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Ovarian Vein Embolisation Procedure

$250 consult fee (with Medicare rebate and GP referral)
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Feeling embarrassed with what you wear? Low self-confidence during summertime? Constant leg pain? Why put up with it when you don’t have to? With over 500 procedures a year, we are your Northern Beaches and North Shore vein specialists.

Did you know that ovarian vein embolisation can provide relief for pelvic congestion syndrome?

At Vein Doctors Sydney, At Vein Doctors Sydney, we offer a range of vein treatments, including ovarian vein embolisation.

If you’re seeking effective and non-surgical solutions for pelvic congestion syndrome, you’ve come to the right place. Our experienced medical team is here to guide you through this treatment.

Book an appointment with our experienced doctors today.

What is an embolisation of ovarian veins?

Ovarian vein embolisation is a cutting-edge medical procedure designed to alleviate the discomfort caused by pelvic congestion syndrome.

This treatment focuses on addressing the underlying cause by targeting the malfunctioning ovarian veins, which can contribute to a range of distressing symptoms.

What are ovarian veins and pelvic congestion syndrome?

Ovarian veins are blood vessels responsible for draining the ovaries. When these veins become enlarged or fail to function properly, they can result in pelvic congestion syndrome.

This syndrome manifests as chronic pelvic pain and discomfort, often exacerbated by prolonged standing, sitting, or physical activity.

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Common symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome

Pelvic congestion syndrome can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Persistent Pelvic Pain: One of the hallmark symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome is ongoing pelvic pain that tends to worsen over time.
  • Aching in the Lower Abdomen: Many individuals with pelvic congestion syndrome report experiencing a persistent, nagging ache in their lower abdomen.
  • Increased Discomfort During Menstruation: For some individuals, pelvic congestion syndrome can lead to heightened discomfort during their menstrual cycle. The already-present symptoms might intensify during this time, making periods more distressing than usual.
  • Pain During or After Sexual Intercourse: Intimate relationships can also be affected by pelvic congestion syndrome. Pain during or after sexual intercourse, known as dyspareunia, can be a significant concern.

Ovarian vein embolism - How it works

Ovarian vein embolisation is a less invasive treatment that involves blocking or narrowing the problematic veins responsible for pelvic congestion.

Through the use of advanced imaging guidance, our skilled medical team precisely delivers tiny embolic agents to the affected veins. This effectively reduces blood flow to the dysfunctional veins, alleviating the associated discomfort.

Who are candidates for ovarian vein embolisation?

If you’re experiencing certain symptoms and conditions, you might be a suitable candidate for this innovative treatment option:

  • Individuals with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome Symptoms: If you’re dealing with chronic pelvic pain, aching in the lower abdomen, increased discomfort during menstruation, or pain during or after sexual intercourse, you might be eligible for ovarian vein embolisation.
  • Those Seeking Non-Surgical Solutions: Ovarian vein embolisation offers a less invasive approach to treating pelvic congestion syndrome.
  • Women with No Immediate Pregnancy Plans: Ovarian vein embolisation might not be recommended for individuals with immediate plans for pregnancy, as the procedure could impact fertility. If you’re not planning a pregnancy in the near future, ovarian vein embolisation could be a viable option.
  • Those Interested in Improved Quality of Life: If pelvic congestion syndrome is impacting your daily life, relationships, and overall well-being, ovarian vein embolisation could offer significant relief, allowing you to regain your quality of life.
  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Our experienced medical professionals conduct thorough evaluations to ensure you meet the criteria for ovarian vein embolisation. This process involves assessing your symptoms, medical history, and the results of diagnostic tests.
  • Those Exploring Treatment Options: If you’ve explored other treatments for pelvic congestion syndrome with limited success, ovarian vein embolisation might offer the relief you’re seeking. Our team will provide guidance on the suitability of the procedure for your unique situation.

Potential benefits of ovarian vein embolisation

Ovarian vein embolisation is a modern and less invasive procedure that offers a range of potential benefits including:

  • Non-Surgical Solution: Ovarian vein embolisation is a non-surgical alternative to traditional treatment options. This means no large incisions, reduced scarring, and a shorter recovery period compared to surgical procedures.
  • Less Invasive: The procedure involves only small incisions or punctures to access and treat the problematic ovarian veins. This less invasive approach leads to less pain, less tissue trauma, and potentially shorter healing times.
  • Targeted Treatment: Ovarian vein embolisation directly addresses the root cause of pelvic congestion syndrome – dysfunctional ovarian veins.
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Sufferers of pelvic venous congestion syndrome may find benefit in an ovarian vein embolisation procedure.
  • Rapid Relief: Many patients experience relief from their symptoms shortly after the procedure.
  • Shorter Recovery Time: The recovery period after ovarian vein embolisation is generally shorter compared to traditional surgeries, patients can return to their regular activities within a few days to a week.
  • Outpatient Procedure: Ovarian vein embolisation is typically performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home the same day as the procedure.
  • Reduced Risk of Complications: The less invasive nature of ovarian vein embolisation is associated with fewer risks and complications compared to more invasive surgical options.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Relief from chronic pelvic pain, aching, and discomfort can significantly enhance your overall quality of life.
  • Non-Disruptive to Fertility: Ovarian vein embolisation typically doesn’t interfere with fertility, making it an option for those who wish to preserve their reproductive capabilities.

