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What Are the Risks of C-Sections?

Sep 6, 2021 | Firm News

Generally speaking, a c-sections is a very safe and routine procedure. However, like any surgery, it does carry some risks with it.

The severity of these risks largely depends on whether or not the surgery was planned or happened because of an emergency in the birthing process.

It is a good idea to talk to your doctor early on in your pregnancy to discuss the risks a c-section poses to your health and body specifically, as well as your baby.

Risks Posed to You

Some of the main risks that are posed to the mother include:

  • Wound infection- this is relatively common. An infection surrounding the area that was cut into can cause redness, swelling, increasing pain, and discharge.
  • Infections around the wound lining- this is another common side effect of cesarean procedures. Symptoms you may experience are fever, stomach pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, and heavy vaginal bleeding.
  • Excessive bleeding- this does not happen too often but can sometimes create significant issues. If this happens to you, it could require a blood transfusion or sometimes further surgery to stop the bleeding.
  • Damage to uterus and bladder- this is also not commonly seen. Further surgery would probably be required to rectify the damages done.
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)- DVT is very rare. It is a blood clot that accumulates in your leg, causing pain and swelling. However, the highest risk it poses is if it travels to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolisms are blood clots in your neck that are incredibly life-threatening if they are not caught quickly.

Risks Posed to Your Child

The baby can also be at risk in certain situations during a c-section. They include:

  • Skin cuts- this happens commonly and may accidentally occur as your womb is open. It is almost always minor and heals with no problems.
  • Breathing challenges- this also commonly happens. Modern technology has come a very long way, and with the monitoring devices hospitals have, the issues usually resolve within a few days.

Risks For Future Pregnancies

For most people who go through childbirth, having a c-section will not affect future pregnancies. Most people can undergo vaginal birth in their subsequent pregnancy, but sometimes it is necessary and safer to go ahead and do the cesarean again.

It is not common, but c-sections can increase the risk of a couple of problems in future pregnancies, including:

  • The scar in your womb reopening.
  • The placenta being oddly attached to the wall of the womb, causing problems delivering the placenta.
  • Stillbirth.

Where to Turn if You Endured Problems in Your C-Section

If you underwent a cesarean section surgery and had avoidable problems causing you or your child injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Garau Germano, P.C. work tirelessly to get you the results you deserve, case after case.

Call our office at to schedule your free consultation and allow us to help review the details of your case. We are here for you.