Treatments

Treatments for Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

Once a diagnosis is made, if the patient is symptomatic, an embolization should be done. Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure performed by interventional radiologists using x-ray imaging for guidance. During the outpatient procedure, the interventionalist inserts a thin catheter into a vein in the groin and guides it to the affected area using X-ray guidance. To seal the faulty, enlarged vein and relieve painful pressure, an interventional radiologist inserts tiny coils often with a sclerosing agent (the same type of material used to treat varicose veins) to close the vein. After treatment, patients can return to normal activities immediately.

  • Additional treatments are available depending on the severity of the woman’s symptoms
  • Analgesics may be prescribed to reduce the pain
  • Hormones such as birth control pills decrease a woman’s hormone level temporarily causing menstruation to stop may be helpful in controlling her symptoms
  • Surgical options include a hysterectomy with removal of ovaries, and tying off or removing the veins

Efficacy

Embolization offers a safe, effective, minimally invasive treatment option that frequently relieves patients symptoms. The procedure is very successful in blocking the abnormal blood flow. 85-95 percent of women have improvement in their symptoms after the procedure. Although women are usually improved, the veins are never normal and in some cases other pelvic veins are also affected which may require further treatment.


Vein Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
675 N. Saint Clair St. 
Galter Pavilion, 19th Floor, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services, please call 312.695.VEIN (695.8346).
Urgent, after hours Phone: 312.926.2000 , and ask for the interventional radiology fellow on call.
Fax: 312.695.2236

Office Hours: 
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: closed

Referring Physicians
For consultation or to refer a patient call 312.695.VEIN (695.8346)


Vein Center at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
800 N. Westmoreland Rd., Suite 205 
Lake Forest, IL 60045 

Contact Us 
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services, please call 312.695.VEIN (695.8346). 
Urgent, after hours Phone: 312.926.2000, and ask for the interventional radiology fellow on call. 
Fax: 312.695.2236 

Office Hours 
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Referring Physicians
For consultation or to refer a patient call 312.695.VEIN (695.8346).


Vein Center at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
25 N. Winfield Rd., Suite 103
Winfield, IL 60190

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services, please call 630.933.4487. 

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. 
Saturday-Sunday: closed

Vein Center at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
351 Randall Rd, Suite 200 
Geneva, IL 60134

Contact Us 
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services, please call 630.933.4487.

Office Hours 
Monday-Friday: 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: closed