Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 287, Issue 1, pp 25–29 | Cite as

Single square hemostatic suture for postpartum hemorrhage secondary to uterine atony

  • Ozgur Akbayir
  • Aytul Corbacioglu Esmer
  • Pınar Cilesiz Goksedef
  • Ali Ekiz
  • Aysu Akca
  • Birgul Guraslan
  • Gokce Akagunduz
Maternal-Fetal Medicine



The objective of this study is to describe a novel technique for the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage and evaluate its effectiveness and safety.


Single square hemostatic suture was performed for uterine atony when postpartum hemorrhage did not respond to medical therapy and bilateral uterine artery ligation. We retrospectively reviewed the data of 11 women and evaluated their endometrial cavity with hydrosonography after a follow-up period of 8–34 months.


The single square hemostatic suture successfully stopped bleeding in all of the cases. Of the 11 women, 2 could not be traced. Menstruation started without delay in nine women. One of the women achieved pregnancy 25 months after surgery. The six women who underwent hydrosonography had an intact endometrial cavity.


For women who desire future fertility, and when bilateral uterine artery ligation is not sufficient to control PPH, single square suturing may be used as an effective and safe procedure.


Postpartum hemorrhage Atony Single square suture Hemostatic suture Uterine compression suture 



The authors would like to thank Dr. Yavuz Ceylan for his valuable contribution to diagrams.

Conflict of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ozgur Akbayir
    • 1
  • Aytul Corbacioglu Esmer
    • 2
  • Pınar Cilesiz Goksedef
    • 3
  • Ali Ekiz
    • 1
  • Aysu Akca
    • 1
  • Birgul Guraslan
    • 1
  • Gokce Akagunduz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyKanuni Sultan Suleyman Research and Teaching HospitalIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Istanbul Faculty of MedicineIstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyHaseki Research and Teaching HospitalIstanbulTurkey

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