Efficacy and Feasibility of Chhattisgarh Balloon and Conventional Condom Balloon Tamponade: A 2-Year Prospective Study



To evaluate the clinical efficacy of two types of condom uterine balloon tamponade systems, namely Chhattisgarh condom balloon device “CG balloon (CGB)” having a central drainage channel as well as indigenous tying system to fasten condom to the catheter and conventional condom uterine balloon device (C-UBT) as a second-line intervention in post-partum haemorrhage (PPH).

Materials and Methods

The present non-randomised prospective case series was carried out from December 2014 to September 2016 and included 60 women having PPH which was refractory to first-line management and who were treated with either of the two condom balloon tamponade devices prepared on spot. Women with allergy to latex, retained placenta, uterine rupture, anomaly, genital infection and/or malignancy were excluded. Case report forms were filled for all participants and analysed. Primary outcome was arrest of haemorrhage, and one of the secondary outcomes was cost and consistency of the devices.


CGB was used in 46 and C-UBT in 14 women. The overall success rate was 98.33%. The mean blood loss was 1417 mL. Women of C-UBT group had greater blood loss, higher inflation volume and delays due to technical issues (OR 7.6). CGB was cheaper and more consistent than C-UBT by omitting the use of suture material.


CGB and conventional condom balloon tamponade both are easy to use, feasible and efficacious for control of PPH, but CGB condom balloon device has the advantage of a central drainage lumen for real-time assessment of blood loss and therefore early corrective action.

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Nalini Mishra is currently working as Professor, Kanchan Gulabani is working as Resident Medical Officer, Sumi Agrawal is working as Assistant Professor, and Chandrashekhar Shrivastava is working as Associate professor in the Dept of O&G, Pt JNM Med College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.

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Inconsistencies in assembly and use of conventional condom balloon tamponade prepared by tying the condom over catheter by suture material. The knot strength varies with operator, and the video shows leaking of the saline due to loose knot when the balloon is inflated. When the knot is very tight, it precludes inflation as is shown by no flow of saline through the infusion set. The distal end has to be occluded and is shown by three methods: by tying a thread, by tying a knot in catheter itself or by a clamp. (WMV 21326 kb)

Use of CG balloon for PPH management. Video shows a PPH simulation no responding to first-line management. A CG balloon is assembled, vagina is retracted by big speculum, and anterior lip of cervix is grasped with sponge holding forceps. The CGB is kept between and along two fingers and inserted into the uterine cavity till the rim of the condom is at the level of cervical os. CGB is now inflated with saline through the bulb inflation port by alternating syringes. The inflated balloon is shown in the simulated uterine cavity. The arrest of bleeding is judged through real-time blood loss assessment through the drainage tube of catheter attached to a collecting bag. Vagina is packed; bladder is catheterised. Note: Vagina can be packed after placement of device into the uterine cavity so as to prevent expulsion during inflation. (WMV 10607 kb)

Use of CGB in combination with other method. The video shows a “Uterine sandwich surgery” combining intrauterine balloon tamponade with classical B-Lynch suture in a grand multipara anaemic woman who delivered twins by caesarean section. She had intractable bleeding due to uterine atony, not responding to any uterotonic agent or to B-Lynch suture alone which is shown to be in place already, the CGB is inserted through the uterine incision, and the catheter shaft is made to traverse through cervical canal in a retrograde manner and is pulled out by an assistant through vaginal route. The balloon is shown to be inflated partially (with 50 mL) to prevent displacement through the patulous cervical os. The B-Lynch suture is the tied and uterine incision is closed taking care not to rupture the balloon. The uterus is shown after repair of incision and with classical B-Lynch as well as CGB in situ. The bleeding is reassessed which is shown to be continuing in the drainage channel connected to the bag. Further inflation of CGB is done till arrest of bleeding (achieved at 180 mL). The abdominal wall is closed after haemostasis. (WMV 21646 kb)

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Mishra, N., Gulabani, K., Agrawal, S. et al. Efficacy and Feasibility of Chhattisgarh Balloon and Conventional Condom Balloon Tamponade: A 2-Year Prospective Study. J Obstet Gynecol India 69, 133–141 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13224-018-1185-6

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  • Post-partum haemorrhage
  • Innovative condom balloon tamponade
  • CG Balloon
  • Low-resource settings
  • Maternal mortality