Ovarian Vein Embolization in Kansas City, KS
A majority of women with pelvic congestion syndrome are able to alleviate their symptoms with a minimally invasive procedure known as ovarian vein embolization.
Pelvic congestion syndrome is a very painful condition that causes veins surrounding the pelvis to swell with blood, leading to increased pressure within those veins. This pressure most often results in severe pelvic pain, which is often compared to the symptoms presented by varicose veins in the legs.
What Happens During an Ovarian Vein Embolization?
The goal of this treatment is to close off any faulty veins near the pelvis in order to prevent them from filling with blood and becoming enlarged.
Your interventional radiologist is able to visualize the location of the catheter using X-ray imaging and contrast dye. The dye helps to highlight veins within the pelvis, particularly those that are not functioning as they should be. At the same time, the X-ray is able to detect the catheter and its location within the pelvis.
Once in proper position, an embolic agent is injected through the catheter into the affected veins to seal them off. No stitches are needed after the catheter is removed, and so patients can often return home the same day as their procedure is performed so long as there are no unforeseen complications during the ovarian vein embolization.
The Benefits of Ovarian Vein Embolization
Along with having a short recovery time, there are also many other benefits that come along with undergoing an ovarian vein embolization, including:
- Lowered risk of bleeding and other complications
- A worldwide success rate of 85%
- Being much less invasive than traditional procedures
Still Have Questions? Ask Our Interventional Radiologists
The interventional radiologists at the Kansas University Medical Center would be more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding ovarian vein embolization or other treatment options for pelvic congestion syndrome. To schedule an appointment, please call (913) 588-1030 today.