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

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

Difficult: It's possible but realistically there is always local anesthesia available along with other meds which can be given quickly to help in an emergency. Truly emergent c-sections have been done with nothing (bad idea...), with IV meds (ketamine, versed, etc), or local injection (lidocaine, marcaine...Doesn't really work well either). If anesthesia isn't available (rare) it is possible but painful. ...Read more

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In case of an emergency c section, do I have the right to choose my anesthesia?

In case of an emergency c section, do I have the right to choose my anesthesia?

Great question: It depends on the true nature of the emergency. If you already have an epidural in place that is working well it can often be used during an emergency. However when time is of the essence, and the baby or mom are at risk, general anesthesia is the fastest way to get a distressed baby out and cared for. Please rely on the expertise of your obstetrician and anesthesiologist to make the best choice. ...Read more

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Am I fertile after emergency C-section delivery?

Am I fertile after emergency C-section delivery?

Probably: It is unusual for c-sections, emergency or otherwise to cause infertility. On occasion, they can cause scar tissue that results in infertility. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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After having an emergency c-section, will I be able to try delivering vaginally again?

After having an emergency c-section, will I be able to try delivering vaginally again?

Maybe not: It depends on the type of incision into the uterus, and the conditions under which the first cesarean section was found to be necessary. Vaginal birth after c/s (vbac) is becoming less common due to undiagnosed subsequent uterine rupture, complications, and liability issues.. ...Read more

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Does an emergency c section weaken the cervix?

Does an emergency c section weaken the cervix?

No: No it won't unless a classical C/S was done and extended into the cervix or a transverse C/S also had a improperly repaired cervical tear. ...Read more

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How risky is an emergency c-section?

How risky is an emergency c-section?

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. ...Read more

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How dangerous can an emergency c-section be?

How dangerous can an emergency c-section be?

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. ...Read more

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR AN NON EMERGENCY C-SECTION TO BEGIN AND END?

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR AN NON EMERGENCY C-SECTION TO BEGIN AND END?

Depends: The length of a surgery depends on many factors. The patients weight and size is one important factor. The number of previous c sections or other abdominal surgery is another. The speed and skill set of the surgeon is another factor. Each case is different. ...Read more

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How safe is emergency C-section at safe 31 weeks?

Emergency: The answer does not in any way matter. Emergency is emergency. That means there is no debate or discussion. It had to happen. Not sure why this is not obvious. ...Read more

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I had an emergency c-section; can my abdomen ever get flat or get feeling back in it?

I had an emergency c-section; can my abdomen ever get flat or get feeling back in it?

Yes!: During your stat c-section some nerve ending were transected and will take some time to get the feeling back, however a flat tummy after a c/s is certainly possible and the reason most stars opt for it. ...Read more

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If I had an emergency c-section with my first child does that mean I will be at high risk with a second?

If I had an emergency c-section with my first child does that mean I will be at high risk with a second?

Need x C section: Depending upon the reason why you required c section. If there is something permanent like small pelvis then you will probably require always c sections. If there was fetal suffering or stress during the last moments of labor then it is probably a one time deal. Ask your ob. ...Read more

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Pain on left side above waist area since having emergency c section just over 8 weeks ago also still bleeding?

Pain on left side above waist area since having emergency c section just over 8 weeks ago also still bleeding?

Contact your OB MD: At 8 weeks post C/section recurring pain is not usually the case. Contact your treating OB MD for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Should I have ultrasound scan before emergency C-section due to bleeding? If so why?

Should I have ultrasound scan before emergency C-section due to bleeding? If so why?

NO!: If you are having an emergency C-section then that means something is very wrong. It would be wrong to stop and take the time to do an ultrasound. An emergency C-section means that the surgery needs to be done immediately to save the life of the mom and baby. ...Read more

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Iv had 2 kids and am 33 weeks first one was emergency C-section and second was reg C-section what's the chance of goin into labor for number 3?

