Pelvic Vein Embolisation

  • pelvic vein embolisation is used to treat varicose veins near the pelvis

Pelvic vein embolisation is a minimally invasive treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome, also known as ovarian vein reflux. Pelvic congestion syndrome is a painful condition resulting from varicose veins in the pelvis. Pelvic vein embolisation treatment closes off faulty veins so they can no longer enlarge with blood, this relieving the pain.

The treatment of varicose veins in the pelvis, vulva and vagina as well as the symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome is relatively painless. Under local anesthetic, your specialist Consultant will make a tiny incision of the femoral vein in the groin and expertly deploy coils via a catheter, which cause the vein to clot and close. The procedure is performed as a day case and is highly effective in treating the condition.

Here at The Cooden Medical Group, diagnosis of the condition is done through one of several methods including pelvic venography, magnetic resonance imaging and pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound.

How does pelvic vein embolisation work?

Using x-ray imaging a catheter is inserted through the skin into the vein in the groin or neck and manipulates a catheter into the faulty veins that need treatment. When in the correct position, a combination of foam sclerotherapy and coils are administered into the vein where it will remain permanently to close off the vein.

At the end of the procedure, the catheter will be removed and pressure will be applied to stop any bleeding. The opening in the skin is then covered with a dressing. No sutures are needed.

Treating Varicose Veins

Pelvic vein embolisation may also be used to treat the following conditions:

  • Pelvic varicose veins
  • Vulval varicose veins
  • Vaginal varicose veins
  • Leg varicose veins arising from the pelvis

Initial Consultation For Pelvic Vein Embolisation

All our vein treatments require an initial, investigative consultation. We will perform a range of comprehensive diagnostic tests and scans, based on a foundation of Duplex Ultrasound Scanning, in preparation of any treatment plan. Here we will review your symptoms and exclude the likelihood of a deep vein thrombosis. Further to this, we can then create a unique treatment plan for you and accurately outline the type and cost of your procedure.

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  • What will I experience during the procedure?

    Pelvic vein embolisation is usually carried out under a local anesthetic in the interventional radiology suite.

    If the procedure is performed under sedation, the intravenous (IV) sedative will make you feel relaxed and sleepy. You may or may not remain awake, depending on how deeply you are sedated. Your heart rate and blood pressure will be monitored during the procedure and you may feel slight pressure when the catheter is inserted, but no serious discomfort.

    What will I experience after the procedure?

    Most patients experience some mild side effects after embolisation. Pain is the most common of these and can be controlled with pain relief medication administered either orally or through your IV.

    You can expect to stay in bed for four to six hours after your procedure. You should be able to resume your normal activities within a week.

    How long does the treatment take?

    The length of the procedure takes approximately 45 - 60 minutes. You can expect to stay in bed for four to six hours after your procedure. You should be able to resume your normal activities within a week.

    What are the benefits of pelvic vein embolisation?

    Embolisation is a highly effective way of blocking faulty veins.

    • Worldwide success rates of 85 percent and higher have been reported in women treated with embolisation.
    • Embolisation is much less invasive than conventional open surgery. As a result, there are fewer complications and the hospital stay is relatively brief—most people are performed as a day case and are home the day of the procedure. Virtually no blood loss, and there is no obvious surgical incision.
    • No surgical incision is needed—only a small nick in the skin that does not have to be stitched to close.

    What are the risks of pelvic vein embolisation?

    Any procedure that involves placement of a catheter inside a blood vessel carries certain risks, which includes infection after embolisation, allergic reaction, damage to the blood vessel and bruising or bleeding at the puncture site. There is always a possibility that an embolic agent can lodge in the wrong place and deprive normal tissue of its oxygen supply.

    • There is a very slight risk of an allergic reaction if contrast substance is injected.
    • Any procedure that involves placement of a catheter inside a blood vessel carries certain risks. These risks include damage to the blood vessel, bruising or bleeding at the puncture site, and infection.
    • There is always a possibility that an embolic agent can lodge in the wrong place and deprive normal tissue of its oxygen supply.
    • There is a risk of infection after embolisation, even if an antibiotic has been given.
  • Price given at consultation, or available on request

    Consultation & Venous Doppler Ultrasound - £200
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