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For those curious about what a venogram is For those curious about what a venogram is

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Unread 04-30-2002, 05:38 PM
For those curious about what a venogram is

I posted an update following my venogram in another thread, and Ruthie suggested that other sisters might be curious to know about the procedure, so I thought I would start another thread in case anyone wants to know.

The procedure I had was called a pelvic venogram, and it was ordered by the pelvic pain specialist I will be seeing for the first time this Friday. I had a lap in 98 that showed possible varicose veins in my pelvis, so he ordered the venogram to get a good look at the blood flow in the pelvic region.

I went into the hospital yesterday morning, and they started an IV with fluids. (I had had nothing to eat since midnight the night before.) They later brought me back to the room where the procedure was to be done. I had three nurses, a resident, and three interventional radiologists during the procedure. They injected Verced (to relax me) and Fentenyl (a narcotic pain reliever) into my IV, and I was immediately calm and relaxed! I dozed off and on throughout the procedure, but for the most part I was awake and was able to ask questions (which everyone was very kind to answer). They then hooked me up to heart and oxygen monitors. Once I was relaxed, they injected a numbing solution into my right groin area, and then they inserted a catheter through a small incision through my gonadal vein. The procedure is similar to an angiogram which is done in the heart, but instead of going into an artery as they do with angiogram, they went into a vein. This greatly reduces bleeding and potential complications.

The catheter was threaded through the vein up to the pelvic region. They had a difficult time getting the catheter through my left ovarian vein, and I did feel some poking and prodding around my ovary during that time. I just told the nurse that I could feel it and I instantly had more pain meds! After 40 minutes and numerous attempts to get the catheter through on the left, they gave up and went to the right. Once the catheter was where they wanted it, they injected dye to give them a good look at the pelvic veins.

From what I can remember (and it's sketchy since I was medicated), they told me the blood flow looked good. I'm not sure if they were able to see everything they wanted to on the left because of the difficulty with the catheter. I'll have to wait until Friday when I see the specialist to hear about the report. Once the radiologists were done, the nurses took me off the monitors, held pressure over the site where the catheter went in, and bandaged me up.

I was then taken to recovery, where I had to lay completely flat for an hour -- this was to prevent any bleeding. I was then able to get up to go to the bathroom, and then I had to sit in a recliner for another hour. Once they were convinced I had no bleeding problems, I was able to get dressed and go home. I was fairly woozy for most of the afternoon from the meds, so I slept most of the day. I was instructed to stay in bed or in a recliner for the day to prevent any bleeding or complications, but I was able to resume my normal activities today. My normal activities include running around after twin 2 1/2 year old toddlers, so I think I overdid it today. I'm pretty sore where the catheter went in, and very tired.

That's about it -- I'll be interested to see what the radiologists report says when I see my doctor on Friday, since I don't remember most of what they told me. If anyone has any questions, I'll be happy to answer them the best I can.

Hope this info helps other sisters who may be going through this.
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Unread 04-30-2002, 06:45 PM
For those curious about what a venogram is

Didn't see your other post but am curious as to why they would do a procedure like this. What are the symptons to necessitate something like this?
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Unread 05-01-2002, 12:19 AM
For those curious about what a venogram is

Thanks for describing this procedure, Susan. Now it will be in the files for anyone doing a "search" and could be very helpful to someone.
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Unread 05-01-2002, 05:45 AM
For those curious about what a venogram is

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Didn't see your other post but am curious as to why they would do a procedure like this. What are the symptons to necessitate something like this?
My symptoms are constant pelvic pain, pressure, "bloated" and "full" feeling. My pain is worse at night, is only somewhat relieved by laying down, and worsens with any type of exercise or activity. My periods are excruciating. I had a lap in 98 that showed pelvic varicose veins, and the venogram was done to get a good look at the blood flow in the pelvic region. I guess what they were looking for were varicose veins, retrograde (backwards) blood flow and pooling of the blood in the lower veins in the pelvis.

Hope this helps.
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Unread 05-01-2002, 06:13 AM
For those curious about what a venogram is

Susan, thank you so much for posting that! I'm sorry you had to go through that though!

Sara
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