Danny Chan MD PoTS MD Minute

What is PoTS & How Can Treating Pelvic Congestion Help?

What is PoTS & How Can Treating Pelvic Congestion Help?

The causes of chronic pelvic pain are varied, but are often associated with the presence of ovarian and pelvic varicose veins.

Pelvic congestion syndrome is similar to varicose veins in the legs. In both cases, the valves in the veins that help return blood to the heart against gravity become weakened and don’t close properly, this allows blood to flow backwards and pool in the vein causing pressure and bulging veins.

In the pelvis, varicose veins can cause pain and affect the uterus, ovaries and vulva. Up to 15 percent of women, generally between the ages of 20 and 50, have varicose veins in the pelvis, although not all experience symptoms.

The diagnosis is often missed because women lie down for a pelvic exam, relieving pressure on the ovarian veins, so that the veins no longer bulge with blood as they do while a woman is standing.

Many women with pelvic congestion syndrome, spend many years trying to get an answer to why they have this chronic pelvic pain.

Important Points to Consider:

  • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome can be treated on an outpatient basis with no open surgery. This can provide women with a more cosmetic outcome; only a small 2mm puncture is required in the neck and/or groin area.
  • Many patients will be able to return to normal activities much sooner and with less pain when compared to traditional open surgical treatments.
  • Women frequently suffer from symptoms for years before the diagnosis is made and treatment is offered.
  • Precision VIR’s Board Certified Vascular Specialists are recognized regional experts in the treatment and diagnosis of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.

If you prefer to read, here’s a transcript of the video:

PoTS, or a what is a commonly known as Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, is a syndrome that affects usually young to middle age woman. It is an autonomic dysnomia type of syndrome where patients can get fatigue, dizziness and other symptoms related to this syndrome. Caused by a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system other symptoms can include headaches, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, chest pain and shortness of breath. Pelvic congestion correlates with PoTS because it is a blood pooling situation where a patients have areas in the pelvis where dilated veins are causing blood pooling. By fixing the blood pooling associated with pelvic congestion we also can not only fix pelvic pain associated with this but also increase the blood return to the heart thereby improving hypovolemic pots.

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This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.