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C Section FAQs [Ask an OBGYN}
Do you want to ask an OBGYN questions about a C-section? In this article, we provided answers to some of the frequently asked questions about a C-section.
What is a C-section?
Cesarean section, popularly called C-section, is a surgical procedure that involves making incisions in a mother’s abdomen and uterus to deliver a child, or in rare cases, a deceased fetus.
What is the average cost of a C-section?
The vital factors for determining the cost of a C-section is geographical location and childbirth or baby complications. C-sections generally cost more than vaginal birth. Complications during delivery could significantly increase the cost of the procedure.
What are the risks of a C-section?
C-sections are typically safe. However, it has certain risks not common with conventional vaginal delivery. The most common risks after surgery are infection, bowel problems, blood loss or blood clots in the lungs or legs. For the child, the risks are injury during delivery and undeveloped lungs or breathing challenges if delivered prematurely.
How to prepare for a C-section?
Planning adequately ahead of the procedure is advised. Expectant mothers can prepare by getting help with routine tasks such as house cleaning, grocery shopping or yard work. Pregnant women are advised to stay off alcohol and tobacco products during pregnancy. Continued use could prolong recovery after surgery and cause serious congenital disabilities.
What can I expect during a C-section?
During a C-section, the OBGYN will give the woman spinal anesthesia and sometimes, general anesthesia. The surgeon will make careful incisions in the patient’s abdominal tissue and muscle and then the uterus. After removing the baby and placenta, the health care team will close up the incisions. The duration of the surgery is typically between thirty minutes to an hour.
What is the rate of recovery after a C-section?
Incisions from a C-section take about six weeks to heal. During this period, the woman may experience minor discomfort and fatigue. It is advisable that women get enough rest, drink plenty of water and avoid sexual intercourse during the recovery period. If signs such as infection, painful urination, foul-smelling discharge or leg pain and swelling occur, a visit to the OBGYN is necessary. Also, the patient should contact their physician if they notice signs of depression, since it could be an indication of postpartum depression.
What happens after a C-section?
After the surgery, the woman may need to remain in the hospital for about three to five days. Complete recovery takes between four to six weeks. The woman may feel pain after the surgery, but it is advisable to walk around as recommended by the health care team. Eating well, staying healthy and exercising regularly after the surgery will help the body during the healing process, and the scar of the incision will gradually fade with time.
What are the alternatives to a C-section?
You need to talk to your OBGYN to learn about alternatives to undergoing a C-section.
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