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The Link Between Varicose Veins and Pelvic Pain

We can improve circulation in their legs, remove unsightly varicose veins, and reduce chronic pelvic pain...
June 08, 2005
By: Jean Johnson for Veins1

For the estimated one-third of women who will experience chronic pelvic pain during their lives, the good news is that there are effective treatment methods.

Also, apparently appreciating that much of the public is in the dark when it comes to IR, Black also put in a pitch for his field. “As vascular experts, interventional radiologists can utilize imaging skills to both diagnose and treat circulatory problems using minimally-invasive techniques. We can improve circulation in their legs, remove unsightly varicose veins, and reduce chronic pelvic pain – all without major surgery, without general anesthesia, and without a hospital stay.”

Varicose veins can also appear internally in association with the ovaries and pelvic area generally. This condition is termed pelvic congestion and was the subject of the second long-term IR study of 131 women with chronic pelvic pain. Said lead investigator, interventional radiologist from Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Kevin Kim, M.D. “Many women are needlessly suffering and often told their pain is all in their head. Women need to know that embolization is an effective treatment for reducing pelvic pain – in our study 85 percent of the women had significant long-term symptom improvement, without significant change to ovarian function.”

Pelvic congestion syndrome is most common in women under 45 years of age who have not been pregnant. Pain is usually felt in the lower abdomen and lower back. IR physicians examine patients in which they suspect problems on the incline, since when prone the pressure on ovarian veins is relieved and thus diagnosis is often missed.

That the field is now taking seriously what physicians once dismissed as psychosomatic symptoms is one mark in the favor of IR ranks. More, that practitioners are connecting the dots and pushing medicine’s understanding of the way female bodies function is a second. In this painstaking, scrupulous way, interventional radiologists are slowly but surely making a name for themselves, not to mention winning converts from the female half of the population.

Courtesy of Veins1
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