Iv had 2 kids and am 33 weeks first one was emergency C-section and second was reg C-section what's the chance of goin into labor for number 3?

You'll definitely...: ...Go into labor at some point if no c/s is done first; but vbac (vaginal birth after caesarean) is less safe than a planned c/s so that's what will be offered. ...Read more

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I've been trying to get pregnant for months and it just not happening, I already have a 6 year old, who I had a emergency c - section with. Why?

I've been trying to get pregnant for months and it just not happening, I already have a 6 year old, who I had a emergency c - section with. Why?

See your OB: There is a chance that your trouble getting pregnant is related to the previous C-section. It also may be completely unrelated. Either way, your OB should be able to help you figure out what to do next if you're trying but not able to get pregnant again. There are many possibilities so start with your OB. ...Read more

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I took a home test on 12-10-13.I had a emergency c-section 8 months ago, I haven't had a normal cycle since. My last cycle was11-25-13.Am I prengnant?

Breastfeeding: You had a baby 8 months ago, are you still breastfeeding? This will definitely throw off your menstrual cycle. If not breastfeeding, then there could be other reasons for lack of period. Did you have massive blood loss at cesarean? This can lead to problems with pituitary. Sounds like if you're not breastfeeding, you should get checked by doctor to rule out anything serious. ...Read more

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My first child was delivered by emergency c-section because I had a complete abruption caused by toxemia that was not treated. I was given high doses?

My first child was delivered by emergency c-section because I had a complete abruption caused by toxemia that was not treated. I was given high doses?

Abruption: Abruption and toxemia commonly are seen together because of the high blood pressures seen in toxemia. I'm not sure what you were given high doses of but Pitocin (oxytocin) in very high doses can contribute to abruption also. Hopefully your next pregnancy will not be so complicated. ...Read more

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Y cant you eat before a c-section? Y do people vomit during c-section? Can you have maxalon for a c-section? What if you eat before emergency c-section?

Y cant you eat before a c-section? Y do people vomit during c-section? Can you have maxalon for a c-section? What if you eat before emergency c-section?

Too dangerous: The risk of vomiting is high during csection. If a woman vomits, she risks aspiration which can be fatal. Women vomit for lots of reasons, anesthetic causes a drop in blood pressure, the uterus is being manipulated and there is abdominal pressure as well as other reasons. Maxalon is often given prophylactically before csection. If it's an emergency it's an emergency and we just accept the risk. ...Read more

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Having pain in left side rib cage and left side back and shoulder worse when breathing deeply, had a baby 8 weeks ago by emergency c-section?

Get seen now: Chest pain that is new, especially if worse when breathing needs to be evaluated right away. Pain with, taking a breath can be due to something simple like pulled muscles, or overuse, or to more worrying problems, like pneumonia or a blood clot in your lungs. Get seen now at the ER or call your PCP, or the doc covering for your doc) for instructions but go to the ER if you cannot a doc tonight. ...Read more

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Had emergency C-section after to much patoeson, made the babys heart stop a couple times, am I at high risk with a second child, b/c of the patoeson?

Had emergency C-section after to much patoeson, made the babys heart stop a couple times, am I at high risk with a second child, b/c of the patoeson?

No: Pitocin (oxytocin) is a normally occurring hormone in pregnancy. It is known to cause contractions and so gynecologists use it to induce labor. It will not alter your risk of birth defects with future children. ...Read more

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I had an emergency C-section 9 months ago and I still can't sleep on my stomach I get bad headaches if I do sleep on my stomach?

I had an emergency C-section 9 months ago and I still can't sleep on my stomach I get bad headaches if I do sleep on my stomach?

Virtual consult: I do not think it is related to your c-section. You should probably see a neurologist. If you want to talk more then please set up a virtual consult. ...Read more

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Why is my stomach still hard and round after 6 months of and emergency C-section I look pregnant still bc I'm so little it's no flab or extra skin?

