Varicose veins can be an unsightly problem for many people. In most instances, varicose veins present themselves on the legs of those who suffer from them. Many treatments help patients deal with varicose veins in their legs, so finding varicose veins in unusual places, such as the pelvis can be unsettling.
While it may seem like pelvic varicose veins are challenging to treat, Suffolk Vein and Vascular has strategies to help address the issue to help you look and feel your best. Here are a few causes for pelvic varicose veins and how we can treat them.
Causes of Pelvic Varicose Veins
Pelvic varicose veins come as a surprise to many people and have several causes. One of the common reasons that pelvic varicose veins present themselves is from being overweight. Rapid weight gain can create additional pressure on the veins that surround the pelvis. The extra stress causes blood to pool in the veins, expanding and weakening the venous walls. After this, the enlarged veins become visible underneath the skin, presenting as pelvic varicose veins.
Another factor that can cause pelvic varicose veins is pregnancy.
Pelvic varicose veins can present themselves during pregnancy for several reasons. Among the most common are the rapid weight gain and hormonal changes that expected mothers experience while carrying their unborn babies. Also, pregnant women can develop varicose veins from increased blood flow and additional pressure on the body’s most prominent vein, the inferior vena cava (IFC).
Other cases of pelvic varicose veins include genetics, prolonged sitting, and repeated pregnancies.
Treating Pelvic Varicose Veins
Pelvic varicose veins come with many symptoms, some of which can be debilitating enough to disrupt your quality of life. Although pelvic varicose veins are rarely life-threatening, they can be uncomfortable. Symptoms of pelvic varicose veins can include
- Mood Swings
- Severe pain during menstruation
- Back pain
- Vaginal discharge
If you suffer from pelvic varicose veins, our office is happy to help. We offer a minimally invasive procedure called embolization to eliminate unhealthy veins. The procedure eliminates the vein by injecting a solution that causes the diseased vein to collapse and be absorbed by the body slowly. Once this happens, healthy veins replace the diseased vein in circulation, restoring healthy blood flow.
An embolization procedure typically takes around 30 minutes to complete, allowing you to resume normal activities quickly. The results of an embolization procedure can vary, but many patients have a positive response to treatment.
If you want to learn more about embolization for your pelvic varicose veins, please reach out to our office. Schedule a consultation at one of our 3 locations by calling us today at (631) 476-9100.