Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

The Problem

Varicose veins are swollen, damaged veins. The one-way valves that help keep the blood flowing under lower pressure than arteries stop working properly, leading to backflow and insufficient flow. The veins swell (become congested) with blood and can result in some unpleasant symptoms (the syndrome).

Here at The Private Clinic we treat varicose veins in the pelvis area, vulva and vagina as well as the symptoms of Pelvic Congestion.

Pelvic congestion syndrome sounds rather ominous but broken down it means there is too much blood around the female pelvis with a varying number of symptoms and signs, which can result in varicose veins. Syndrome simply means a collection of common symptoms experienced by people.

Pelvic Congestion

The problem of pelvic congestion usually occurs after puberty, even more so after pregnancy with 1 in every 7 women, and 1 in 5 women who have had children being diagnosed with pelvic congestion.

The ovarian and pelvic veins dilate to allow for the rise in blood flow to the uterus as it enlarges during pregnancy. Pelvic vein congestion can occur after pregnancy when these veins are unable to return back to their previous size. The valves within the veins become weak which results in the blood flowing back causing varicose veins. These varicose veins can become large and heavy and may push against the pelvic organs including the bowel, vagina, bladder and pelvic floor which cause the majority of the pelvic congestion symptoms. The varicose veins can appear on the inner thighs or back of the thighs as well as around the vagina, as well as develop around the ovaries.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome symptoms include;

  • Pain/Aching around the pelvis and lower abdomen
  • Feeling of fullness in the legs
  • Dragging sensation in the pelvis
  • Incontinence
  • Worsening of the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome

Symptoms are often worse when standing up, when you are tired, during your menstrual cycle, lifting heavy items and during or after intercourse.

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome can be quite complicated, which is why it is so important to choose an experienced vascular surgeon and clinic.

The Problem

Varicose veins are swollen, damaged veins. The one-way valves that help keep the blood flowing under lower pressure than arteries stop working properly, leading to backflow and insufficient flow. The veins swell (become congested) with blood and can result in some unpleasant symptoms (the syndrome).

Pelvic Vein Embolisation (PVE) is an effective and safe treatment that offers long-lasting results.

The treatment is performed under x-ray control and involves a thin tube called a catheter being inserted into the vein that is being treated. Once in place, a metal coil is pushed out into the vein. In some cases an embolising material called GelFoam is used.  Once the veins have been embolised it will stop the blood from gathering in the vein and the vein will gradually shrink away after a couple of weeks and symptoms should be improved.

Both methods have been used for a number of years and have a great record of being safe and effective for treating Pelvic Congestion Syndrome.


  • Embolisation is a highly effective and safe way to control bleeding.
  • There is no need for an operation.
  • No sutures are required.
  • We have an experienced team of vascular surgeons with highly regarded vascular surgeons who regularly treat patients with varicose veins.
  • It is a minimally invasive procedure which requires less downtime.


The procedure requires an overnight stay in hospital as it is advised that you rest for six to eight hours immediately after your procedure. When you leave the hospital you will be recommend to continue resting for the next 72 hours. You will be able return to your normal activities work after 1 week. Some patients may feel a slight cramp for 24 hours after the procedure but this should not last long.


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Mr Constantinos Kyriakides, our Consultant Vascular Surgeon at The Private Clinic, is one of a very small number of Surgeons to offer such a procedure in the UK. Mr Kyriakides has been successfully treating patients for a number of years with lots of success. You will be in very experienced and trained hands at The Private Clinic as our team have over 10 years of experience regularly performing vein procedures.

The practitioners who carry out these vein procedures are highly qualified and have successfully treated many hundreds of patients with expert precision and care. We are also amongst very few in the industry to treat veins under the eyes.

The medical team that perform our pelvic vein procedures have many years of experience, treating patients regularly as well as being fully qualified.

Comments from patients

“I’m so pleased with the results and it is really life changing for me!” *

Nicole Hopkirk, Former Managing Editor, MSN Health

“I just wanted to say thanks to you all for being such a great team and for making me feel at ease from  the start to finish on the day of my procedure. I was really nervous, but you all made me feel much more comfortable with your warm and friendly approach. I would highly recommend you to anyone and can’t wait to see my final results!” *


“So impressed, extremely professional, extremely friendly, lovely set up. Felt so relaxed and at ease, would more than highly recommend The Private Clinic and I’m considering having other procedures in the new year. Thank you!” *

Catherine, Leeds

“Thank you so much. Everyone was so friendly and caring. Could not fault anything. I have already recommended the treatment to everyone.” *


“I am 100% satisfied. Great doctor and staff. The results are amazing. I feel like a new person. You have the WOW factor!” *


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