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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.
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.
Pelvic pain is the primary symptom reported by patients with pelvic congestion syndrome. Patients also may experience:
Pelvic congestion syndrome is most common in women of childbearing age. Other risk factors include:
Pelvic ultrasound is often the primary tool for diagnosing pelvic congestion syndrome. Physicians also may use venography or MRI to aid in diagnosis.
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:
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.
The Vascular Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, diagnoses and treats a broad range of circulatory system disorders including stroke and mini stroke, leg pain and swelling, blood clots, aneurysms, varicose veins and circulatory disease. Drs. Paul Lucas, Kurtis Kim and Alain Tanbe provide comprehensive care using advanced treatments including balloon angioplasty, stent-graft repair, endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, aortic aneurysm and dissection, varicose vein removal, bypass surgery, neck artery repair and minimally invasive catheter procedures.
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Dr. Paul Lucas, Director of The Vascular Center at Mercy, leads a clinical team providing diagnosis and treatment for circulatory problems, including aneurysm, stroke, swelling of the leg and blockages.
Cheryl wears compression socks while working to help with venous insufficiency, a buildup of pressure in her legs.