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What are the risks of a caesarean section?

As a caesarean section involves anesthesia and major surgery, there are risks and complications associated with the procedure. Some potential risks include: a risk of injury to abdominal organs including the bladder and bowel; a risk of infections to the wound site, uterus or urinary tract; a risk of developing blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis); hemorrhage (blood loss), which can sometimes require blood transfusions; anesthetic complications, including allergic reactions, medication side effects and maternal death; complications to the uterus from the caesarean incision. (this can include the placenta abnormally attaching to the uterus wall in future pregnancies, as well as the risk of the uterus rupturing in future pregnancies); temporary respiratory complications in your newborn, and; increased recovery time.

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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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