cesarean delivery is a surgical method for delivering a baby.
It is usually resorted to when a normal vaginal delivery may
be risky or impossible because of the baby's position. Doctors
often perform a cesarean normally when the baby is in a breech
position i,e, when the baby's feet or bottom enter the birth
canal first instead of the head .The operation involves an
abdominal and uterine incision.
The abdominal incision may be horizontal or vertical. The
horizontal incision begins just above the pubic hairline while
the vertical incision starts from the bellybutton extending
down. The incision in the uterus runs horizontally across
the lower part of the uterus. Cesarean delivery is usually
done under general anesthesia.
Complications arising out of cesarean delivery are uterine
infection, urinary tract infection, complications arising
out of the use of anesthesia, thrombophlebitis, and respiratory
problems in the newborn. Cesarean delivery is more painful,
requires a longer hospital stay, and is four times more risky
than a normal vaginal delivery. The operation normally takes
30 to 45 minutes.
What will my c-section incision look like?
Although the scar from your c-section will never disappear
but it will start to shrink significantly within six weeks
of surgery. A c-section incision is only 4" to 6"
long and about 1/8" wide. Shortly after the incision
has been sewn shut, you may feel numbness and soreness at
the site, and the scar will be slightly raised, puffy, and
darker than your natural skin tone. As the incision site continues
to heal, your scar will become closer to your own skin color
and will narrow to about 1/16" in width. Your doctor
will sew up the internal incisions with a synthetic, absorbable
material and use metal staples to close the external incision.
The staples need to be removed by a professional, usually
three to four days after your surgery and just before you
leave the hospital. The staples take just seconds to remove,
and there may be a small pinch but no pain. Sneezing, coughing,
and other actions that exert pressure on the abdominal area
can be painful, especially while the stitches are still in.
should I treat the scar?
Some scars can get itchy. To soothe the itch and to deter
you from scratching it, some professionals recommend rubbing
vitamin E oil or a moisturizing cream on and around the scar.
However, this doesn't work for everyone.
are signs of an infection?
Signs of an infection include warmth or redness at the incision
site, oozing from the incision site, and fever. Call your
doctor if you have any of these problems.