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Obstetrics and Gynecology International
Volume 2017, Article ID 7171520, 4 pages
Clinical Study

A Novel Atraumatic Tourniquet Technique for Excessive Bleeding during Cesarean Sections

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kayseri Education and Research Hospital, Kayseri, Turkey
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Park Uşak Hospital, Uşak, Turkey
3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ege University Hospital, İzmir, Turkey

Correspondence should be addressed to Emre Canverenler; moc.liamg@ermerelnerevnac

Received 29 July 2016; Accepted 10 November 2016; Published 9 January 2017

Academic Editor: Everett Magann

Copyright © 2017 Baris Buke et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. Controlling excessive bleeding in cesarean sections which may cause a life-threatening event even under well-prepared conditions. We used a novel atraumatic tourniquet technique to temporary arrest blood flow through the uterine and ovarian vessels and compare with other techniques. Toothless vascular clamps were used as clamp. Methods. Tourniquet technique performed postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) cases (19 out of 37) were compared with 18 other cases with PPH. Results. The difference between preoperative and postoperative hemoglobin values was significantly lower in the study group as well as the number of blood products needed during and after surgery. Conclusions. This technique not only prevented massive bleeding from the uterus but also allowed physicians time to consider the necessity of further interventions.