Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

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Treatment for: Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS)
Procedures offered: Ovarian Vein Embolization

uterine fibroids or pelvic congestion syndrome treatment in Minnesota

Ovarian vein embolization

Pelvic congestion is a painful condition caused by enlarged or varicose veins in the pelvis. This condition is often difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms are similar to many other pelvic and abdominal health conditions.

Ovarian vein embolization is performed by an interventional radiologist using imaging to guide a catheter through the pelvic veins in order to seal off the varicose veins. This causes them to shrink and the symptoms to disappear. Like UFE, ovarian vein embolization is a safe, effective and FDA-approved outpatient procedure that is an excellent alternative to open surgery.

OVE Preparation Instructions

  • Please inform us of all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to local anesthetic, medications or to contrast (also known as “x-ray dye”).
  • You may be advised to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Tylenol, Advil) or a blood thinning medication for a period of time before your procedure.
  • Please inform us about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.
  • Women who are or may be pregnant should inform us immediately. Many imaging tests such as x-ray are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, you may take your usual medications, especially blood pressure medications. These may be taken with some water in the morning before your procedure.
  • You may be instructed to refrain from eating or drinking anything for several hours before your procedure.
  • You may need to remain for a period of observation after your procedure.
  • You will be given a gown to change into before your procedure.

For more information about Pelvic Congestion Syndrome treatments at North Star Vascular please contact us.

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