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what is the definition or description of: cesarean section?

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Dr. Osbert Fernandez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Cesarean section: Cesarean section is an operative procedure that is used to delivery the baby through an abdominal incision rather than delivering the baby through the vagina.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Life-saving delivery: Cesarean delivery is the most commonly performed life-saving surgery in obstetrics; it involves safe delivery of the fetus(es) via an incision on the lower abdomen of the pregnant woman, thus bypassing the birth canal.
Dr. Daniel Hakimi
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Knowledge of ceserea: Most common operation performed in the US. In the past few years the incidence of Cesarean has risen significantly in the US with major cities having the historic highest rates. Cesareans are not free of complications either. If you are planning a large family, you will have higher incidence of abnormal placentation.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of having consecutive c-sections?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Depends: It depends on how many c-sections and why you had them. In general, after two c-sections the risks get higher and higher. If you had a c-section for breech or abnormal position, your risk of a second c-section is lower. If you had one because your cervix didn't dilate or the baby wouldn't come down, your risk is higher.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the risks associated with c-sections?

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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Urogynecology 28 years experience
Generally low risk: In general the chance of any complication is low. The risks during the surgery are infection, bleeding, anesthetic complication, injury to the uterus, bladder or other internal organs. The risk for future pregnancies include scar tissue formation, uterine rupture during labor and placenta accrete (where the placenta grows into the outer muscular layer of the uterus).
A 40-year-old member asked:

What do they mean by planned or elective c sections?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not an emergency: Often a C-section is done as an emergency due to fetal distress or some complication. Elective C-section is planned due to known risks to mother or baby. A common reason for an elective C-section is history of previous c section.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the difference in complications or approach for a first time cesarean section, and the second or third one?

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Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Scar tissue: Scar tissue from a previous csection or any other pelvic surgery can make a repeat csection more complicated and difficult. It may take longer to do and their is a slightly higher risk of injury to mom's surrounding organs. If the placenta implants over the previous uterine scar, it may not detach at delivery causing mom to bleed and need a hysterectomy. Even so, most repeat sections go well.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Do you get sedation during cesarean section?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Generally no.: Most cesarean sections are performed under spinal or epidural anesthesia and sedation is not typically used. Rarely c-sections are under general anesthesia. Sedatives can affect fetal/neonatal behavior as well, so they are best avoided. In certain cases and typically after the infant is delivered, low doses of sedatives may be used to alleviate maternal anxiety/stress.

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