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Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

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What is pelvic congestion syndrome?

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS), also known as pelvic venous insufficiency, is a chronic condition characterised by pain resulting from abnormal blood flow in the pelvic veins. Unlike other sources of pelvic pain, PCS isn’t limited to pregnancy or menstrual cycles; it can be present at any time. It is important to consider that pelvic pain can also arise from other factors affecting the bladder, reproductive organs, or digestive system.

In PCS, the veins in the pelvis dilate or widen, causing blood to pool in this region, leading to discomfort and pain. This condition most often affects the left side of the pelvis. Women aged 20 to 45 are more prone to developing PCS, and the risk increases with a history of multiple pregnancies.

What are the treatment options for pelvic congestion syndrome?

It’s crucial for all patients experiencing pelvic pain to undergo a gynecological review and/or laparoscopy to rule out other more common causes, like endometriosis or fibroids. This assessment helps determine if a simpler medication or treatment plan can address the root cause of the discomfort.

Dr. O’Donnell treats pelvic congestion syndrome with a minimally invasive day procedure. This process involves using an X-ray machine and intravenous dye to identify the problematic vein causing blood reflux or pooling in the pelvis. The goal is to access this vein and prevent further reflux, which ultimately relieves the pressure and pain.

Access quality minimally invasive endovascular & open vascular surgical care on the Sunshine Coast.

What to expect when visiting Dr Jill O’Donnell for pelvic congestion syndrome


Visit one of our Sunshine Coast clinics to discuss your concerns and understand what your history includes. We will discuss your options with you before beginning your course of treatment.


If a surgical treatment option is agreed upon, you will be admitted to hospital for your procedure. Typically, these procedures only take a few hours, allowing you to return home the same day.


Depending on each case, a tailored recovery plan will be provided to you to ensure that you are back on your feet in no time!

Why choose Dr Jill O’Donnell for pelvic congestion syndrome treatment

Dr O’Donnell has over 10 years of experience, specialising in minimally invasive endovascular & open vascular surgical care.

She provides vascular surgical care tailored to your specific condition

Communication is important, so you are involved every step of the way

You can choose from a variety of clinics across the Sunshine Coast