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What are the health effects of having multiple c sections?

What are the health effects of having multiple c sections?

Adhesions # 1: Adhesions are when two or more internal abdominal parts like bowel attaches like "spider webs" to other internal organs. Multiple intra-abdominal surgeries of any kind can cause this problem including C/sections. Visually this looks to a surgeon on abdominal opening like a "cracker jacks box" which has received moisture prior to opening and everything in stuck in a rectangle-a surgeons "nightmare" ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Cesarean Section (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Will having had multiple c-sections affect my ability to have a natural birth?

Will having had multiple c-sections affect my ability to have a natural birth?

Potientially: Since the risk of uterine rupture during labor increases after c-sections, a vaginal delivery in a facility able to immediately move you to surgery is advised. Many women do have successful vaginal deliveries after c-sections. ...Read more

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Why don't women all have c-sections to avoid tearing their vagina?

Why don't women all have c-sections to avoid tearing their vagina?

Interesting question: The answer is not entirely medical. In body image conscious Brazil, 90% of women do have c-sections to prevent damage to their pelvic organs. In the USA, a normal vaginal delivery is considered less risky than a c/section and most insurance companies won't pay for an elective c/section because it is more expensive than a vaginal delivery. Some Ob/Gyns will do elective c/sections if desired. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had 3 c-sections and I'm pregnant.. what should I do?

What do you recommend if I had 3 c-sections and I'm pregnant.. what should I do?

Discuss: your options with your physician/ obstetrician. S/he will be in a better position to advise you of the risks involved and your options. Take care. ...Read more

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Hello, have never had any female problems. I am 26 yrs of age. Have had 2 c-sections and started having bad lower pain in my left pelvic area about 3 months after having my second child. I thought this would go away but has gotten worse. I have pains in m

Hello, have never had any female problems. I am 26 yrs of age. Have had 2 c-sections and started having bad lower pain in my left pelvic area about 3 months after having my second child. I thought this would go away but has gotten worse. I have pains in m

If : If there was a tumor they would have likely seen in on ultrasound. If your ovaries do not go down in size then they may order a ct scan (cat scan) of your pelvis to get a better look at your ovaries. Depending on the results additional testing will be ordered. Were you on birth control pills or hormones or any other supplements recently? If so that may be to blame. Lastly, it sounds like your doctor(s) are doing the appropriate work up. Make sure you get an explanation as to why your ovaries were/are enlarged. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Had 1st c-sec 7 wks ago. I read online many women have miscarriages after their c-sections why does that happen now I'm worried for future miscariges

Had 1st c-sec 7 wks ago. I read online many women have miscarriages after their c-sections why does that happen  now I'm worried for future miscariges

Miscarriages happen: Many pregnancies miscarry (it's a normal part of life). Many women miscarry before their C-sections, and many women miscarry after their C-sections... which means miscarrying is not related to C-sections. If a woman has repeated miscarriages, her Ob-Gyn doctor can help find out if she has a disorder that makes her more likely than normal, to have miscarriages. ...Read more

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What is death rate if too many c sections?

What is death rate if too many c sections?

Low: This is something that each woman must discuss with her own obstetrician. Some woman have no problems; for others, each one is more difficult than the last because of weakening of the uterine wall and scar tissue around the operative site. Actually dying is uncommon enough that no one has amassed the numbers to provide a death rate; that tells me it's low. ...Read more

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Why are women 35 + forced into c-sections?

Why are women 35 + forced into c-sections?

They are not: They are not. Many over age 35 have vaginal deliveries. It is true that the older you are at the time of your first pregnancy the higher the c section rate. No one should be forcing you have a c section. ...Read more

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I've had five c-sections how.Serious would it be to have another one?

I've had five c-sections how.Serious would it be to have another one?

