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Risks associated with delivering a baby through Caesarean section

BY: Deena David | Category: Women | Post Date: 2009-10-14

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Caesarean section surgery or C-section is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. This surgery is performed because it helps to prevent the baby from having birth trauma that can cause damage which can make the baby disabled for life. Though these surgeries are performed very commonly, they are not without risks.

There are various risks associated with Caesarean section surgery. This article gives a list of the problems and risks that can be present after a Caesarean section surgery for the mother.

Risks and complications of Caesarean section surgery for the mother:

1. Post operative infection:

The most common complication is the presence of post operative complications that occur. It can make the woman have a long period of recovery. There can be infection in the site of the incision.

2. Pain:

Though the normal delivery causes pain in the patient, the pain ceases to occur after the birth of the child. The pain as a result of Caesarean section surgery can be present on the site of incision for a long time. Incisional pain is a common complication of Caesarean section surgery.

3. Sputum collection:

Respiratory infections can occur in some patients. This is because after Caesarean section surgery, a person may not breathe to full capacity. This can lead to sputum collection in the lungs and can cause respiratory infection. This is another common complication of Caesarean section surgery. Adequate care by making the patient to do chest expansion exercises and breathing exercises will help to decrease the immediate problem. Chest infection has to be treated with antibiotics to prevent it from becoming more severe.

4. Death of the mother during surgery:

Though the incidence of the death of the woman during Caesarean section surgery has decreased, it is still prevalent. This is a high risk that has to be faced. There can be many complications that existed during the pregnancy that can lead to death on the operating table. There can also be some sudden emergency that can occur during the surgery leading to death.

5. Muscle weakness:

Muscle weakness is one of the most important and common complication after any surgery. After Caesarean section surgery, the muscles that were divided as part of the surgical procedure may take some time to heal and this can lead to weakness of these muscles. Adequate post operative exercises will prevent weakness to continue for a long time.

6. Decreased functional ability:

The immediate post operative period after Caesarean section surgery can be very disabling to the patient functionally because the patient has to limit certain activities in the first few days after surgery.

7. Care for the baby:

The mother who has undergone surgery finds it more difficult to nurse the baby than the mother who had the delivery normally. This is another problem that is associated with delivering a baby through Caesarean section surgery.

These are some of the most common and important complications that occur after Caesarean section surgery. Adequate care can prevent most of these complications from occurring.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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