Ovarian vein embolisation
This minimally invasive procedure is a treatment for pelvic vein congestion used to close off faulty veins so they can no longer enlarge with blood, thus relieving the pain. Pelvic vein congestion is a painful condition resulting from the presence of varicose veins in the pelvis.
During this procedure, an interventional radiologist inserts a catheter up the femoral vein and into the faulty vein(s). Catheterisation requires only a small nick in the skin for insertion and x-ray image guidance of the catheter to its target area.
The catheter delivers filament-bearing coils that clot the blood and seal the faulty vein.