5 doctors weighed in:
Is there a gentle way to treat retained placenta?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not
The term "retained placenta" implies that the placenta has failed to detach spontaneously with the usual postpartum measures including uterine massage, IV pitocin, (oxytocin) and gentle umbilical cord traction.
At that point manual removal of the placenta is indicated, and while performed carefully may not seem to be gentle. If manual removal is incomplete, surgical removal by curettage is usually next.

In brief: Probably not
The term "retained placenta" implies that the placenta has failed to detach spontaneously with the usual postpartum measures including uterine massage, IV pitocin, (oxytocin) and gentle umbilical cord traction.
At that point manual removal of the placenta is indicated, and while performed carefully may not seem to be gentle. If manual removal is incomplete, surgical removal by curettage is usually next.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Walter Kobasa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: DEPENDS
It depends on how long the placenta remains attatched to the uterus and the cause.
Most retained plcenta come out by just waiting. Sometimes using medications(pitocin (oxytocin) or cytotc) help if that does not work and bleeding increases, it might be necessary to place a hand into the uteus and manually remove it. Rarely surgical intervention is needed to remove the placenta.

In brief: DEPENDS
It depends on how long the placenta remains attatched to the uterus and the cause.
Most retained plcenta come out by just waiting. Sometimes using medications(pitocin (oxytocin) or cytotc) help if that does not work and bleeding increases, it might be necessary to place a hand into the uteus and manually remove it. Rarely surgical intervention is needed to remove the placenta.
Dr. Walter Kobasa
Dr. Walter Kobasa
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