Hysterectomy is rarely performed for saving life, however it is often a treatment option when it is not possible to stop bleeding following the birth of a child, however this is a radical treatment and will prevent women from having children in the future.
In this study 28 consecutive patients who underwent pelvic embolisation for post-partum haemorrhage between the years 1977 and 2002 were included in the study. The researchers have found that pelvic arterial embolisation is a safe and effective procedure and offers patients a fertility-preserving alternative to hysterectomy for treatment of intractable post-partum haemorrhage.
(Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Nov;102(5 Pt 1):904-10)