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Treatment / Postpartum Hemorrhage Embolization

Postpartum Hemorrhage Embolization

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) remains one of the major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality throughout the world. The most common cause of PPH is when the uterus does not contract strongly enough after giving birth and blood vessels in the uterus bleed freely. This minimally invasive procedure blocks the blood flow to the uterus to stop the bleeding.

Historically, hysterectomy has been the only solution to control the bleeding and stop postpartum hemorrhage.

What to Expect from the Procedure

An interventional radiologist (IR) will insert a catheter into the femoral artery and using image guidance will navigate into the arteries supplying blood to the uterus. The IR will then inject small particles that block the blood flow to the uterus and stop the bleeding.

Reported clinical success is around 85%, with patients having a cessation of bleeding and no need for additional therapy or surgery.

Advantages versus Surgery

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • No loss of fertility
  • No general anesthesia risk

* This information about Postpartum Hemorrhage Embolization was reviewed by Dr. Jason R. Bauer. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.

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