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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
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Incrementally worse.

The first c-section should be pretty safe; the second usually almost as safe.
The third and beyond c-sections get too risky for mother and baby and should be avoided with proper contraceptive techniques.

In brief: Incrementally worse.

The first c-section should be pretty safe; the second usually almost as safe.
The third and beyond c-sections get too risky for mother and baby and should be avoided with proper contraceptive techniques.
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