Risks and Complications of Cesarean Section
There are certain risks associated with a cesarean section which have to be kept in mind. This includes risks to the mother and risks to the baby.
Risks to Mother
- There are more chances of complications following childbirth in case of cesarean section delivery than in vaginal delivery.
- The recovery time is longer after cesarean section.
- Complications associated with any major surgery, such as hemorrhage (bleeding), wound infection, and injury to surrounding organs such as ureter, bladder and bowel.
- Uterine injury.
- Uterine atony – the uterus may not contract sufficiently following delivery.
- Anesthetic complications, including adverse reaction to anesthetic agents.
- Risk of developing blood clots in veins, such as DVT (deep vein thrombosis), with its more dangerous sequel of pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lung), which can be life-threatening. Early ambulation after surgery can help to prevent this complication.
- Urinary tract infection.