C-Sections and Surgical Delivery
There are many different ways to give birth nowadays, from water births, to homeopathic methods and traditional hospital deliveries. Among these options are the surgical procedures referred to as C-sections.
Surgical delivery methods are often used as a means to prevent harm to the mother and/or baby in emergency cases, like arrested labor and fetal distress. In such cases, cesareans are usually necessary for a safe delivery, though occasionally mothers actually choose to have a cesarean done, as they believe it will go smoother than a traditional vaginal birth.
Different Kinds of C-sections
The greatest distinctions between various cesarean procedures are in the incisions. There are a few different factors that separate them, like horizontal versus vertical, as well as the location of the incision.
Traditional C-sections, also known as classic C-sections, involve a vertical incision in the middle of the abdomen. The uterus is cut in the same manner and direction, long and vertical, which allows for adequate room to deliver the baby. This surgery often comes with possible postsurgical complications, including the weakening of abdominal muscles and a risk of uterine rupture to the mother if she decides to have a successive baby using vaginal delivery and trial of labor. Traditional C-sections are usually reserved for emergency cases like premature births, babies in fetal distress, and babies with abnormalities.
A low uterine segment C-section involves a horizontal incision made directly above the bladder. The incision goes through the skin and the uterine wall, through which a doctor’s hands then pull out the baby. The wound left behind from this type of C-section often heals better than those left behind from the classic form, and there is very little risk of uterine rupture later on. Low uterine segment C-sections are the most commonly performed type of cesareans performed today.
A low vertical incision, similar to the low uterine segment C-section in location, is usually used when there are uterine factors that prevent another kind of incision from being made, such as the baby’s size or position in the womb.
A cesarean hysterectomy is when the uterus is removed during the C-section procedure. This is often performed during an emergency delivery, such as when the placenta has imbedded into the uterine wall and cannot be easily removed, or there is heavy, uncontrolled bleeding.
Generally, C-sections in non-emergency situations take between forty minutes and one hour to complete, and your partner is usually welcome to stay in the room with you during the procedure. Once your abdominal area is cleaned and the proper medication and fluids have been administered, you will be given a regional anesthesia. Patients are generally awake for C-section procedures.
The incision and delivery should go smoothly for both you and the baby, provided your doctor is organized and professional. Occasionally, something does go wrong in the delivery room during surgical procedures, and this is often caused by a preventable mistake. Some examples include broken bones, oxygen deprivation, wounds to the baby caused from medical tools, inadequate surgical wound closure, and lacerated bowels.
Serious complications and birth injuries may arise from the negligence of medical professionals during any surgical procedure, including C-sections. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a flawed cesarean or cesarean hysterectomy, contact Thurswell Law today. Call our toll free number to receive a free consultation at (866) 354-5544. We will get you the justice and compensation you deserve, and we won’t charge a fee unless you collect