Abdominal Decompression

Abdominal decompression is an obstetric procedure carried out by applying decreased (negative) pressure on lower abdomen.

The procedure is successfully used in maternity centres, maternity homes and Departments of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of medical residential facilities in Saint Petersburg as well as in many other cities and regions of the Russian Federation.

Abdominal decompression allows:

  • Saving pregnancy in 97% of cases
  • Shortening overnight stay in hospital
  • Excluding need for inpatient treatment in 86% of cases

Indications for treatment with abdominal decompression:

  • Threat of ending the pregnancy
  • Early toxaemia of pregnancy
  • Late toxaemia of pregnancy, mild and moderate stages
  • Threat of hypoxia
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases (pain, swelling, adhesive disease, dysminorrhea, infertility)
  • Atherosclerosis in leg arteries, diabetic foot, chronic varicose veins, erysipelas on the legs
  • Alcohol and drug dependence, exposure to toxins and radiation, liver conditions, constipations and overweight

Contraindications include:

  • Malignant tumours
  • Infections
  • Inflammatory diseases in acute stage
  • Essential hypertension, 3rd stage
  • Bleeding during pregnancy
  • Heavy pregnancy toxaemia
  • Antibody titer increase during pregnancy
  • Leg ulcer in acute stage
  • Hemorrhoids in acute stage
  • Peptic ulcer disease in acute stage

Abdominal Decompression in Gynaecology & Obstetrics

Abdominal decompression equipment

Abdominal decompression applies negative pressure intermittently in abdomen and pelvis minor giving positive pressure in legs.

Some advantages over conventional drug therapy include:

  • Mother takes less medications, which excludes negative drug effect on foetus and mother’s body
  • In most cases, switch from inpatient treatment to outpatient, or a less overnight stays of mother in hospital

The experience shows that even at-risk mothers – first-time mothers over 30, gynaecologic complications, experienced miscarriages – after having undergone prenatal procedure course had delivery without complications. Born babies showed significant physical and mental development and increased immune response compared to control-group babies.