carry out diagnostic procedures to eliminate other causes of your symptoms. The most common way to diagnose PCS is through ultrasound. Through ultrasound, it is possible to detect veins, as well as assess blood flow in that area.
What are the Treatments?
Treatments for pelvic congestion syndrome are available to minimize symptoms and help you to cope with this condition. The medical professionals here at South Texas Vein Institute are ready to help you alleviate this chronic pain with specialized treatments. Contact us today to book a consultation in Edinburg and learn more.