The Journal of Bucharest College of Physicians and the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences

Uterine Artery Embolization for Uncontrollable Hemorrhage after Vaginal Hysterectomy


Hysterectomy is the most common gynecologic procedure performed all over the world and various complications may appear depending on the surgical route. Delayed postoperative hemorrhage is a rare, life threatening complication. It requires timely management and recently the surgical reinterventions tend to be replaced by minimally invasive techniques. Transcatheter arterial embolization shows good results as a treatment strategy for massive vaginal bleeding post hysterectomy, when vaginal vault suturing fails to achieve hemostasis. We report a case of right uterine artery bleeding occurring 30 days after vaginal hysterectomy that was successfully treated by transcatheter arterial embolization.