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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Cesarean Section (Overview)

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.


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How can I exercise after a cesarean section?

How can I exercise after a cesarean section?

Carefully.: After 3-6 weeks have passed from your cesarean section (and if ok with your doctor) you may start working out slowly with swimming, treadmill, or stationary bike. Don't overdo it, though - 30-45 minutes 4-5 times/week suffice. Depending on your prior habits, you may further increase this regimen back to your baseline within 3-6 months after the c-section. Avoid heavy lifting! ...Read more

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
1,450 Doctors shared insights

Cesarean Section (Overview)

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.


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What necessitates an emergency cesarean section?

What necessitates an emergency cesarean section?

Baby not tolerating: Emergency cesareans are done when the baby is not tolerating labor, or when there is an emergent condition that develops and baby will not tolerate remaining in the uterus any longer. These include: umbilical cord prolapse, large placental abruption, fetal heart rate anomalies, labor with placenta previa, and many other issues that would make vaginal delivery medically contraindicated. ...Read more

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What is the general procedure for a Cesarean section?

What is the general procedure for a Cesarean section?

See below: You come into the hospital, they draw some labs and put the baby on the monitor. Once the labs are back, the anesthesiologist will take you to the delivery room and give you medications via an injection through your back to take away all pain receptors.
Read below for further steps
http://www. Webmd. Com/baby/tc/cesarean-section-how-a-cesarean-section-is-done ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cesarean section?

What is the definition or description of: cesarean section?

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. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a cesarean section for the tiny baby?

What are the benefits of a cesarean section for the tiny baby?

Many: The more premature the baby the more problems can happen if born vaginally. They are certainly more sensitive to simple tauma to both the head and body. Can cause more bruising both on and in body and the head. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between being a cesarean section baby and future health?

Is there any relation between being a cesarean section baby and future health?

Smarter?: No adverse outcomes for the infant after c-section! Several studies have found that infant born via c-section are more intelligent than those born via vaginal delivery, although some of this effect may be due to socioeconomic differences between families who can afford a prelabor cesarean section and those who cannot. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between being a cesarean section baby and future delivery?

Is there any correlation between being a cesarean section baby and future delivery?

Increased C/S risk.: As our society is moving to later reproduction and more assisted conceptions for subfertility in the midst of an obesity epidemic (with concurrent diabetes mellitus and hypertension morbidities), I expect the overall c-section to keep rising for the foreseeable future. If you were born via c-section you were probably too big for your mother's pelvis and that's likely to recur when you deliver. ...Read more

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Is it possible for things to not be put back together correctly after a cesarean section?

Is it possible for things to not be put back together correctly after a cesarean section?

Not likely: Cesarean section is the most common operation performed by ob-gyns. This is usually a pretty straight-forward procedure that most og-gyns perform well. If you are having problems after a c-section, see your doctor. There is usually an explanation other than "not being put back together correctly". ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm scared to have a cesarean section. How can I make myself feel better about this?

What do you advise if I'm scared to have a cesarean section. How can I make myself feel better about this?

C-section: Are you frightened that you might need one but have not been told you are at risk? If yes, your doctor or midwife may help to ease your fears by letting you know how your pregnancy is going. If you have already been told you will need a c-section. Reduce your fears by educating yourself about the surgery. Let your provider know about your concerns. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Do you get sedation during cesarean section?

Do you get sedation during cesarean section?

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. ...Read more

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Is it ok to smoke after 3 weeks on cesarean section?

Not really: Smoking will delay your healing--plus this is a good time to just quit. Your baby will be healthier for it, too. ...Read more

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What is the position of the patient in cesarean section?

What is the position of the patient in cesarean section?

Flat: You will be in the "supine" position meaning flat on your back with your legs together and arms extended out to the side. ...Read more

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When can I start exercising my abs after having a cesarean section?

When can I start exercising my abs after having a cesarean section?

By 3 rd wk: Most of the ob&gyn surgeons will allow to do progressive exercises by this time healing will be almost complete. ...Read more

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How does anesthesia during cesarean section block out pain? Will I feel anything?

How does anesthesia during cesarean section block out pain? Will I feel anything?

General or regional: Epidural and spinal anesthesia block hte nerves going to the abdominal muscles and uterus, so you feel no pain, although you may feel a some pressure. You are unconscous when you undergo general anesthesia, so you don't feel anything, but you are also not awake when the baby is born. ...Read more

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6 weeks pp from cesarean. How long does it take to heal internally and externally from c-section?

6 weeks pp from cesarean. How long does it take to heal internally and externally from c-section?

Post C Section: It usually takes about 6-8 weeks (I say closer to 8 weeks), to completely heal from a c-section. However, your incision should be healed by 2 weeks post surgery. ...Read more

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Had cesarean section on November 30th a little over 2 weeks ago and wanted to know if could take baths yet?

Call your OB MD: Bathing puts dirty bacteria laden water into the vagina and if you had complications then your OB MD will advise you. ...Read more

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Cesarean section or vaginal delivery is better?

Vaginal: It depends, vaginal is preferred,
unless you have contraindications for it
i would check with your OB first ...Read more

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Can I ask for a cesarean section if I am giving birth to a big baby?

Can I ask for a cesarean section if I am giving birth to a big baby?

Yes: You should always feel welcome to ask for anything. Some docs may be willing to perform elective primary csections, others may not. Choosing a csection based on estimated fetal size is tenuous simply because estimates of fetal size are notoriously inaccurate late in the 3rd trimester. Acog has guidelines suggest a csection is appropriate when the estimated fetal weight is 10 to 11 lbs or more. ...Read more

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Which you prefar spinal anasthesia or general anasthesia during cesarean section?

Which you prefar spinal anasthesia or general anasthesia during cesarean section?

Spinal or epidural: The regional anesthetic with either a spinal or an epidural is the preferred way to perform this operation. It is safer for the mother, as well as lets her see the baby as they are born. Talk to your anesthesiologist about your options. ...Read more

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I was told that I have endometriosis on my incision where I had a cesarean section. How is this possible?

I was told that I have endometriosis on my incision where I had a cesarean section. How is this possible?

It is possible: Although somewhat unusual, endometriosis certainly can occur in a c-section scar, or any other pelvic surgical scar for that matter. It is thought that the cells from the inside of the uterus get "seeded" into the scar at the time of the surgery and can then begin to grow, and perhaps cause pain. ...Read more

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I had a cesarean section last yr jan, ever since I cannot feel when my bladder is full and when I go to the loo its painful after. Is this normal?

Decrease sensation: It is not unusual to get loss of feeling along the suture line in a c- section. 1-2 years may be necessary before total feeling returns. If numbness persist return to your surgeon for reevaluation. ...Read more

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Hello. My wife did a cesarean section last month. And now the left side of the scar is hurting really bad. The right side is all okay. Why is that?

Hello. My wife did a cesarean section last month. And now the left side of the scar is hurting really bad. The right side is all okay. Why is that?

Healing: It takes 6-9 months for pain from cesarean to go away. Eventually for nearly 99% of women the pain will go away completely withe time. Sometimes there is a trapped nerve that needs to be treated with steroid injections and pain medication injections, but that's fairly rare. She should see her doctor if after 4-6 months not getting better, but right now, still completely normal. ...Read more