Earlier this month vein care experts from around the world met in Boston, Massachusetts for what is widely considered the most comprehensive meeting on vein disease in the world, the world meeting of the International Union of Phlebology. Hosted by the American College of Phlebology, this 6-day conference was schedule packed with meetings, panels, keynotes and “hands-on” simulation sessions.
Dr. Carl M. Black, a faculty member of UIP (International Union of Phlebology) and a seasoned expert in all aspects of vein care, was invited to give presentations on pelvic venous congestion and the use of intravenous filters in the prevention of pulmonary embolism.
Dr. Black explained that, “At least 30% of women with chronic pelvic pain suffer from a condition referred to as pelvic venous congestion (or pelvic congestion syndrome).” This condition is due to abnormal pooling of blood in dilated pelvic varicose veins. Women with this condition often describe pelvic or lower back pain that is worsened with prolonged standing and is typically most severe at the end of the day. The pain usually improves while lying down and is least severe upon awakening in the morning. Fortunately, pelvic congestion can be easily diagnosed and treated using state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques.
Bio: Carl M. Black, MD
Dr. Carl M. Black is a fellowship-trained, board certified interventional radiologist. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and is a board member of the American College of Phlebology. His professional areas of expertise include treatment of disorders of arteries and veins, including atherosclerotic blockages, acute ischemic stroke, varicose vein disease, blood clots, and vascular malformations. He also performs interventional spine procedures for pain management, including treatment of vertebral body compression fractures.