Surgical scarring : The government-funded study showed that the more cesarean births a woman had the greater her risk of developing potentially serious pregnancy complications. The incidence of delivery-related hysterectomies was more than five times higher for women undergoing their fourth cesarean birth than for women having their second c-section possibility of blood tranfusion higer. Placenta accreta are higher. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have more than 3 c sections

Is it safe to have more than 3 c sections

Possibly: With each pregnancy after a c-section, your risk of complications with the placenta (placenta previa) and uterus (uterine rupture) increase. Therefore, the more c-sections you have, the higher your risk each time. However, many women successfully have more than 3 c-sections. It's a good idea to discuss this with your obstetrician who can better discuss your personal risks. ...Read more

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Repeat c-sections- are they safe as vbac?

Repeat c-sections- are they safe as vbac?

Much, much safer!: A second repeat prelabor cesarean section is 13 times less likely to result in fetal death as compared to attempted vbac! third and fourth (fifth etc) repeat prelabor cesarean sections are exponentially more dangerous for the mother but always safer for the baby when compared to attempted vbac. Only attempt vbac if your md agrees and you want >2 more pregnancies if you accept 1/200 risk of rupture. ...Read more

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How do doctors schedule planned c-sections?

How do doctors schedule planned c-sections?

Www.ACOG.org/Patient: You may find an answer to your question and to many other pregnancy and delivery related questions at the website of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologistis: https://www.acog.org/Patients ...Read more

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Would you go to a midwife who condoned elective c-sections?

Elective csections: Are acceptable and can be scheduled, the american college of obgyn said once a pt has been counseled of the risks and benefits she can have an elective c-scetion. I do elective c-sections in my patients after I have done the above if they desire it. I would not go to a midwife who does vbacs- ( that should only be done by a doctor) or one who does home births as i no one can predict the future. ...Read more

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Any ideas if I can have a vbac after 2 previous c-sections?

Any ideas if I can have a vbac after 2 previous c-sections?

Maybe: The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology does consider a VBAC after two cesarean sections to be safe if: both uterine incisions were low transverse cervical and if there was no evidence of uterine rupture or a peritoneal "window" at the time of the second cesarean. The overall success rates of VBAC is approximately 75% but depends greatly on the reason for the cesarean sections. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have vaginal delivery after having two c-sections?

Is it ok to have vaginal delivery after having two c-sections?

Yes: It can be. There is data to support vbac after two prior c sections. The chances of success are dependent on multiple factors such as the reason for the prior c sections and any history of prior vaginal birth. It is becoming difficult to find ob's willing to provide vbac so discuss it early. If this is an option you want, find a provider that will work with you. ...Read more

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If a baby is too big will the doctors induce or give c sections?

If a baby is too big will the doctors induce or give c sections?

C/sections: Cesarean delivery to avoid potential birth trauma is usually limited to an estimated fetal weight of at least 5,000 g (11 pounds) in women without diabetes and at least 4,500 g (9.9 pounds) in women with diabetes. Short of this, most docs usually recommend a trial of labor to see if the cervix dilates. Early induction if the baby is getting big isn't usually recommended. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Do women have to have c-sections if they are giving birth to multiples?

Do women have to have c-sections if they are giving birth to multiples?

No: In this day of modern obstetrics most women opt to have cesarean section for twins and mulitple gestation. If this is a twin pregnancy, term, with the first twin head first and normal sized babies then vaginal delivery is a good option. You should discuss your options with your caregiver as each pregnancy is different and circumstances change. Multiples greater than two usually require cesarean. ...Read more

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Why is it that the numbness and the pain in the midsection and back after c sections?

Why is it that the numbness and the pain in the midsection and back after c sections?

See below: After a c-section there may be some numbness in the midsection due to the irritation or damage of some of the abdominal nerves by the operation. This numbness will slowly improve over time (months). The numbness in the back should resolve more quickly since it is probably due to the anesthesia. If it does not resolve within a week i would talk to your OB surgeon or your anesthesiologist. ...Read more