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What are the medical risks of C-sections?

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Today, more women than ever before opt to plan and schedule cesarean sections. There’s a myriad of reasons for this, including the woman’s health, the baby’s health and (for some) convenience. 

In other situations, C-sections aren’t part of a birth plan. This is typically when an emergency occurs. However, regardless of why you have a C-section, knowing what may go wrong is important. This is a surgery, and there are risks. 

Here, you can learn about some of the most common risks of cesarean sections

Risks and complications related to C-sections

Understanding the risks of a C-section can help you decide if this is the best option for you and your baby. These risks include the following:

  • Blood clots
  • Reaction to the anesthesia used
  • Hemorrhaging 
  • Injuries caused during the surgery to your intestines or bladder
  • Post-surgical infections

The long-term risks of C-sections

The above represents the immediate risks related to C-sections. Unfortunately, they don’t stop there. After having a C-section, you may experience complications if you become pregnant again. While this doesn’t happen to everyone, it is a potential risk and something to be aware of when deciding your birth plan. 

Having a C-section can also increase breathing issues for your baby. During traditional vaginal delivery, a baby’s lungs are cleared of fluid. This doesn’t happen during the C-section. Your baby may also be accidentally scraped or nicked when the incision is made for the C-section. 

Protecting your rights

If you experience any issue related to your C-section, it’s important to consider if it was due to negligence by the medical staff. If so, you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit and recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Knowing your rights and how medical malpractice works will help you determine if you have a case. 


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