Story Check In 2019, Prof. Mark S. Whiteley, a British vascular surgeon, received the Bauerfeind Phlebology Award for his study project on the effects of compression therapy in patients with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS).
- One in six women and one in 30 men are affected by varicose veins in the legs. The most common cause for PCS is reflux of blood in the gonadal veins as well as the internal iliac veins in the pelvis. The diagnosis is difficult because most cases are asymptomatic and imaging processes are limited.
- In cases of severe PCS symptoms, an embolization of the pelvic veins is usually carried out. Prof. Whiteley is currently investigating whether wearing compression pants is suitable for alleviating chronic pain.
- According to Prof. Whiteley, the advantages of compression therapy compared with surgical coil embolization include cost-efficiency and lack of complications of a non-invasive method.