Potential risks of ovarian vein embolisation

While ovarian vein embolisation is generally safe and well-tolerated, like any medical procedure, there are potential risks including:

  • Infection: Although extremely rare, there is a possibility of infection at the incision sites.
  • Allergic Reaction: A rare allergic reaction may occur in response to contrast dye or embolic agents.
  • Vascular Damage: There is a slight risk of damage to nearby blood vessels.
  • Embolic Migration: Although extremely rare, there is potential for unintentional movement of embolic agents.
  • Incomplete Relief: Occasionally some symptoms may persist despite the procedure being a technical success.
    Contrast Dye Reactions: Uncommon allergies to contrast dye may trigger reactions.
    Post-Procedure Pain: Temporary discomfort might follow the procedure. This typically subsides within a few days to a week.

Preparing for the procedure

Preparing for ovarian vein embolisation involves several important steps, including pre-surgery guidelines, understanding the recovery process, and knowing the success rates of the procedure.

Pre-surgery

Before your ovarian vein embolisation, our medical team will provide you with specific guidelines to follow. These might include fasting before the procedure, adjusting medications, and ensuring you’re well-hydrated. It’s important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure your safety and the success of the procedure.

Recovery

Understanding the recovery process is essential for a comfortable and efficient healing period. While recovery times can vary, many patients only experience mild discomfort and are able to resume normal activities within a few days to a week after the procedure.

Success rates

Ovarian vein embolisation has shown promising success rates in providing relief from the symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome. While individual outcomes may vary, many patients experience significant improvements in pelvic pain, discomfort, and related issues.

Follow-up

After your ovarian vein embolisation, you’ll have scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor your progress. These appointments are crucial for evaluating the effectiveness of the procedure and addressing any concerns you might have.

Ovarian vein embolisation cost

We understand that cost is an important consideration when seeking medical treatment. During your consultation, our team will provide you with a clear understanding of the financial aspects associated with ovarian vein embolisation.

Please contact us for more information on costs.

Choose Vein Doctors Sydney for your ovarian vein embolisation

When it comes to addressing pelvic congestion syndrome and exploring ovarian vein embolisation as a solution, Vein Doctors Sydney stands as a trusted and experienced choice. Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality care and personalised treatment plans.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards lasting relief and improved quality of life.

How to schedule a consultation

For more information on our services and the cost of each service, or to schedule a consultation at our clinic, please contact us at one of the following:

Our Vein Clinics Locations in Sydney

Vein Doctors Sydney Manly

Suite 503, 39 East Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095

Our Open Hours:
8:30 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

Vein Doctors Sydney St Leonards

North Shore Health Hub - Ground Floor, Rockwell Medical Centre, 7 Westbourne Street, St Leonards 2065

Our Open Hours:
8:30am – 5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Vein Doctors Sydney Kingswood

Nepean Private Specialist Centre, Suite 3, 1A Barber Avenue, Kingswood 2747

Our Open Hours:
8:30 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

FAQs

If you require more information please read our most frequently asked questions:

Yes, ovarian vein embolisation is designed to alleviate chronic pelvic pain caused by pelvic congestion syndrome.

Recovery times can vary, but most patients can resume normal activities within a few days to a week after the procedure.

Discomfort during the procedure is minimal due to anaesthesia, and any post-procedure soreness can usually be managed with over the counter pain medications.

Success rates vary, but the procedure has been effective in providing relief from symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome for many patients.

Ovarian vein embolisation typically has minimal impact on fertility. However, please discuss any fertility concerns with our medical team before the procedure.

Ovarian vein reflux, where blood flows backwards in the ovarian veins, can contribute to pelvic congestion syndrome. Embolisation addresses this reflux to relieve symptoms.

Ovarian veins are not the same as varicose veins, but both can involve blood flow issues. Ovarian vein embolisation specifically targets ovarian vein dysfunction linked to pelvic congestion syndrome.

In some cases of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS), the femoral veins can be affected. PCS is primarily associated with congestion and dysfunction of the pelvic veins, including the ovarian veins.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.