Indexed on: 15 Mar '15Published on: 15 Mar '15Published in: Gynecologic and obstetric investigation
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a life-threatening condition with a worldwide occurrence. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a reflexed compression suture in controlling severe atonic PPH with placenta accreta.Eleven women with severe PPH due to uterine inertia or placenta accreta were administered the reflexed compression suture. The procedure was to reflex the fundus onto the anterior wall of the uterus for compressing hemostasis and to form a 'belt-like' binding suture to reinforce the effectiveness of pressing the myometrium.Ten of the 11 women (90.9%) were successfully treated with the suture, and the uterus was preserved. None of these patients developed complications related to this method. Only in 1 patient with placenta increta could the bleeding not be stanched, and a peripartum hysterectomy was performed. Two women had pregnancies after the suture.The reflexed compression suture is a simple, swift, safe and effective technique of controlling uterine atonic bleeding, particularly in patients with an abnormally adherent placenta. The advantage of not having to conduct a hysterotomy also lies in reducing the duration of anesthesia and blood loss.