The second day of the International Veins Meeting saw some fascinating lectures and live sessions take place across the Auditorium, Leg Ulcer Charity Room and Science Lecture Rooms – with a particular focus on pelvic veins.

Attendees were eased into the day with a series of keynote lectures discussing Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS) from both a gynaecological perspective and a surgical perspective.

Later in the morning, attendees were invited to watch a live Pelvic Vein Embolisation procedure, performed by Consultant Interventional Radiologist Dr. Previn Diwakar, Clinical Vascular Scientist Lyn Davis, and their team. The surgery, which took place at an operating theatre in central London, was streamed live to a screen in the Auditorium for everyone to watch, and was sponsored by Boston Scientific.  

Following a well-deserved lunch-break, American CoP Prize Winner and Chief Sonographer at The Whiteley Clinic, Judy Holdstock, hosted a lecture about ultrasound scanning for minimally invasive varicose vein treatments. After being awarded first prize for her research paper on pelvic vein investigations at the 31st Annual Conference of the American College of Phlebology last year, Judy was able to share some unique and interesting insight into successful ultrasound protocol, and offer instructions on how to scan veins effectively in order to outperform MRI results.

There was also a first-hand patient account from Sarah Stewart, who suffered with PCS for many years until she successfully underwent Pelvic Vein Embolisation treatment at The Whiteley Clinic back in January 2016.

Other key highlights from day two included a talk from Dr. Miguel Leon Donoso on how to successfully diagnose and treat Pelvic Congestion Syndrome, a lecture on how to surgically treat ‘Nutcracker Syndrome’ from Domenico Baccellieri, a discussion with Emma Dabbs surrounding Post Embolisation Syndrome, and a live TransVaginal Ultrasound scan performed by sonographer Angie White.