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What risks are involved with a C-section?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Cesarean births are often pre-planned, but can also occur as a result of difficult labor. While doctors perform C-sections to ensure safety to more and child, they still carry many possible risks.

Your medical team should explain these risks in great detail before the surgery begins. Here are a few possible adverse effects that can occur during C-sections.

Infections

C-sections carry different types of infection risks. Infections can affect the endometritis or the lining of the uterus. They can also impact the surgical incision made when performing the C-section. Proper wound care is a must in the latter case, as it can prevent major illnesses from occurring.

Respiratory issues

Transient tachypnea is a breathing issue common to babies born via C-section. It typically occurs a few days following the birth and causes an abnormally fast rate of breathing.

Surgical injuries

Although they are less common than other possible effects listed here, surgical injuries can impact both the mother and baby. For example, the mother might experience an injury to the bladder or bowel during the procedure. As for the baby, there is a risk of an injury caused by the scalpel or other surgical instruments.

Hemorrhage and blood clots

There is a risk of hemorrhage both during the procedure and following the delivery. Doctors must monitor the health of the mother to ensure any bleeding is immediately controlled. Women who receive C-sections also have a higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. This condition can progress to pulmonary embolism, which is a serious medical issue requiring immediate care.

Your medical staff must take great care when performing C-sections. If you have questions or concerns about the procedure, speak up to ensure you are fully informed.

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