B-Lynch suture

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The B-Lynch suture or B-Lynch procedure is a form of compression suture used in gynecology. It is used to mechanically compress an atonic uterus in the face of severe postpartum hemorrhage. It was developed by Christopher B-Lynch, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecological surgeon based at Milton Keynes General Hospital, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.[1] B-Lynch was born in 1947 in Sierra Leone with the birth name of Christopher Balogun-Lynch.[2]

The technique was first described in 1997.[3][4] It can stop postpartum hemorrhage without the need for pelvic surgery and potentially preserving fertility.[5] It is regarded as "the best form of surgical approach for controlling atonic PPH as it helps in preserving the anatomical integrity of the uterus."[6]

Absorbable suture can be left in situ, and would typically not lead to problems with future pregnancies.[7]

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  1. ^ El-Hamamy, E; B-Lynch, C (2005). Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, cited at Informa healthcare 25 (2): 143–149. doi:10.1080/01443610500040752 http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01443610500040752 |url= missing title (help). 
  2. ^ "Professor Christopher B-Lynch: A worthy son of Sierra Leone; an inspiration to us". Awareness Times. November 2, 2006. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ B-Lynch, C; et al. (March 1997). "The B-Lynch surgical technique for the control of massive postpartum haemorrhage: an alternative to hysterectomy? Five cases reported.". British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 104 (3): 372–375. 
  4. ^ Gibbs, Ronald S.; et al. (2008). Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology (10 ed.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. p. 455. ISBN 978-0-7817-6937-2. 
  5. ^ Studd, John; et al. (2006). Progress in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 17. Elsevier Science Limited. p. 269. ISBN 978-0-443-10313-1. 
  6. ^ Saxena, Richa (2011). Tips and Tricks in Operative Obstetrics and Gynecology. Jaypee Brothers Medical Pub. p. 243. ISBN 978-9350252383. 
  7. ^ Grotegut, C; et al. (Oct 2004). "Erosion of a B-Lynch suture through the uterine wall: a case report". J Reprod Med 49 (10): 849–52. 

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