Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is Treated at Mercy in Baltimore

Mercy vascular surgeon Dr. Kurtis Kim discusses pelvic congestion syndrome.

The Vascular Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offers comprehensive care by a skilled group of vascular surgeons. Our doctors are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of circulatory system disorders including pelvic congestion syndrome.

About the Condition

Pelvic congestion syndrome (PCS) occurs in women and is marked by chronic pelvic pain. This condition is caused by varicose veins forming in the pelvis around the uterus and ovaries. Varicose veins are enlarged, raised or twisted blood vessels that can lead to pain or circulatory problems. 

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Pelvic pain is the primary symptom reported by patients with pelvic congestion syndrome. Patients also may experience:

  • Pelvic pain that is worse when sitting or standing, and improves after lying down  
  • Lower back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Pain during intercourse 
  • Varicose veins on the thighs or vulva

Pelvic congestion syndrome is most common in women of childbearing age. Other risk factors include: 

  • Pregnancy, especially multiple pregnancies
  • Hormonal abnormalities  

Pelvic ultrasound is often the primary tool for diagnosing pelvic congestion syndrome. Physicians also may use venography or MRI to aid in diagnosis. 

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Treatment Options

Pelvic vein embolization may be recommended to treat pelvic congestion syndrome. During this minimally invasive treatment procedure, a catheter is used to close off abnormal veins so they can no longer become enlarged.

Additional treatment options may include:

  • Hormonal medications prescribed by your physician
  • Sclerotherapy – an injection procedure for varicose veins
  • Laparoscopic surgery

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Patient Stories
Vascular Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD


Ashley knew something wasn't right when her legs felt heavy and painful. She initially blamed hormone changes, but Dr. Kurtis Kim was able to diagnose and treat her pelvic congestion syndrome.

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Cheryl wears compression socks while working to help with venous insufficiency, a buildup of pressure in her legs.

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