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Caesar Surgery Causes, Risks and More

Updated on May 22, 2011
caesar surgery
caesar surgery

Today, Caesar surgery – often known as the Caesarean section as well – has often been one of the most widely used method when it comes to giving birth. Such a surgery often takes only 5 minutes or less and it does not usually cause any significant painful feeling to the mother giving birth to her child. However, even though it may only need a pretty short time, the effects of the Caesar surgery will usually last for quite a long time. This was why people at earlier times would only choose the Caesarean section as a last resort when nothing else worked.

the caesarean section
the caesarean section

What Is the Caesar Surgery – or the Caesarean section?

The Caesar surgery is a medical procedure that is meant to assist the mother in giving birth to her child by the process of cutting of the womb wall or uterus and the wall of the abdomen. However, the method was not always like this.

At earlier times, in order to carry out the Caesarean section, people would have to pay attention to a longitudinal incision that started below the navel going to the pubic bone. Today, a Caesar surgery is carried out in a different way. Instead of the longitudinal incision, a traverse incision going from the left side to the right side on top of the pubic bone is what often used instead.

Why Is the Caesar Operation Necessary?

The Caesar treatment often becomes necessary when the mother’s pelvis is not balanced with the size of the baby’s head. In addition to that, poisoned pregnancy, abnormal position of the baby inside the mother’s body, the mouth of the womb being covered with plasenta (plasenta previa), twin babies, pregnancy of the elderly, having undergone a Caesar surgery previously, certain diseases such as diabetes, and herpes infection are just a few other things that may cause Caesar surgery to be required.

Possible Caesarean Section Risks

However, prior to undergoing the Caesar operation, it is of utmost importance that the mother-to-be and the father-to-be take into accounts the risks they may possibly have to face if they choose this particular surgery procedure.

To start it off, compared to a mother that goes through a normal baby delivery, a mother that gives birth to her child with the help of the Caesar surgery will have to wait longer for her wounds to be healed. Furthermore, during the healing period, the mother will feel quite a painful feeling lasting for a few days. With that being said, the mother that gives birth via the Caesarean section will have to check herself up quite often to make sure that she is not suffering from any possible infections. Last but not least, another risk that the Caesar treatment may have is limited possible Caesar surgeries in the future due to the existence of the uterine scar. Unfortunately, this limitation also means a limited number of children to whom a mother can possibly give birth.

Yet, there may be some people that fear their baby will experience some defects if they choose the Caesar treatment. Fortunately, this does not usually happen.

Possible Future Pregnancy

One thing that people should be aware of is that women can still get pregnant after having gone through the Caesarean section. Fortunately, approximately 75% of the women that undergo this surgery are capable of giving birth normally to their next children.

However, for those mothers out there that are determined to pick out the Caesar treatment as their option while giving birth, it is recommended that they try not to get pregnant within one year and a half after the treatment. This is because they may risk tearing their womb (uterine rupture) and the chances are 3 times larger compared to those women that are more patient in terms of getting pregnant again.


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