How to Tell If Your Chronic Pelvic Pain is Related to Pelvic Congestion

If you’re wondering whether your pelvic pain is related to something serious such as Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS), you now have a place where you can get the answer you need. Vein Specialists is a practice trusted by thousands of people like you across Southwest Florida. Finding a recognized specialist in pelvic congestion is the fastest route to diagnosis and relief.

See one patient’s dramatic experience with pelvic congestion syndrome.

Woman experiencing abdominal pain
Woman experiencing lower back pain

Get Pelvic Pain Relief with Proper Diagnosis and Treatment

Your chronic pelvic pain doesn’t have to stop you from doing the things you love or enjoying every hour of the day. Your chronic pelvic pain may be related to a very treatable condition such as iliac vein compression. Find out. Seek an opinion from a renowned specialist in Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.

Contact Vein Specialists today to schedule an appointment. With Dr. Magnant’s vast experience, a proper diagnosis that doesn’t take hours and hours or test after test is practically assured. You will save valuable time and money by starting with the area’s leading expert in PCS. This will leave you feeling confident that you have an accurate diagnosis and are on the road to relief.

“In addition to abdominal pain and painful intercourse, I was also having a lot of pain in my pelvic area that radiated into my lower back. Once I received treatment from Dr. Magnant, my pain decreased significantly within just a few short days. I was able to resume many activities I had put on hold because of my pelvic congestion symptoms.”

Kaila Simpson
Fort Myers

What is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

It sounds like a rare ailment doesn’t it? Yet, PCS affects more than 10 million men and women in the United States. PCS most commonly affects women who have had pregnancies. This may be due to problems with enlarged varicose veins in the pelvic area due to leaky vein valves. Or it may be related to a narrowing in one of the important pelvic outflow veins called iliac vein. This can be caused by compression of the vein between the overlying artery and the spine on the other side. This is also called May Thurner Syndrome (see diagram).

The reason Pelvic Congestion Syndrome sounds rare, but really is somewhat common is that many cases of PCS go undiagnosed every year. That’s because many women are unaware of this condition and confuse the symptoms with other issues. Even some medical practices do. In fact, accurate diagnostic testing and treatments have only been available in the past 5 to 10 years.

If you have been living with undiagnosed chronic pelvic pain, you may be suffering from PCS. If you’re diagnosed with PCS, then you can find out if you’re a candidate for effective PCS treatment.

Symptoms of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

The main symptom of PCS is pelvic pain that worsens throughout the day. Other symptoms or physical signs of PCS may include:

  • Deep pelvic pain during or after sexual intercourse
  • Severe pain during menstrual periods
  • Lower back pain
  • Vulvar or labial varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids or varicoceles (in men)
  • Perineal, perivulvar or perianal pressure
  • Irritable bowl or bladder syndrome

Things You Should Know About Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Diagnosed?

PCS may be diagnosed in a noninvasive, comfortable and easy manner. This takes the form of a variety of diagnostic imaging procedures such as:

How is PCS Treated? 

There are a variety of approaches to treat PCS. Current treatments that provide safe,  and effective relief from PCS include:

  • Iliac Vein Duplex Ultrasound (IVDU) – IVDU is a common ultrasound procedure. It is useful in identifying the presence and severity of the vein compression.
  • Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV) – MRV is a very useful procedure to diagnosis PCS. It uses highly accurate, noninvasive imaging technology to examine the veins. During the procedure, you are awake and lie comfortably on your back in a large, tunnel-like tube.
  • Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) – A catheter-based ultrasound, IVUS is a highly accurate procedure to diagnosis PCS. It lets the team at Vein Specialists examine veins from within to check for obstructions.
  • Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) Directed Pelvic Vein Stent Placement – The IVUS procedure will find out if there is significant vein compression. Then a common balloon angioplasty of the compressed area and stent placement are used to help return the vein to a normal flow.
  • Transcatheter Chemical Sclerotherapy or Coil Embolization – If PCS is found to be due to primary ovarian or pelvis venous reflux, then the most appropriate and effective treatment may include chemical sclerotherapy or coil embolization. A very common and minimally invasive procedure, coil embolization is a safe and therapeutic method for treating PCS. It relieves pain by using a catheter and imaging guidance to close off faulty veins.

Why You Should Choose the Experts at Vein Specialists

You do not have to live with the signs or symptoms of PCS. You can be pain-free. You simply need a medical team who understand pelvic congestion at the highest level and can quickly get to the underlying cause of your PCS. At Vein Specialists in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, patients travel from all over the state for help with their Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. We are Southwest Florida’s leading vein specialist. You will feel our expertise and our caring touch the minute you walk in the door.

Dr. Joseph Magnant is a board-certified vascular surgeon. He offers 30 years of experience evaluating and treating patients with a wide variety of vein and vascular disorders. He and his expert team use the latest technology for the diagnosis and treatment of venous disease.

Our state-of-the-art facility ensures the highest quality of care and probability of successful outcomes. We are the original IAC Accredited vein center in Southwest Florida. We have IAC accredited diagnostic vascular labs staffed by registered vascular sonographers. That means you benefit from the latest technology in venous diagnosis and treatment.

Seen here, Dr. Joseph Magnant, is an expert at using compression therapy for many leg vein issues.

For safe and effective pelvic congestion syndrome treatment, schedule an appointment with Vein Specialists today. A board-certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Joseph Magnant and his expert team of specialists will recommend a personal treatment plan that’s right for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Common is Chronic Pelvic Pain?

    Chronic pelvic pain accounts for about 10 to 15 percent of referrals to gynecologists and pain clinics in the United States. If you suffer from chronic pelvic pain, consider scheduling an appointment with Vein Specialists today.

  • How do you Cure Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

    PCS can be treated in several ways depending on your circumstances. Schedule an evaluation with Vein Specialists. Our experts will advise you on the most effective evaluation and treatment plan.

  • What is IVUS? How Does It Help in the Evaluation and Treatment of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome?

    IVUS is a very specialized diagnostic ultrasound. It’s not available everywhere. It enables Dr. Magnant to accurately identify areas of vein compression and determine the length of blockages. Then he can make the best treatment decision for your situation.

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