Caesarean Section (C-section)

The rate of C-sections have dramatically increased across the globe. More women are willing to brave the knife even if it entails quite a number of risks. Despite the rising trend in its popularity, expectant moms should consider this with caution. More importantly, one must make the effort to understand the procedure, what it involves, and how you should prepare for it.

 

What is a C-section?

This is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through surgical incisions on the abdominal wall (laparotomy) and the uterine wall (hysterotomy). The growing rate of C-sections can be attributed to factors such as multiple births, births among older women, technological advances, or simply a woman’s personal preference.

Caesarean births can be life-saving for mother and baby. In fact, it was initially performed to separate the mother and the baby in an attempt to save the fetus of a terminally ill patient. Subsequently, this procedure was developed to resolve complications that make vaginal delivery a riskier option.

The doctor’s decision to perform a C-section at the request of the patient for social reasons must be made on a case-to-case basis, and after much counselling on the benefits and risks as well as the alternative options available.

 

What can I expect during a C-section?

A caesarean section, like any other surgical procedure, requires anesthesia. It is performed by creating an incision in the lower abdomen, followed by an incision on the uterus. The doctor will then open the uterus and the amniotic sac to carefully ease the baby out of the belly. Afterward, the doctor delivers the placenta and then stitches up all incisions.

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What are the common indications for a C-section?

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Previous caesarean delivery

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Malpresentation (e.g. breech or transverse presentation)

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Fetal distress

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Dystocia (difficult labour or abnormally slow progress of labour)

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Pelvic abnormalities that affect engagement or interfere with the descent of the fetus during labour.

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Infection

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Situations in which the risk for neonatal morbidity and mortality can be reduced by the prevention of trauma.

What to Expect After a C-section:

After a C-section, you may have to spend two to four days in the hospital for post-surgical monitoring. However, it may take a few weeks to recuperate from the surgery. The incision site may continue to be sore as the skin and nerves need time to heal. However, pain medications are prescribed to manage this.

 

If a C-section is part of your plan for your pregnancy, trust only a reputable doctor to help you through this process. Dr. Pamela Tan ensures that each patient is provided with individualized care, as each experience on this delicate road to motherhood is unique. Book your consultation today and let Dr. Tan walk you through this special journey.