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A 31-year-old member asked:

How dangerous can an emergency c-section be?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fairly safe: The risk of injury during a csection is very low (less than 1%), but it is still surgery. There is risk of bleeding, infection, and injury to surrounding organs. The risk is higher if you have had previous pelvic or abdominal surgery.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Depends.: Depending on the emergency (maternal vs. Fetal) stat cesareans can even be lethal. Despite increased risk for infection, fetal injury, hysterectomy and bleeding, stats are generally safe and have great outcomes. Cesarean section is the most commonly performed life-saving surgery in the us nowadays. So, if you or yours need one, rest assured that it is done for good reason and expect great outcome.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How risky is an emergency c-section?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Derek Isenberg
Emergency Medicine 16 years experience
Relatively safe: Like any other emergent surgery, a C-section carries a risk. However this is a very safe surgery and there are very few complications.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Am i fertile after emergency C-section delivery ?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Seth Derman
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 33 years experience
Probably: It is unusual for c-sections, emergency or otherwise to cause infertility. On occasion, they can cause scar tissue that results in infertility.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Do you have to wear support stockings after an emergency c-section?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: After a csection, the best way to prevent dangerous blood clots is to get up and move. During the csection we use devices on the legs to reduce clots that can be continued until the mom is moving. Generally we want our patients out of bed by the following morning.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have emergency C-section without anesthesia?

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Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Emergent C section: Sure. Whatever it takes to get the baby out alive and well.

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