Why is my stomach still hard and round after 6 months of and emergency C-section I look pregnant still bc I'm so little it's no flab or extra skin?

Rectus diastasis?: You may have a rectus diastasis, or separation of the abdominal muscles. If this is the case, it requires surgical correction, and this can be done at the same time as an abdominoplasty. Best to see your plastic surgeon for more information. ...Read more

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Trying to get pregnant my youngest is 1 though had an emergency c section at 34 weeks and appendix out 3 days before will that affect ability to do so?

Trying to get pregnant my youngest is 1 though had an emergency c section at 34 weeks and appendix out 3 days before will that affect ability to do so?

Should be ok: Having your appendix out 3 days before a c-section shouldn't impact your ability to get pregnant again. If you're having trouble, see your OB or a fertility specialist. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Just had a unilateral salpingo-oopherectomy done one week ago. Had a child three years ago by emergency c-section. Curious as to what are my chances of getting pregnant naturally after this procedure and when can we start trying.

Just had a unilateral salpingo-oopherectomy done one week ago. Had a child three years ago by emergency c-section. Curious as to what are my chances of getting pregnant naturally after this procedure and when can we start trying.

Other side status: The condition of the opposite side tube and ovary will determine the answer to your question. If the Fallopian tube is patent (open) and the ovary ovulating normally, then your chances are good for another pregnancy. Your GYN MD can perform a HSG (hysterosalpingogram) test to determine Fallopian tube patency status. ...Read more

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Why did my daughter have a cut on her head when she was born? It was emergency C-section. Her blood vessels were popped and head was cone shaped.

Why did my daughter have a cut on her head when she was born? It was emergency C-section. Her blood vessels were popped and head was cone shaped.

C/section risk: The OB cuts through the layers of the uterus during the C-section to reveal a balloon like baby container. The distance between the last layer of uterus and the balloon like lining is the width of a thick sheet of paper. The baby & container presses tightly against the wall. Occasionally the knife nicks baby at what ever point they are under the cutting edge. Shallow nicks heal quickly. ...Read more

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I had my tubes "tied" during an emergency c-section with my son 8 months ago. I am now experiencing flutters and weight gain. Could I be pregnant?

I had my tubes "tied" during an emergency c-section with my son 8 months ago. I am now experiencing flutters and weight gain. Could I be pregnant?

Not pregnant: It is highly unlikely for a woman to become pregnant following a tubal ligation. It is possible but not probable. There have been rare cases reported but in reality, you are probably not pregnant. Let me know if you actually are pregnant and I will be very surprised. Best of luck. Kevin M. Passer, M.D. FAPA ...Read more

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Emergency c-section two months ago constipated and no periods. Is it safe to start having sex?

Emergency c-section two months ago constipated and no periods. Is it safe to start having sex?

Probably: You should have had your 6 week check up where your OB usually releases you to sexual activity. If you haven't had that visit, I would do that first to make sure you are really released. But in general 6 weeks is usually a reasonable time to resume sexual activity. Use birth control and/or a condom unless you want to become pregnant again soon. ...Read more

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Had an emergency c section 3 weeks ago, now right before a bowel movement it's really painful then ok right after?

Had an emergency c section 3 weeks ago, now right before a bowel movement it's really painful then ok right after?

It could easily be: Normal and just part of the normal scar healing process. There could be some scar tissue forming that stretches and causes pain when the adjacent colon fills with stool and resolves with passage. As the healing progresses it may disappear. Or not...an adhesion may form. Watch and wait a bit...if worsens/persists, return to your Doctor. Congratulations on your baby! ...Read more

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I had a emergency c-section back in december 2009. My doctor has said il need elective c-section as I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Have I fully healed inside?

I had a emergency c-section back in december 2009. My doctor has said il need elective c-section as I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Have I fully healed inside?

Yes that was almost: 3 yo, u should be fine, u may have scar tissue or other problems or not, so an elective csection at 39 weeks if u have no problems will be schedeuled for u and u should do fine. ...Read more