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Is it possible to have the baby turned out of the breech position if I had a c-section in my last pregnancy?
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
You can try to have a version so long as you did not have a classical c-section before.

In brief: Yes
You can try to have a version so long as you did not have a classical c-section before.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: External version
The procedure to turn the baby from breech to head down (cephalic) is called an external cephalic version.
It can be done on a patient with a previous c section. A version is not a risk free procedure. Neither is a vaginal delivery after c section (vbac). You would need to discuss this with your doctor and jointly decide if you both are comfortable with this plan.

In brief: External version
The procedure to turn the baby from breech to head down (cephalic) is called an external cephalic version.
It can be done on a patient with a previous c section. A version is not a risk free procedure. Neither is a vaginal delivery after c section (vbac). You would need to discuss this with your doctor and jointly decide if you both are comfortable with this plan.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
There is not much data about the safety of doing an external cephalic version (ecv or turning the baby) in someone with a previous c-section scar. The risk is that the scar on the uterus may break open (rupture) and that would require an emergency surgery and may cause harm to both the mother and the fetus.
This question is best answered as a discussion between you and your doctor.

In brief: Possibly
There is not much data about the safety of doing an external cephalic version (ecv or turning the baby) in someone with a previous c-section scar. The risk is that the scar on the uterus may break open (rupture) and that would require an emergency surgery and may cause harm to both the mother and the fetus.
This question is best answered as a discussion between you and your doctor.
Dr. Erin Alward
Dr. Erin Alward
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
In brief: Possible/advisable??
External cephalic version involves manual pressure/force on the term gravid uterus and fetus under anesthesia and muscle relaxation.
You can appreciate how a scar from a prior cesarean section can decrease your likelihood of success and increase your risk for complications such as uterine rupture, placental abruption and non-reassuring fetal status. I would not recommend it - repeat c/s is safer.

In brief: Possible/advisable??
External cephalic version involves manual pressure/force on the term gravid uterus and fetus under anesthesia and muscle relaxation.
You can appreciate how a scar from a prior cesarean section can decrease your likelihood of success and increase your risk for complications such as uterine rupture, placental abruption and non-reassuring fetal status. I would not recommend it - repeat c/s is safer.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Raj Syal
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Sometimes
External version (flipping the baby) is not done by most ob/gyns now days.
A patient with a previous c/s would not be the best candidate.

In brief: Sometimes
External version (flipping the baby) is not done by most ob/gyns now days.
A patient with a previous c/s would not be the best candidate.
Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal
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