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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

What is pelvic congestion syndrome

Pelvic congestion syndrome is a medical condition that causes chronic pelvic pain. The condition is thought to be due to problems with the enlarged veins in the low belly or pelvic area or “varicoceles”.

Who is at risk?

Women of childbearing age who have had more than one pregnancy may have the highest risk of pelvic congestion syndrome.

Varicocele Embolization for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Our team performs an office-based minimally invasive procedure called Varicocele Embolization. The technique allows the physician to block, or embolize, the faulty vein by using X-ray to guide a catheter though the venous system.

Once the vein is blocked, the damaged vein is shut off and the blood flow is redirected to the surrounding, healthier veins. Pressure is eased on the varicocele, restoring normal function and decreasing pain.


The procedure usually lasts about 45 minutes with a one hour recovery. Patients can return home on the same day.


Patients can be moderately active immediately after the procedure and return to full activity after 7 days.

Advantages of Varicocele Embolization for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

  • Office based and minimally invasive
  • Home in the same day
  • Quicker recovery times
  • Very low complication risks
  • No general anesthesia needed
  • Multi-disciplinary approach
  • Ease of scheduling
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