Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Emergency cesarean section under local anesthesia

Cesarean section: There are situations where the safest option for you or your baby is to have a caesarean section.
As a caesarean section involves major surgery, it will only be performed where there is a real clinical need for this type of delivery.
Your baby is delivered by cutting through your abdomen and then into your uterus. The cut is made across your abdomen, just below your bikini line. The scar is usually hidden in your pubic hair.
If you are expecting twins, triplets or more, it is more likely that you will be advised to have a caesarean section. This will depend on how your pregnancy progresses, the position of your babies and whether the babies share a placenta.
Whenever a caesarean is suggested, your doctor will explain why it is advised and any possible side effects. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
Emergency cesareans section   
Urgent (emergency) caesarean sections are necessary when complications develop and delivery needs to be quick. This may be before or during labor. If your midwife and doctor are concerned about your or your baby’s safety, they will suggest that you have a caesarean straight away. Sometimes your doctor or midwife may suggest an emergency caesarean if your cervix does not dilate fully during labor.
Cesarean section epidural anesthesia   
In the UK, most caesarean sections are performed under epidural or spinal anesthesia, which minimizes risk and means that you are awake for the delivery of your baby. A general anesthetic is sometimes used – particularly if the baby needs to be delivered very quickly.
If you have an epidural or spinal anesthesia, you will not feel pain – just some tugging and pulling as your baby is delivered. A screen will be put up so that you cannot see what is being done. The doctors will talk to you and let you know what is happening.

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