Peripheral Vascular Partners

Ovarian Vein Embolization

How is Pelvic Congestion Syndrome treated?

Ovarian vein embolization, or OVE, is a minimally-invasive treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome.

Performed by an interventional radiologist, this vascular procedure involves the closure of malfunctioning veins within the pelvis to prevent further enlargement. 


Ovarian Vein Embolization is an effective treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome.  An OVE procedure can drastically relieve the pain caused by faulty pelvic veins, and make sure they are no longer enlarged with excess blood.


During the procedure, an interventional radiologist makes a very small puncture in the skin of the patient’s upper leg, and inserts a catheter into the femoral vein. An xray contrast is used to visualize the path of the veins, this is called a venogram. The doctor can then place the catheter to the faulty ovarian vein, which is typically on the left side of the body.


From there, a combination of small metal coils and a chemical to help scar and permanently close the abnormal ovarian vein are placed through the catheter, blocking the blood vessels supplying the varicose veins. This stops the improper flow and the body will reroute normal venous blood outflow through normal veins deep in the pelvis, ultimately helping to relieve symptoms associated with PCS.

Who is Ovarian Vein Embolization best suited for?

An OVE procedure is best suited for patients who are experiencing typical symptoms confirmed to be due to Pelvic Congestion Syndrome,  and want a less invasive treatment option. These tend to be women in the 20-50 year old age range. 


Ovarian Vein Embolization is also best for patients who have not had success with other treatments, but don’t wish to have a major surgery like a hysterectomy.

What are the benefits of Ovarian Vein Embolization?

Minimally invasive procedures like OVE have a far shorter recovery time, and don’t leave the scars associated with invasive surgery. It is a same day procedure, meaning your treatment will be complete that day and you will be able to recover in the comfort of your own home.


OVE can help patients relieve the painful symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome, without the need for major surgery. While a hysterectomy can help with the PCS, it carries a significantly higher risk of complications. Ovarian Vein Embolization can be just as effective, without the risks associated with a major surgery.


It’s important to take the time to choose the right vascular team to perform your OVE procedure. You need well-trained professionals, who have access to the absolute best in state-of-the-art medical technology.

Who should I choose to perform my Ovarian Vein Embolization?

If you want the top medical professionals for your OVE procedure, then your best option is Peripheral Vascular Partners. 


At Peripheral Vascular Partners, we specialize in minimally invasive vascular treatments. We focus on procedures with minimal recovery time, and our trained specialists are there to help you every step of the way.


A hysterectomy is not your only option. An OVE treatment can help you get relief from pelvic congestion syndrome without the risk and discomfort of an invasive procedure. We understand you have questions about this treatment, and we are ready to answer them.